Yarrawonga Chronicle

Tennis is back

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Yarrawonga Lawn Tennis Club is excited to be back on the courts for the 2021/22 season.

At the recent Annual General Meeting Daryl Bennett was re-elected as President for another term. Daryl has the support of a strong committee that are keen to see the club continuall­y improve.

The opportunit­ies for tennis in Yarrawonga are immense and the club aims to cater for the needs of all members and visitors.

The range of programs are impressive for a small club and all community members are encouraged to come and check out what is on offer.

The YLTC holds social aggregate style tennis at four different times during the week.

Each of these events provide the opportunit­y for new players to come and trial tennis prior to committing to becoming a member.

The main aggregate night is Friday night, and this will kick off on Friday, October 15. Arrive just before 6pm and enjoy a relaxed competitio­n catering for all standards.

The other times where anyone can simply sign-in on the day are Saturday at 1pm for all players, Tuesday morning commencing at 9.30 for the ladies and Wednesday at 1pm for the mens social hit. There is no compulsion to attend each of these on a weekly basis although once you have tried it once it will be hard to not keep going back.

Commencing on October 9 the Saturday morning program will hit the courts. Catering for players aged from 5-16 there are a range of different options.

Hot Shots is designed for tennis novices where the fundamenta­ls are taught on smaller courts with a strong focus on hitting lots of balls.

Coaching is the next phase where participan­ts are taught the technique around each of the shots and especially the all-important serve.

Match play is the third and final component of Saturday morning where the players are guaranteed three sets each morning.

To complement the Saturday morning program is the opportunit­y to play in the Sunday Sportspowe­r events which comprises of six different tournament­s in the north-east for juniors over the Summer period.

Beyond this, keen players are encouraged to play in the Junior Points Tournament­s that are conducted all over Victoria and throughout Australia.

Juniors of this level benefit from the Squad program which is held on Thursday afternoons.

Squad is overseen by experience­d Club Coach Greg Duns. Greg provides a range of drills to ensure stroke and tactical developmen­t.

Greg offers mid-week group coaching on Wednesday and Friday afternoons for juniors. These are very popular.

Greg also provides individual lessons on request to really refine your game. Tennis is a challengin­g sport to become proficient at and juniors benefit most from mid-week coaching coupled with Saturday morning match play.

Last year Greg initiated a Monday morning ladies coaching program designed for novice players.

This was very popular and will return in late November. These mornings will be filled with laughter and socialisin­g with some tennis whacked around the courts.

The YLTC also holds midweek teams events which run from early November until March. These competitio­ns are for men on Tuesday nights and ladies on Thursday nights.

Both events commence at 6pm with three sets of doubles played. Players enter individual­ly and are placed in teams.

This ensures that players have close matches every week. They are very social evenings and a great way to catch up with a range of people on a regular basis.

For more serious and committed players the YLTC is very keen to continue its representa­tion in the Goulburn Murray Tennis Associatio­n.

Over the past few seasons, the club has entered a side in Division 2 of this competitio­n. Names are being taken and a decision on the division a team will enter will be dependent on the players that are interested in playing.

If interested, please let Grant Lewis know as soon as possible.

The local Wilby Tennis Associatio­n commences in mid October. This competitio­n has the powerhouse local hamlets of Burramine, Mulwala, Savernake, Telford, Tungamah and Wilby battling on the court each week.

Each team comprises of four men and four ladies. Each player participat­es in four sets of tennis each week.

A range of abilities and ages play each week, and this has been this competitio­n has been the breeding ground for some of the district finest players over many decades.

Anyone keen to play for any of these teams is encouraged to contact Associatio­n President John Wright.

If you are interested in any of the wonderful and diverse tennis programs during the week please ring Jason Bassett on 0448 838 256 who will provide relevant contacts for each program.

The club will be following the protocols prescribed by Tennis Victoria. These are changing often and the club will adapt measures as need be.

One of the most important aspects required is to keep a record of people attending the venue. As a committee we have undertaken to use the QR Code System.

This requires members to download QR App. When in attendance at the courts you must scan the club’s code which is placed in many areas around the complex. During club ran programs a hand-written sign-in sheet will also be available.

For the fifth consecutiv­e season membership­s remain at $80 for juniors, $125 for adults and for $260 there is the opportunit­y for all family members to enjoy tennis for 12 months of the year.

Enjoy hitting.

 ??  ?? Laynne Rhodes taking part in the Saturday morning tennis early last year.
Laynne Rhodes taking part in the Saturday morning tennis early last year.

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