Annual Junior Tennis Tourney
The 2018 Juniors Development tennis Riverina tourney for Hay is to be held on Sunday 1st July with entries closing next week. The day offers 5 boys and 5 girls events from as young as 8yrs and under, up to 16 yrs and under. This covers orange, green and normal tennis balls.
Normally the tourney is held in April in warmer weather conditions with good entry participation so the Hay Club is crossing its fingers for a viable entry this year. Entries received to date obtained from The Tennis Australia tourney web site shows a total of 5 players across all ages have entered up to Sunday night- these from Deniliquin, Griffith, Wagga and Temora.
Local players are asked to enter this week either online to Tennis Australia or manually to Tony Callaghan ( he will forward entries onto Brendan Lee ) so that further players entries can be added to the tourney participation list hopefully then to entice more players from out of town. Players will come to Hay if they are assured of plenty of matches.
Saturday morning junior activities will be held this coming weekend at the 10am and 11am Saturday timeslots. Lani Houston is overseas at present but Immy Molloy with asssistance from parents will organise the sessions with some players to get valuable practice for the tourney.
Immy with Kenny Hargreaves attended the Riverina coaching clinic in Wagga on the weekend gaining some top experience from Tennis NSW coaches.
Jensen Hargreaves received a special invitation for a training session with head coach Jaslyn Hewitt (Lleytons sister) while Hilton Hargreaves gained an invitation to be part of the top 8 boys and girls Regional players to form a super 10s competition with Hilton being a member of the winning team.
The wagga experience was a great success despite the miserable weather conditions.
The AgFlite, Foodworks and Crightons Rural Awards go to Hilton, Jensen and Kenny Hargreaves and Immy Molloy for their Wagga success
Junior tennis tourney entries close soon
Entries are now open for the Annual Hay Junior Development series tourney to be held on Sunday July 1st this year.
There will be no Saturday morning junior activities on the weekend with the coaches attending a course in Wagga.
The last round of the Monday night women’s competition was played with only four matches scheduled. Results were Hay Jewellers beat Murphy’s Clothing 6/1 5/6, Megg’s Transport beat Hills Corner Store 2/6 6/0, Cotton Wool Crema beat japp’s pharmacy 6/3 6/0 and Hay Newsagency beat the Mystery team 6/4 6/4 . All other teams had byes for the night with this Autumn competition now concluded.
Night competitions will now have a 5 week winter break before the annual singles commences in various grades.
THe AgFlite, Foodworks, and Crighton’s Rural award this week goes to Kate Murphy and Harriet Lugsdin the most consistent performers in the women’s night competition just finished.
Night Tennis Winds Down
Night tennis competitions for both mens and womens will break for the cold weather and resume later in July with the annual singles competition. Weekend day tennis, including social court hire and coaching is popular at present with no chilly night air.
Last Wednesday night the men played their final round due to state of origin this week. The match of the night saw the Elders team of Peter Head and Nick Robertson win against the combined Slattery Fireworks and 92 Computing teams 6/5 6/5, with the other match going to Auscott 6/3 6/1 against the Hay Bowling and Golf club team.
The Monday night womens competition will conclude this week with only 4 matches scheduled and all other teams receiving byes. Results last week saw Hay Jewellers beat Harrisons IGA 6/4 5/6, Hills Corner Store beat Cotton Wool Crema 6/1 6/2, Woodpark Poll beat Hay Newsagency 6/2 6/3, Murphys Clothing beat O’Briens Fertilisers 6/2 6/5 and Tapper Ag Landmark beat Japps Pharmacy 6/3 6/0
Good weather on Saturday morning brought an attendance of 17 players to the court. The 10am hot shots session saw some good red ball hitting and orange ball serving practice and in the 11am competition group the green ball group played a doubles competition with Immy Molloy included to give players tremendous experience the winner being Dylan Ilic. Orange ball was again split into two grades under the direction of Jess Weeks with Charli Giddins winning A and first timer Jessie Learmonth winning B.
There will be no Saturday tennis for two weeks – this weekend the long weekend has the Griffith Tourney and court supervisor course and the following weekend the coaches will be doing a course at Wagga. Players and parents are asked to follow the tennis web- juniors program for Saturday resumption.
Private coaching continues with details and costs also shown on the web.
