Lawn tournament recognised
TENNIS: Shepparton Lawn Tennis Club was again a finalist in the Most Outstanding Australian Ranking Tournament at the Newcombe Medal on Monday night.
The club’s Festival of Tennis consisted of the three-week bonanza in January when the club staged the highly-successful Goulburn Valley JT and AMT Championships, Tennis Seniors Australian Teams Carnival and Individual Championships.
The winner of the award was Ferntree Gully’s Kia Musta Silver AMT.
Five Bright tour prospects
CYCLING: Five Cobram-Barooga riders will compete in the annual Tour of Bright.
Travis Lindhe, Christian McDonald, Sam Ward, Tony Crawford and Iain Davidson will make the trip for the three-day, three-stage race.
Lindhe goes into the race in fine form after taking out the annual George Goodwin Handicap last Sunday.
Echuca team confirmed
FOOTBALL: Echuca Football Club will have a senior team in next year’s regional football league after a successful information day at Victoria Park on Sunday.
Murray Bombers club president Brett Stevens confirmed the details of the entry, with the side set to meet teams from Bendigo, Shepparton and Kyneton.
‘‘I had no idea what to expect, but was excited with the roll-up and level of interest from potential players and their families,’’ he said.
T20 Cup final at Rochester
CRICKET: Rochester’s Windridge Oval will stage tonight’s Goulburn Murray Twenty20 Cup final between Echuca and Kyabram Fire Brigade.
The Flames won the inaugural title in 2012-13, while Echuca is also a past winner, having lifted the trophy in the 2013-14 season.
Play starts at 5.30pm, with all spectators welcome.
Big Merv speaks in Benalla
CRICKET: Australian legend Merv Hughes was in Benalla last week as a special guest speaker at an event promoting mental health and wellbeing.
The night was hosted by the Benalla Bushrangers over-60s team, in conjunction with the Black Dog Institute.
About 70 people attended the event to listen to Hughes and Black Dog Institute’s Dale Skinner, who both spoke of the challenges of mental health and wellbeing.
News up for media awards
FOOTBALL: The News, Riverine Herald and ONE FM featured among the shortlisted nominations for the AFL Victoria Community Media Awards.
The News is among five contenders for the Best Print/Online Daily Coverage alongside Geelong Advertiser, K-Rock, The Border-Mail and Ballarat Courier.
News sports journalists Oliver Caffrey and Eamonn Tiernan earned individual nominations.
Caffrey is nominated for best print/online news story, best print/online feature story and best print/online column for his GVFL Insider.
Tiernan features in the best print/online feature story, as does former News journalist Hannah Driscoll, now working for The Weekly Times.
Riverine Herald sealed a nomination in the best print/online non-daily coverage.
ONE FM is out to defend its title in the Best Radio matchday coverage, a category which features eight nominations.
The awards will be at Ikon Park, Carlton, on December 9.
Beard in Vic Country side
CRICKET: Former Echuca ace Taylor Beard has earned selection in the Victorian Country side for the Australian Country Championships in Wollongong.
The championships will be played from January 2 to 12, with Beard, now playing for Sandhurst in the Bendigo competition, featuring in a quality 14-man squad.
Victoria Country: Mick Allen (Gisborne), Jake Best, Ben Boyd (c) (Warrnambool), Taylor Beard, Nathan Fitzpatrick, Cam Taylor (Bendigo), Nathan Walsh (vc) (Ferntree Gully), Matthew Combe (Horsham), Chris Dew, Lachy Dobson (Mornington Pen), Tom Mathieson, Jacob Smith (Geelong), Cole Roscholler (Ballarat), Lee Stockdale (Traralgon). Coach: J Mathers (South East). Manager: K Thompson (South East).
Patten goes back to Bloods
FOOTBALL: Dual Berrigan best-and-fairest winner Chris Patten will make the move back to his home town club Tocumwal for next year’s Picola District Football League north-west season.
Patten, 22, has signed on as assistant coach with the Bloods, ending an impressive three-year stint with the Saints.
‘‘One of the main influences on me coming back was my brother Stephen, who’s still playing at Toc. I’d love to play some senior footy with him,’’ Patten told the Southern Riverina News.