Tennis action heating up in the Goulburn Valley

By Tyler Maher

Shepparton District Tennis Association action begins in earnest tonight as the new season lands on the courts of the Goulburn Valley.

The competition will have a slightly different feel this summer, with two less teams across the grades prompting a reshuffle of the deck.

The Pennant and A1 divisions have been amalgamated for the season proper in order to pit eight teams against each other for the entire campaign, before the ladder placings will determine which outfits battle for which title come finals time.

The same format will take place in the A2/A3 competition, while five teams make up the association’s A4 section.

‘‘We will have a couple of joined grades this year,’’ association president Murray Akers said.

‘‘We’re two teams down on last year, but when you consider the situation most sports find themselves in on the whole it’s not too bad.

‘‘We’ll split the grades once we get to finals and it should be good, hopefully we’ve got it as even as we can and as competitive as we can.

‘‘It means no-one will be playing for nothing as well, which is important because everyone should have plenty of interest all season.’’

The new top level of the association will contain McEwen Reserve White, McEwen Reserve Opal, Lemnos, Karramomus, Central Park, St Brendan’s, Old Students and Shepparton North.

White and Lemnos start proceedings today from 6.30pm at McEwen Reserve.

The A2/A3 division is made up of Old Students, Shepparton North, Undera, St Andrew’s, Murchison, McEwen Reserve, Kialla Park and Karramomus, while in A4 Shepparton North, Central Park, McEwen Reserve, Bunbartha and Undera will do battle.

‘‘Hopefully everyone has an enjoyable season,’’ Akers said.

‘‘If there are any ladies around as well who want a game of tennis there are three clubs who are desperate to find a few women.’’