The Agflite and Crightons Rural Awards go to Peter Head and Nick Robertsons win in Wednesday night tennis with Nicks last four sets in the past two weeks all being 6/5. The Foodworks award goes to Jessie Learmonth winning her orange ball group at Saturday tennis playing her first tennis.
Tennis Club Membership slightly down
The Hay Tennis Club finished its 2017/18 year with a membership of 249 down 20 members from last year losing a number of families who have left Hay
and only gaining a few new people to town. New financial year memberships renewals are welcome.
Annual sponsorships are currently being sought with generous support currently enjoyed from a good number of business houses their names listed at the clubhouse with major sponsors being Hay Bowling and Golf Club, Auscott and Wooloondool.
Despite the cooler weather players are keen to keep the Monday night womens and Wednesday night Mens short duration competitions going with further rounds scheduled this week.
Last weeks womens results were Harrisons IGA def Meggs Transport 6/5 6/5, Murphys Clothing def Hills Corner Store 6/1 6/2, Cotton Wool Crema def Woodpark Poll 6/1 6/0, Japps Pharmacy def Hay Newsagency 2/6 6/1, O’Briens Fertilisers def Tapper Ag Landmark 6/1 6/0 – Hay Jewellers and Bidgee Bobcat and Demo received byes.
The mens results were 92 Computing def Hay Fish Shop 6/1 4/6, Auscott def A.Slattery Fireworks 6/0 6/4 and Lugsdin Toyota drew with Elders 6/5 5/6. Wooloondool and Hay Bowling and Golf Club byes
Perfect weather on Saturday morning attracted over 30 players to the two sessions of Junior activities. A number of players also participated in both the 10am coaching and fun activities and then played the 11am orange ball or green ball competition. In the green ball full court competition six players competed at this level for the first time and well done to all. The orange ball was split into two grades an A grade group of four and a B grade group of 4 who were allowed three serve chances per point and this proved beneficial on a lot of points to get movement and rallies.
All players qualified for orange ball competition by being able to serve at least 4 balls in the square out of 10 attempts from three quarter court. A great effort by all.
The annual Hay (JDS)Junior Development Series tourney will be held on 1st July this year with the Hay leg previously held in April normally getting 50+ players. Last year 20 hay players played and 30 visitors. The Thurgoona JDS and Albury JDS held on the weekend on the Sat and Sun attracted 37 and 50 players, numbers down to those tourneys held earlier in the year with warmer weather. The three Hargreaves boys flew the flag for Hay and had great success at Thurgoona and Albury.
With a month to go to the Hay Tourney there is concern that we attract a viable number . The tourneys do have an orange ball grade this year and we have a number of players in this category however very few of our other juniors are competing in our popular night competitions or junior comp. so an early indication if players are competing will assist planning but of course visitors likely playing is difficult to gauge at this stage. Hay has a history of organising great tourneys so our reputation may influence visitors.
The Agflite award goes to the six green ball players playing this grade for the first time _Kodi Scott, Mackenzie Weeks, Ollie Liddington-Denehy, Pierre Terblanche, Jonty Woods and Ashton Green. The Crightons Rural Award goes to the three orange ball players playing for the first time – Dillon Green,Emily Taylor and Kai Smith who also won his group. The Foodworks award goes to Tilly Weeks who won her orange ball group.
Junior Tennis Competition commences Saturdays
The short duration Saturday Morning Tennis competition for orange ball, green ball and normal ball grades commenced on the weekend transferring from Friday nights. The Saturday program commences with the normal 10am session for coaching and fun activities for players in school years from Kindergarten up to school year 3 or 4. The competitions session commences at 11am and generally finishes around 12. Four players played a green/ normal ball round robin singles –great practice for our forthcoming open junior tourney. The other 7 players played the orange ball three quarter court round robin in two groups. Hannah Jamieson playing her first competition won her group with some very quick movement around the court and nice serving. To qualify for the orange group players must be able to serve from three quarter court at least 4 or 5 balls in out of ten. This is necessary so that the players can enjoy some movement of rallies. Some students from school year 2 have qualified. Students not sure should check with their coaches.
It is uncertain at this stage if an orange ball event will be held at our open junior tourney on 1st July as it could depend on the number of entries received for the other events from under 10yrs to 16 yrs. The clubs clay courts are a concern at the moment. To gauge numbers, local players competing in 10 yrs to 16 yrs events are asked to advise Tony. Normally our Junior tourney is held in April so we are not sure of visitor numbers for this July tourney.
