LOCAL TENNIS with Donna Schoenmaekers
It was a big weekend for Tennis Geelong, with the resumption of Saturday junior and senior pennants, and its first ever Tennis Open Day on Sunday.
It was a beautiful morning for juniors with 90 matches happening across the region. The kids enjoyed getting back on court, with many participating in several events during the break, the standard was high and it didn’t take long for any cobwebs to disappear.
The fantastic weather continued into the afternoon and competition was hot, with many matches decided on games. Section 2 men was no exception with Geelong East Uniting getting up by only four games against Fyans Park while Bannockburn and Hamlyn Park tied on sets and games.
Highton was happy with its 4-2 win over Surfcoast Bellbrae, with the win also pushing it past Bellbrae to take top spot on the ladder.
Things picked up where they left off in section 2 mixed with multiple ladder changes. Grovedale pushed itself into top spot with a 5-1 win over Ocean Grove, however, it is only by percentage with Wandana Heights posting a 6-0 win over Moolap.
St Mary’s stayed in third with its 5-1 win against Anglesea, sitting on the same points as Grovedale and Wandana.
Highton would consider itself unlucky, going down by just one game to Hamlyn Park, but the loss dropped if from first to fourth, and two points behind the other three teams.
The weather forecast left everyone guessing on what Sunday’s open day would hold, with temperatures forecast anywhere between 30 and 38 degrees.
Fourteen clubs forged ahead and opened their doors to the public at various times over the day, offering activities for everyone ranging from hots shots lessons, cardio sessions, exhibition matches, barbeques and face painting, just to name a few.
The clubs had a number of new faces visit and join in the fun, while at Bannockburn it recognised one of its more familiar faces, Jason Tournier, for his work at the club, awarding him life membership.
While Saturday’s have resumed and Tuesday Midweek has now started, Monday Night Women’s doubles and Thursday Triples will be kicking off from 19th Feb, and there is still time to register. See the website play.tennis.com.au/tennisgeelonginc for details.