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Free tennis day proves a hit

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October 19, 2017

Tora Duffy in Saturday morning tennis action.

The free tennis day was enjoyed by everyone on Sunday.

People of all ages descended on the lawn tennis courts on Sunday for the free tennis day hosted by the Yarrawonga Lawn Tennis Club.

With plenty of giveaways donated by Tennis Victoria, everyone went away with something to help get them excited about tennis.

Reigning club men’s champion Ronan Pritchard sent down the fastest serve of the day which clocked over 150kms per hour.

Hayley Bennett and Harry Mouat showed they have plenty of skill, managing to hit the tennis ball back into the ball machine to win the tennis towels.

There were plenty of kids running around with new wrist bands and temporary tattoos.

In amongst all the giveaways, Ronan and Brady Pritchard provided some free coaching tips for the kids before club coach Greg Duns began a big game of ‘Out’.

Thanks to all the families for coming to support local tennis and a big thank you to the volunteers who put the day together.

Goulburn Murray 2

The Goulburn Murray tennis competition started on Saturday with both Yarrawonga teams playing at home.

Brady Pritchard showed that all his coaching work is good for his tennis game winning his first singles of the season 6-0.

Ellen Bruce and Grant Chappell also opened their season with a singles win against a very strong Shepparton side.

However, those singles matches were the only sets that Yarra won as Shepparton comfortably won the day 9 sets to 3.

Goulburn Murray 3

This season Yarra have also entered a team in the GM3 grade. This team looks like being a premiership contender as they thumped the side that had travelled all the way from Kyabram.

The ladies lost only 4 games in their 4 doubles sets which set up the win.

Josh Buerckner and Fraser Bennett combined for the best mens doubles win of the day with an 8-3.

Kyabram fought back in the mixed winning two of their three sets for the day. Only the Buerckners, Josh and Jen, were able to claim a victory in the mixed. This is an area Yarra will have to improve on if they are to be real premiership contenders.

Juniors

The first week of junior tennis was played in perfect weather fitting of the great game. Numbers for our Saturday morning program have defied expectations with a significant increase from last year.

The red and orange ball hot shots program started with some extremely excited children learning the game under the guidance of coach Brady Pritchard and apprentice Thomas Loughnan.

The kids enjoyed lots of minor games with a firm focus on enjoying learning the basics of the game.

The three coaching groups are bursting at the seams with club coach Greg Duns ecstatic with the talent he oversaw with his assistant Eliza York.

The skills of this group are already well established and it won’t be long until some of these students will be moving up to play matches.

The matches group had 45 kids participating and all matches were played in great spirit.

The winners of each group were; Group 1 Liam Williams 18 Hamish Ingram 16, Group 2 Connor Phibbs 18 Polly Mcrae 18, Group 3 Sam Bigger 18 Charli Head 18, Group 4 Bailey Lewis 18 Lachie Conway 18, Group 5 Ella Skehan 18 Torah Duffy 14, Group 6 Isobel Nagle 12 Emma Thompson 11.

There are still some vacancies for all groups in the Saturday morning programs and queries about registering can be made to Jason Bassett on 0448 838 256.

Also a reminder that the first Sportspower tournament hosted by Yarrawonga will be held on Sunday November 12. It is hoped that we will have a massive number of players.

Aggregate

Aggregate tennis started in the afternoon with the numbers down a bit with two sides playing in the Goulburn Murray competition.

However for those that played, there was plenty of good tennis.

Ashley Wheaton played well but was not quite able to match the class of Peter Thomas who won the section by winning 22 of a possible 24 games and only dropping 9 games.

Aggregate tennis is the perfect option for anyone who wants to have a competitive hit of tennis on a Saturday afternoon. You can play every weekend or only when you feel like it, the choice is yours.

Simply ring the clubhouse on 5744 2016 between 12.30 and 1pm and leave your name.

You will be placed in a group with players of similar ability for at least 3 sets of tennis.

A reminder that the tennis starts at 1.30pm.

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