The days of play for the next three months of Saturdays is outlined on the clubs web juniors section. Handouts are available at the clubhouse.
Both the mens and womens scheduled short duration competitions are still running while the keenness and enjoyment is there.
Womens results were Hills Corner Store def Hay Jewellers 6/4 6/5, Meggs Transport def Murphys Clothing 6/5 6/2, Japps Pharmacy def Bidgee Bobcat and Demo 6/2 6/2, IGA def O’Briens Fertilisers 6/3 6/2 and Cotton Wool Crema def Tapper Ag Landmark 6/4 6/4
Mens results were Hay Bowling and Golf Club def Hay Fish Shop 6/2 6/2 Golf Club , Auscott def 92 Computing 6/2 6/1 and A. Slattery Fireworks def Elders 6/2 4/4( time limit reached) with Lugsdin Toyota the bye.
The Foodworks award goes to Hannah Jamieson playing her first tourney and winning her orange ball section.
The Crightons Rural award goes to Warren Hunt who as well as the mens competition is also currently playing the Monday womens comp giving so much experience and encouragement to players in his matches especially to the juniors who get tremendous benefit.
The AgFlite award goes to Peter Lawrence and Scott Dixon who are going well and undefeated for the Auscott team in Wednesday tennis
Womens opening tennis round matches so close
The five scheduled matches in the Opening tennis round of the Womens night tennis competition all produced very close results. There was a 5/6 6/5 draw between Japps Pharmacy and Cotton Wool Crema. Other results were Murphys Clothing beat IGA 5/6 6/4, Hay Jewellers beat Meggs Transport 6/4 6/3, Hills Corner Store beat Tapper Ag 6/2 6/3 and Hay Newsagency beat Bidgee Bobcat and Demo 6/4 6/2. The Hay Newsagency team pairing of Will Jamieson and Issy Handford were the nights pick.
Mens winners were 92 Computing, Auscott and Woolooondool with Anthony Slattery Fireworks and Hay Bowling and Golf Club teams receiving byes.
These short competitions may now extend an extra week or two and then will be a month’s break for winter with tennis to resume in July after the school holidays with the annual singles.
Annual memberships will be issued soon with early settlement discounts being offered. It’s that time of the year when the club is hit with big bills for insurances, affiliation etc.
The cool and windy conditions kept numbers down on Saturday Morning with Cree Harris showing ood improvement.
The annual Hay Junior tourney (as part of the south west NSW development series) has been set down for Sunday July 1st. Tumut held its tourney on the weekend, with both Thurgoona and Albury each holding their days on 26th and 27th May.
A number of players have been representing the town in school sports with high distinction and wonderful sportsmanship.
Jensen Hargreaves for St Marys led the Polding Catholic schools team in the state primary schools teams competition played last week in Albury won by the Combined Independent Schools with the Sydney East Public schools team winning the girls. Following his good form Jensen was further selected for play-offs for the state team but narrowly missed selection for the NSW team of seven boys.
The Hay Public School continued the tradition of getting top results in the state wide Public Schools knockout competition in just losing to a former State winner to the strong Griffith East Public School, after the Hay team of Jimmy Houston, Indyanna Wilson, Ben Clark and Chelsea Cox had won their first round encounter against Lake Wyangan.
The Hay War Memorial boys and girls teams again put in a good performance last week at the annual Western Riverina zone competition played in Barham at their magnificent grass court complex. The girls team led by the experienced Hannah Stewart and containing Delilah Crighton, Olivia Joyce and Grace Weymouth beat Tooleybuc before going down to Deniliquin and Barham Schools while the boys team led by Riverina Rep Kenny Hargreaves with Ferg Cattanach, Brad Callaghan and Daniel Stewart, lost to the strong Finley team but had wins over Deniliquin and Barham.
All these players deserve this weeks AgFlite, Foodworks and Crightons Rural awards for their good play and sportsmanship.
Night Tennis Underway
The Mens night tennis competition has commenced with an entry of 8 teams received for the 4 week duration teams doubles. The annual singles then is planned to start.
