For the first time this year, both Goulburn Murray tennis teams had a win on Saturday afternoon.
Reigning club champion, Ronan Pritchard, got his season underway after an extended injury lay-off and showed he will be hard to beat again this season. Ronan won his singles 6-1 and then combined with Brady Pritchard for an 8-4 win in the doubles. Ellen Bruce also comfortably won her singles 6-2.
Yarrawonga went into the mixed leading 41 games to 33 and just needed to maintain their momentum to get their first win of the year. Jo McCarthy and Brady played some great tennis but were over-run by the strong Shepparton pair, losing 8-2, which brought the margin back to only 2 games. Jordi McCarthy and Ronan won a very tight tie-break which opened up Yarrawonga’s lead to 3 games. This brought all the pressure on the number one pair of Grant Chappell and Ellen. Grant and Ellen remained composed and won the mixed 8-6.
The Goulburn Murray 3 team didn’t face the same stress as the other team as they continued their strong form with an 11 sets to 3 win over Tatura. Liam Pitches showed how much his game has improved playing the higher grade as he dropped down to help fill the team this week. Liam won all three sets, including an 8-1 thrashing in the mixed as he combined well with Gert Brunner. Gert was the dominant lady on the day. She comfortably won her other sets, 8-0 with Julie Pritchard and 8-2 with Amy Lairson.
Alicia Molik Cup
The Goulburn region qualified for the Alicia Molik Cup held at Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club on the 9th and 10th December. The Cup brings together sixteen of the Victorian tennis regions to play a mixed doubles and singles team format. Yarrawonga’s Fraser Bennett was selected in the four person side, along with Shepparton’s Zach Ranson and Emily Turcato. Euroa’s Alanna Birch was the fourth member of the team.
The Goulburn team had a very tough pool having to play two Melbourne Metro teams and the strong Loddon Campaspe team on Saturday. In the first match, Goulburn pushed Loddon Campaspe with all four players hitting the ball at a very high standard. It was Fraser Bennett who managed to break through with a hard fought 7-5 win in his singles. In the next two matches against Waverly and the North Eastern Melbourne Junior Association, the standard went up to a whole new level. All the Goulburn players could hold their heads high as the quality of tennis was outstanding. The two metro teams had four players who had recently represented Victoria and their depth proved too much for our local team.
Goulburn went into Sunday’s semi-final play-off full of confidence but this time it was only Zach Ranson who managed to win his singles. In the final match of the weekend, Goulburn played off against East Gippsland. Goulburn got off to a great start with Emily and Fraser winning the first mixed in a tie break then Zach and Alanna put Goulburn in a strong position winning their mixed 6-1. The girls then put the result beyond doubt with both Emily and Alanna winning their singles.
All four players benefitted from playing such a high standard of tennis at Kooyong and the Goulburn region should be very proud of their efforts. Thank you to Heather Lees for putting the team together and to Daryl Bennett for acting as Team manager for the weekend.
Thursday night ladies tennis
Results from round 2
Hingis 35 def Henin 18, Evert 26 def Graf 24 & Williams 33 def Barty 14.
Winning all their sets were; Caitlin McNamara, Wendy Cooper, Jackie Smith Anna Castles and Win Win Hwte.
Please bring an item for the Christmas Hamper. The winner will be drawn after our nibbles and pizza tea.
Reminder to contact Gert on 0447 035 794 by 12 noon if you need to forfeit so she has time to organize a game for the other team.