Yarrawonga Chronicle

Tennis is back with something for everyone


Juniors hit the court

Saturday mornings juniors were back and it was terrific to see the kids on the courts enjoying themselves.

The Hot Shots program is designed for novice players aged between 5 and 7. The kids learn the fundamenta­ls of tennis on small courts with low compressio­n tennis balls.

Minor games and skills are combined in the 40-minute sessions designed to keep the kids entertaine­d whilst learning new skills.

The kids really enjoyed their first morning under the tutorage of current Club Champion Jack Bassett and assistants Daniel Herrod and Mekaylah Duns.

The assistance of parents for this program is essential and it was great to see everyone getting involved.

The coaching program is the next step on the Saturday morning coaching journey and is aimed at players between the ages of 7 and 11.

Making a guest appearance to lead the program for a few weeks is Ronan Pritchard. It was great to see the former Club Champion and superstar coach providing drills to develop the players forehands, backhands and serving.

With gun juniors Liam Williams, Lucy Bassett and Jess Linehan also lending their knowledge to this program it is evident that these juniors will rapidly improve.

The players that would have normally have started playing matches were part of a fun game of ‘Up and Down the River’ that ensured everyone in attendance hit a maximum amount of balls whilst they were there.

With many kids starting off a little rusty, it didn’t take long for rallies to become longer with some awesome shots being played. One more week of this will be played before some modified practice matches will commence.

Whilst the numbers for the Saturday junior program have been overwhelmi­ng, the club has taken positive steps by ensuring there is a lot of coaches to ensure as many balls are hit each morning as possible.

There are still positions available and anyone interested are encouraged to contact Greg Duns, Lisa Linehan or Jason Bassett as soon as possible to join the fun.

A junior squad program will commence on Thursday, October 21. Squad is overseen by experience­d Club Coach Greg Duns. Greg provides a range of drills to ensure stroke and tactical developmen­t.

Greg and his coaching team also provide junior group coaching sessions on Wednesday and Friday afternoons. These sessions are great fun and to improve at tennis it is recommende­d that a weekday practice session coupled with Saturday morning matchplay is a perfect combinatio­n.

For younger players the more tennis sessions the kids do the better they become.

Wednesday night social fast four teams competitio­n

Find a team of four friends, family members, workmates or school friends. Starting Wednesday November 3 and running for four weeks only, this is a new initiative being organised by the Yarrawonga Lawn Tennis Club.

Teams will strategica­lly be pitted against each other to ensure fun competitio­n. Commencing at 6pm and finishing by 7.30 pm this will allow everyone to socialise after the matches.

It is hoped to attract people to the club who may not regularly visit and this will hopefully boost the club profile.

Tuesday Mens and Thursday Ladies Teams


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 method allows new players to join without the issue of trying to find a team.

It also 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. Names for both competitio­ns must be submitted by November 1.

Rock up and play sessions

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 this Friday, October 15. Arrive just before 6pm and enjoy a relaxed competitio­n catering for all standards.

Other times where anyone can simply signin on the day are Saturday at 1pm for all players, Tuesday morning commencing at 9.30 for ladies and Wednesday at 1pm for 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.

Goulburn Murray Tennis Associatio­n

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 by Saturday October 16.

Wilby Tennis Associatio­n

The local Wilby Tennis Associatio­n commences on Friday, October 22. This competitio­n has the powerhouse local hamlets of Burramine, Mulwala, Savernake, Telford, Tungamah and Wilby battling on the court each week. It is awesome to see Mulwala will have two sides this year.

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.

Monday morning ladies coaching

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.


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.

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 they 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 the club 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.

Enjoy hitting.

 ?? ?? Elle Hammon enjoyed being back on the court.
Elle Hammon enjoyed being back on the court.
 ?? ?? Bel Hargreaves looks to hit a forehand.
Bel Hargreaves looks to hit a forehand.
 ?? ?? Hot Shots lining up to begin their skills training.
Hot Shots lining up to begin their skills training.

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