The first weeks results saw Anthony Slattery Fireworks beat Hay Bowling and Golf Club 6/3 6/5. Auscott beat Elders 6/3 6/0 and Lugsdin Toyota beat 92 Computing 4/6 6/2. Wooloondool and hay Fish Shop had byes. The best of the nights play with some great shots went to Scott Dixon and Peter Lawrence.
The Womens Monday night is scheduled to start this week with an entry of 10 teams with further entries welcome.
A total of 25 keen junior players participated in the Friday night competition and Saturday Morning activities. The Friday green ball winner was Dan Jamieson on a countback from his brother Will, with Navieen Singh in third spot. Best of the girls was Indyanna Wilson ahead of Chelsea Cox. The Orange ball competition saw Max Booth a worthy winner. Friday night tennis will now conclude with winter coming and will now transfer to the Saturday Mornings 11am session. Some players on the Saturday mornings may choose to play both sessions.
Two groups were formed in the 10am Saturday session with Prince Patel and Heidi Goulding playing nice shots in their group and Kodi Scott going very well in the other group.
Congratulations to the Hay Public School team of Jimmy Houston, Ben Clark, Indyanna Wilson and Chelsea Cox who won their first match against Lake Wyangan and had a close loss in their second round against a former State Champion Griffith East Public School.
These four players are our worthy AgFlite, Foodworks and Crightons Rural weekly awards winners.
Tennis Recommences this week
Both Junior tennis activities and Night Tennis competitions resume this week
The mens competition commences on Wednesday 2nd May (Entries close 30th April with the draw on the web on 1st May)
Womens will commence on Monday 7th May with entries closing Thursday and draw on web Friday.
Players are asked to check their names on the web in case they have been missed.
The Friday juniors competition will commence at the new time of 5pm this week with players needing to be at the courts for weekly registration before this time. Saturday morning junior activities resume on the weekend at the 10am and 11am sessions.
Junior tennis holiday break
There will be no Friday night junior’s competition or Saturday morning fun and coaching activities this weekend in fact no Saturday activities were held on the weekend.
There was however the usual Friday night juniors comp in two grades held last week In the green ball competition a young Josh from Cronulla travelling through Hay showed us his good form in beating Navieen Singh in the final 24 points to 14 while a good number all played well and fair in the orange ball group with Ollie Liddington- Denehey the winner and Jonty Woods runner up.
Entries are currently being taken for the short duration women’s and men’s competitions- women to commence 7th May —men to commence Wednesday night 2nd May ( next week)
The Crighton’s Rural award this week goes to young Josh a talented youngster passing through town from Cronulla winning our green ball group and the Foodworks and AgFlite awards to Oliver Liddington- Denehey and Jonty Woods coming in first and second positions of the orange ball group.
16 April Top Night Tennis Finals
Both the women’s and men’s finals nights held across all grades contained a good standard and atmosphere with players already preparing for the new competition to start immediately after the school holidays.
Women’s finals results were A grade Hay Shire (Jasmine Gregory and Heidi Stephens) beat Wooloondool (Paula Comb , Jan Zambon) 6/5 6/0
B grade Hay Jewellers (Trish McGufficke , Mary Lou Gardam ) beat Elders ( Tamara and Casey Wade ) 3/6 6/2 (7/4)
B Res grade Lani Houston Consultant (lani Houston, Isabella Handford) beat Tapper Ag Landmark (Cas Tidey, Ruby Barnes) 6/2 6/3
C grade Hay Newsagency ( Sue Parslow, Anna Lilburne ) beat Bidgee Bobcat and Demo (subs for Cotton Wool Crema) Indyanna Wilson and Navieen Singh) 6/3 6/0
Mens Results were A grade A Slattery Fireworks (Anthony Slattery and Shayne Mc Gufficke )beat Hydes Plumbing(Peter Marks and Mark Hutchings for Peter Lawrence and Scott Dixon 6/2 6/2
B grade Murphy’s Clothing ( Geoff Chapman and Tom Porter) beat Japps Pharmacy ( Paula Comb and Peter Davies ) 6/4 6/4
( note for the Grazier –all photos finalists are forthcoming)
New competitions will commence immediately at the conclusion of the holidays to get the competition going before the cold weather comes with the annual singles likely to start in June.
A good number of participants played the Friday night competition with Navieen Singh beating Corben Headon 5/4 in the final of the normal ball group. There was no green ball group instead a big number of enthusiastic participants played the orange ball group competition making it necessary for two divisions. In Division 1 Tilly Weeks came on top with Charli Giddins second and Pierre Terblanche third. In Division 2 Ollie Liddington- Denehey finished on top from Dylan Ilic and third Jonty Woods.
