Hundreds of tennis players from across Victoria converged on Shepparton and Mooroopna last week for the Country Week Championships.
Tennis Victoria expected 1500 players to pick up their respective racquets at the week-long event, which was co-hosted by the Shepparton and Mooroopna lawn tennis clubs.
The pressure of home ground advantage didn’t affect the winner of the women’s Special B2 competition, with Shepparton Sets in the City going through the week undefeated.
Led by team captain Kerry Walker, Shepparton Sets in the City won all nine matches and dropped only six sets for the week as it blazed away in the grand final to record a 3-26 to 0-17 win against Mount Prospect Smart Aces.
‘‘It was an absolutely excellent week, the courts were great at both Shepparton and Mooroopna and the way Tennis Victoria ran it was really good,’’ Walker said.
Along with Walker, the dominant team featured Rosie Habel, Lisa Niglia, Kerrie Gledhill, Margaret Haw, Debbie Lewis and Wendy Hall.
The team’s biggest win came against Tennis Ballarat Firecrackers, recording a brilliant 4-32 to 0-18 victory which further showcased its exceptional week on the courts.
‘‘It’s so much fun playing tennis against each other during the day and then sitting around and having a few drinks together at night, it’s a great time,’’ Walker said.
“If you’re a winner it’s even better.”
The Shepparton Bluebirds claimed bragging rights over Shepparton Flash in the women’s Special B1 division final, defeating their opposition 3-24 to 0-15.
The Bluebirds finished third on the table, but were able to turn things around in the finals, romping home to a semi-final win against Albury 3-24 to 0-12, which allowed the champions to face-off against their Shepparton counterpart.
The Bluebirds were captained by Vivien New and the side featured Anna Reynolds, Esma Corbic, Katie Ferguson, Karen Ranson, Jenny Grose and Cathy O’Brien.
Kialla Park women’s C-grade side featured the most senior player of the entire tournament, 83-year-old Dorothy Brown, but was unable to clinch glory finishing runner-up.