Season’s best recognised

December 13, 2016

Orchid Award: Shepparton District Midweek Tennis Association president Cheryl Cotterell with Orchid Award recipient Dorothy Brown.

Another season has passed in the Shepparton District Ladies Midweek Tennis Association.

More than three decades after its inception, the association remains a much-loved part of the region’s sporting fabric.

The brightest performers of the past campaign were recognised at two recent presentation ceremonies for the Tuesday and Thursday competitions.

The premiers of the completed Tuesday season were as follows — Central Park (A-grade), St Andrew’s (A1) and McEwen Reserve Blue (A2).

For St Andrew’s, the success signalled back-to-back titles after sealing the pennant in June.

In the Thursday competition, Lemnos sealed the pennant crown with Viv Jeffery, Narelle Maxted, Maree Teague and Karen Ranson proving an awesome foursome.

Shepparton Lawn Blue emerged triumphant in A-grade, with Kialla Park Green (A1) and St Andrew’s (A2) the respective champions in the other divisions.

Association president Cheryl Cottrell said while player numbers were slightly down, it did not detract from another enjoyable campaign.

‘‘We’ve had another successful season,’’ Cottrell said.

‘‘The Tuesday afternoon numbers were down slightly and the Thursday afternoon competition was more popular.

‘‘But we’re seeing great growth in our Wednesday night twilight competition with all 26 courts being played on.’’

In addition to the team accolades, a number of personal milestones were realised during the past season.

Old Students player Dorothy Brown became just the 13th recipient of the Orchid Award after reaching 80 years of age.

Three ladies were presented with the Rose Award, for players who are 70 years of age.

Numurkah’s Leonie Decker was the 69th person to receive the gong followed by St Andrew’s player Val Gibbs, who also featured prominently in her club’s Thursday A2 premiership side.

McEwen Reserve’s Rosemary Hemetsberger was number 71 on the Rose Award honour roll.

New players or teams are always welcome with the association running competitions across two seasons in the winter and summer.

The new season has two different start dates.

The Tuesday competition is slated to begin on January 31, with the Thursday action starting from February 9.

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