Tilly won the final 6/5 on points against Ollie.
Due to a good number another session including a bbq will again be held this coming Friday 20th again registering before 6pm.
Saturday Morning activities only attracted a handful of player who received excellent value for money from our coaches. There will be no Saturday Morning activities for the next two weeks.
Mark Hutchings receives this week’s Foodworks award for coming into the A grade mens final as a last minute replacement.Our Agflite award goes to Navieen Singh for not only assisting out in the C grade womens final but winning the main group in the Friday night juniors competition. The Crightons Rural award goes to Tilly Weeks for winning the orange ball group two weeks in a row.
Night Tennis to finals
Both the men’s and women’s night tennis competitions have moved to the finals to be contested this week.
The last round of the men’s competition was held on Wednesday with the Elders team of Peter Head and Tom Lugsdin winning 6/4 6/5 against the Hay Bowling and Golf Club team. The other A grade match saw the NRMA win 6/3 6/1 against Tapper Landmark. In B grade the 92Computing team with Russell Curtis returning after injury won 6/3 6/3 against Japp’s Pharmacy while Murphy’s Clothing had a good 6/2 6/1 win against the Hay Fish Shop.
Due to the good number and with plenty of enthusiasm, from those who attended Saturday Morning activities, another session contrary to the website program of dates will be definitely held on this Saturday morning 14/4/18 at the normal times of 10am and 11am sessions. Then for the two weeks following there will be no Saturday tennis. Last Saturdays 10am session was split into two groups and in Lanis group, as well as good play from the Green boys some nice hitting on the mini courts was also noted by Hannah Jamieson, Cree Harris and Heidi Goulding.
In Tony’s group, winner was Kodi Scott with some nice attempts by Kai Smith.
Thanks goes to our President Warren Smith running this week’s Friday night’s green ball competition grade, in fact these players used normal balls this week in a round robin involving 6 players with top rallies. Winner was Dan Jamieson on maximum points of 40, Runner up was Corben Headon and third placed was Indyanna Wilson narrowly ahead of Navieen Singh, Chelsea Cox and Will Jamieson. There was a good number for the orange ball three quarter court competition with the boy’s winner going to Jack Booth who looks like he will go now to full court green ball, while the girls winner was Tilly Weeks displaying some great shots. Friday night again will be held this week with all players needing to start at 6pm and a bbq will follow concluding at 7.30
The Crighton’s Rural Award goes to Russell Curtis who after a lengthy injury layoff came back this week to play B Mens comp with a good win. The Foodworks award goes to Phil Callaghan who volunteers his time each week organising the Friday bbq. The Agflite award goes to our young warrior Dylan Ilic returning home to Hay this week following another operation hoping to get back on the courts soon.
Women’s tennis to finals
With no tennis scheduled on Easter Monday , the women’s tennis has advanced to the finals to be played between first and second teams in the four grades to be played on the following Monday 11th April.
In A grade the Wooloondool team cemented their finals position by coming home strongly against the Pynors Accountants team of Kirsten Hutchings and Ellie Jamieson, with other wins to Hay Shire and Hills Corner Store who narrowly beat Auscott 5/6 6/2. In B grade the Elders team of Casey and Tamara Wade leapfrogged the IGA team to make the final following its 6/4 6/4 victory over Woodpark Poll and IGA gaining no points in their loss to the undefeated Hay Jewellers. In the combined B Res and C grade with 8 teams competing the top two teams on the ladder will contest the B Res these being Tapper Landmark and Lani Houston Consulting teams who last week had wins over All Travel Solutions and Hay Newsagency. The C grade final will be played between 5th and 6th spots on the ladder between Cotton Wool Crema and Hay Newsagency.
The Men’s tennis has another round this week before the finals. In A grade Anthony Slattery Fireworks and Hyde’s Plumbing have secured their finals spots following their wins over NRMA and Elders while the Hay Bowling and Golf Club beat the Tapper Landmark team. In B grade an exciting draw was played between the Japp’s Pharmacy team of Peter Davies and Paula Comb 6/4 4/6 against the Murphy’s Clothing team this week comprising Bede Schiller and Tom Porter with these two teams securing finals spots. In C grade the Foodworks team with Indyanna Wilson going well had a 6/5 6/1 win against Bidgee Bobcat and Demo.
