Yarrawonga star tennis player Jack Bassett represented Victoria in the prestigious Bruce Cup in Shepparton between October 14 and October 21.
The Bruce Cup is a team-based event contested between the eight states and territories.
Each team consisted of seven boys and seven girls of primary school age.
The competition involved players playing a singles, doubles and a mixed doubles match each day against each team.
The tennis was of an excellent standard with the best junior players from Australia trying to win matches for their state.
Victoria finished fourth out of the eight states with tennis powerhouse New South Wales winning the event quite convincingly.
Victoria could easily have finished second as they lost to both Western Australia and Queensland 13-11 with many matches decided by super tie breakers.
Individually Jack exceeded all expectations winning 14 out of his 18 matches for Victoria for the week. This was the most won by any of the boys in the team.
He played as a number two or three in singles and as the number one or two pairing in the doubles events. Jack managed to win all his mixed doubles games for the week.
Jack also performed extremely well in individual tournament which was also held at the same time as the team’s event.
Jack won his first round and then defeated the sixth seeded boy in the tournament 7/6, 7/6 which was a great effort.
In the round of 16 he was defeated by a strong player from Sydney.
Jack appreciated the social aspect of the tournament playing in a team environment. He enjoyed being interviewed for the local news and his efforts were rewarded when he was selected to pass on the flag to South Australia who will host the Bruce Cup in 2018.
Jack is extremely fortunate to have local legend Jon Coleman as his long-term coach. Jack has been under the tutorage of Jon for five years and is extremely grateful for Jon instilling in him a focus on technique but more importantly the enjoyment of tennis.
Jack spends countless hours, especially over summer, at the Yarrawonga Lawn Tennis Club and the support of the club is certainly appreciated.
The costs associated with training and competing in the Bruce Cup were substantial. Jack has been grateful for the support of the community members who have purchased School Support Raffle Tickets.
Jack is also extremely appreciative to some local organisations who have provided some generous sponsorship to enable him to represent Victoria; Yarrawonga College P-12, Yarrawonga Lawn Tennis Club, Burramine Sports Club, ClubMulwala, Godfathers and the Swinger Hotel Social Golf Club each provided generous donations and their support was greatly appreciated.
Jack had an amazing week of tennis and will have lasting memories of representing Victoria.