Finishing sixth rarely draws the accolades of a first-place finish.
But for the Goulburn region, the result was as good as standing on the podium at the under-10 Wayne Arthurs Cup.
Finishing sixth out of a pool of 16, Goulburn was the highest-ranked country region in the competition.
The four-person team made up of Shepparton’s Aston Monteleone and Aditya Bhattacharya, Yarrawonga’s Lucy Bassett and Numurkah’s Hannah O’Brien (Numurkah Lawn) combined spectacularly, showing they could be the future stars of local tennis.
Goulburn finished second in its group, convincingly accounting for Central Gippsland as well as being too strong for Barwon.
Eventual tournament runner-up Bayside-Moorabbin was the pick of the pool, with Goulburn still managing to snare a set against the team which dominated proceedings.
Playing off against Peninsula among a tussle for positions five through eight, Goulburn fought its way to a win and a chance to rise up the rankings.
But Berwick and District ended the local’s golden run, with a sizeable 6-36 to 0-9 victory consigning Goulburn to a highly respectable sixth.
Next on the representative agenda is the Frank Sedgman Cup for under-11 talents with the Bradtke Luczak Cup also in late July for under-15s.