At the commencement of the Saturday morning tennis, the awards were presented to the winners and runners up of the recently completed Premier League. It is fantastic to see so many emerging stars amongst the juniors.
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Congratulations to Elli Buerckner, Ella Lewis, Lucy Judd, Ava Cox, Georgie Smith, Maddison Gove, Wil Anderson, Noah Cox, Jackson Prosser, Finn Angwin, Theo Vodusek and Jack Carmichael on being part of the Pies team. Also well done to the Blues players who were runners up.
It was back to an aggregate style format with most players in matches completing two doubles and a singles.
Many courts didn’t finish until after 11 o’clock which is testimony to the great tennis that was played ensuring a lot of matches were very even.
Court winners were Noah Cox, Thomas Lawrence, Theo Vodusek, James Cummins, Liam Mansfield, Tyler Buerckner, Ernie Buerckner, Taylor Lewis, Ernie Inchbold, Poppy Cooper, Demi Rhodes, Kiera Buerckner, Grace Foran, Natalie Linehan, Emily Judd, Taylah Chessells, Poppy Robinson and Annabelle Buerckner.
The Hot Shots and coaching groups continue to develop under the guidance of club coach Greg Duns and his coaching team. The Hot Shots are really enjoying the modified activities that are designed as an introduction to tennis.
This program is inclusive of all abilities and the skills learnt can be transferred to other sports.
The players in the coaching groups have improved so much. Some of these players will transition into matches in the new year whilst others will commence some modified match play.
This week is the final Saturday morning for 2023. Hot Shots and coaching will be business as usual. Players in match play are to bring a parent, relative or a friend along to play in the Parent/ Child morning.
This has been the traditional lead into Christmas for many years and is always enjoyed by all in attendance.
Parents are reminded that many of them only play once a year so they are encouraged to warm up appropriately or face the consequences of a soft tissue injury.
For the second week in a row the Mens Tuesday night competition was washed out. Club historians John Arnold and Pete Thomas were overheard to say this was the first time this has happened since 1962 which is unbelievable.
The season recommenced round 4 on Tuesday.
The ladies were greeted by a beautiful Yarrawonga evening for their weekly hit. There was some outstanding tennis played and the rallies are getting longer each week.
After a shock loss last week, Carpenter bounced back to win all 6 sets in emphatic fashion.
The team of Sandra Heaney, Janelle Hartwig, Emily Linehan and Mahlee Hartwig are combining extremely well.
Kerr and Kennedy had many tight matches and eventually split the sets 3 apiece with Kennedy taking the night by 6 games. Indicating how even the contest was, no player won all of their matches.
Arnold and Foord enjoyed their hit with Arnold proving a little too strong winning 5 sets to 1. Tess Bassett and Bev Munro were players of the night both being undefeated.
In the final rubber of the night Vine also won 5 sets to 1. Maddy Allan and Lara Angwin were the stars with 3 wins. A special thanks to Kerrina Worley who subbed in on very short notice.
The ladder after round 4 is Carpenter 26, Arnold 26, Kerr 22, Kennedy 18, Foord 17, Catley 10, Raso 10, Vine 9, Fowler 6.
Wilby Tennis gather round
On a glorious night for the tennis, the courts were a hive of activity on Friday night. The inaugural Gather Round of the Wilby Tennis Association was a tremendous success.
All 8 teams were playing at Yarrawonga and with three other courts being used for the regular social tennis it was a fantastic atmosphere. The clear highlight of the night was the amount of juniors either playing or watching their parents have a hit.
A photo was taken of the kids at the end of the night and there were nearly 30 kids in attendance.
Operating on NSW time the Mulwala teams battled it out. Starting early allowed maximum socialisation for these two teams.
Mulwala Gold’s men were in ruthless form not dropping a set with Damian Cook, Jason Cox, Van Kreeck and Lachlan Orr all in good touch. Their ladies were nearly as strong winning 5 sets with Emily Linehan and Beth Robinson both undefeated.
Mulwala Gold finished by taking a clean sweep of the mixed. Mulwala Gold taking the points 8 to 0 for their first win of the season.
In a battle that many predict will be the preview of the Grand Final, Savernake and Telford had a great battle. Savernake’s men played very well to win 4 of the sets with former Player of the Year Jock Toms in great form to not drop a set. The scoreline was reversed in the ladies with Telford winning 4 sets with new player Laura Nunn not dropping a set.
Savernake’s mixed combination teamed beautifully to win all of the sets. Savernake installed as premiership favourite taking the points 6 to 2.
Wilby and Tungamah Gold had many close sets and an enjoyable night. Wilby’s men proved too strong being undefeated on the night with Anthony Hammon, Russell Whinray, Jarryd Fountain and Will Prescott leading the way.
Tungamah Gold bounced back in the ladies to win 4 of the sets with a rotation of players ensuring everyone had a hit. Wilby were victorious 3 sets to 1 in the mixed to win on points for the night 6 to 2.
The final night witnessed a very social battle with Burramine and Tungamah Green rounding out the night. The men’s division was very close with the sets shared with Burramine winning by 2 sets. Young gun Tess Bassett playing as a man was best on court. The ladies was also a tight contest with Burramine claiming 4 of the sets with Ella Lewis undefeated and playing well.
Tungamah reversed the early results to win 3 of the 4 sets to win on games for the night and share the points 4 each.
After round 8 the ladder is Telford 42, Savernake 39, Wilby 39, Tungamah Gold 36, Burramine 35, Tungamah Green 28, Mulwala Gold 20, Mulwala Maroon 17.
This week is the final round before an extended break for Christmas.
Goulburn Murray Tennis
Numurkah’s Division 1 team hosted Nathalia on the weekend in the battle of the top two teams.
It was a wonderful day of tennis to watch as some of the best players in the Goulburn Region were on show. Debuting for Division 1 was Yarrawonga legend Ellen Bruce.
Ellen played very well and her 8/1 win with John Brunner proved crucial at the end of the day. John continued his great form winning all of this matches to be best on court.
Jack Bassett continued his unbeaten singles streak and cemented his place as the number one player in the competition with a hard-fought singles win. Lucy Bassett had a tough day against the premier lady in the competition but played well.
In Division 2 Numurkah took on Tatura. There were many very close sets with Tess Bassett the star for Numurkah winning all of her matches easily.
Numurkah sneaking home by 5 games after the sets were shared.
At Cobram the Bennett clan of Daryl, Jenelle and Hayley all took the court together for the first time. Forming half the side, they were all in great form with Daryl and Jenelle both winning all of their matches and Hayley winning 2 out of 3.
Cobram home 9 sets to 5 to lock in top position on the ladder.
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 starting at 6.00. Other times where anyone can simply sign-in on the day are Saturday at 1p.m. for all players, Tuesday morning commencing at 9.30am for ladies and Wednesday at 1p.m. 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.