BDTA | Lawn remain top of division as Pitty stars

By Meg Saultry

Round eight of the Benalla District Summer season saw Avenel White come out on top of its rivals Avenel Red, 6-56 to 3-41.

Youngster Chloe Locke won all three of her games for White, while Paul Robinson proved vital in all three of Red’s wins.

Longwood Lawn dominated Euroa Lawn, 7-61 to 2-50, in Saturday's match, winning all their contests bar two in the men’s doubles rubbers.

Benalla Lawn had the bye last weekend but returns this Saturday to face Euroa Lawn in Mansfield. Avenel Red will host Longwood Lawn, while White has the bye. 

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● Benalla Lawn continues to dominate division two of the summer season, beating Moglenemby 6-63 to 3-44 in round eight. Lawn's Tom Pitty was a standout on the day, winning all three of his matches.

Avenel remains right in the hunt behind Benalla Lawn, after they easily beat Swanpool, eight rubbers to one. Swanpool’s Meagan James and Debra Pearce combined for their side’s only win of the day.

Rounding out the division two matches, Euroa Rangers defeated Terip Terip, 6-56 to 3-40.

● In division three, tight contests saw Longwood Lawn and Euroa Rangers come away with five-four rubbers against Euora Lawn and Benalla Gardens respectively, while Avenel dominated Violet Town, eight rubbers to one.

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● Benalla Lawn Tennis Club will host all competing teams from each town/grade in the last round before the Christmas break, as all matches are set to be played in Benalla. It is a 2 pm start followed by a barbecue tea get-together at the conclusion of play.

● On Saturday, Benalla Lawn Tennis Club had 35 Community Play Hot Shot players ranging from four-to-six years old turn up to have fun, learn some tennis skills and socialise with other children.

The club has specialised Hot Shots equipment, such as rackets, small mobile tennis nets, and low-pressure tennis balls, making it easier for youngsters to hit them.

The club would like to thank Henry Nam and Vince Branigan for their co-ordination, assistants Patricia Thompson and Amelia Lee as well as the many parents who ably assisted with this major logistical exercise.

The club’s section two juniors also played their competition at the Lawn courts, while section one played at the Gardens courts, with winners including Ethan Scipione, Jeron Jiby, Rhys Scipione, Bora Carney, and Alex Murphy.

The club would also like to thank junior competition co-ordinators in Cath Begley, Felicity Hartridge and Brendan Walsh for their work in making junior play happen smoothly.