Juniors resume this Friday evening for the orange and green ball competition still at the 6pm start and will finish under lights followed by a bbq. Saturday morning also resumes for the 10am and 11am sessions
A number of Hay players travelled just down the road to play the Deniliquin Easter tourney (this year involving 230 players) which holds a nice social atmosphere played on their well manicured 18 courts.
This week’s Foodworks, Crighton’s Rural and AgFlite awards go to the four players in Wednesday night play who fought out a great drawn match these players being Tom Porter with Bede Schiller against Peter Davies with Paula Comb
Hay players compete at state titles
The magnificent Bathurst tennis complex hosted on the weekend the 12years age state teams championships for twelve state area teams which also included the strong ACT team.
Teams consisted of 4 boys and 4 girls with Hay amazingly gaining the selection of 3 players in the South West NSW team.
Unfortunately Sophie Curtis was unable to make the trip however Jensen Hargreaves lead the boys which included Brad Callaghan. The South West covers a huge area with the other team members coming from Albury, Culcairn ,Wagga and Goulburn The Sydney metrop and ACT teams were dominant however the South West boys team playing for the Tony Roche Cup were more successful than the girls team. In fact Jensen Hargreaves with good support and encouragement from team manager - Waggas Brenda Foster who is a world ranked veteran and former Hay Open winner - he had 4 wins out of 6 against the states best. The south west boys team managed two draws with metro west (parramatta etc)and North East NSW (Coffs Harbour to Tweed Heads etc) in their 5 group matches before winning a playoff match against Northumberland (Newcastle).
The tournament had a great spirit but probably could have used world tourney expert Steve Longworth to finish the event two hours earlier.
In other junior news Saturday morning tennis activities saw good numbers in both sessions with plenty of enthusiasm.
There will be no Fri evening competition or Saturday morning activities this Easter weekend.
In the Men’s competition the match of the round was in C grade with this weeks mystery team comprising Glen snd Dan Jamieson coming from behind to beat the Bidgee Bobcat and Demo team 4/6 6/2 Other winners across the grades went to Anthony Slattery Fireworks, Japps Pharmacy, Hyde’s Plumbing and Elders.
In the Women’s night the match of the round was the C grade win of The Saltbush Motor Inn team of Kelcey Anderson and Katie Deaton 5/6 6/2 score against Hay Newsagency. Other winners across all grades were Hay Jewellers, Lani Houston Consulting, Hay Shire, O’Briens Fertilisers, IGA, Pynors Accountants and Wooloondool
Night Tennis Passes Halfway Mark
Both the Womens and Mens night competitions continue to produce good tennis.
Highlights in the womens saw Ellen Zambon returning to the courts filling in as a substitute for the A grade Auscott team going down to the Wooloondool team. B grades top match saw Elders beat the Meggs Transport team 6/3 5/6 while in the combined B Res /C grade the closest match was the Lani Houston Consulting team with Isabella Handford playing some nice shots narrowly beating the Tapper Ag Landmark team 6/3 6/4
Andrew Davies made a successful return to mens tennis when he substituted in the Hydes Plumbing team to partner Scott Dixon to narrowly win a brilliant match 2/6 6/1 against the Hay Bowling and Golf Club team of Kenny and Jensen Hargreaves. Anthony Slattery Fireworks had a 6/2 6/2 win. In B grade the Murphys Clothing Store team this week comprising Geoff Chapman and Bede Schiller were too strong for the Hay Fish Shop 6/0 6/2 while in C grade the Mystery Apple team this time comprising Russell and Sophie Curtis had a very good win 6/2 6/1 against the Bidgee Bobcat and Demo team.
The Friday evening juniors orange ball and green ball competition attracted 18 enthusiastic players having a go. The orange ball three quarter court group was divided into two groups with Jack Booth and Tilly Weeks the winners , runners up were Max Booth and Ollie Liddington-Denehy while 3rd spots went to Pierre Terblanche and Charly Giddins.
The Green ball group were all placed together with Hilton Hargreaves the best performed closely followed by Dan Jamieson, Corben Headon and Navieen Singh. Well done also to Chelsea Cox with her results.
There will be no Friday competition this week (HPS fete) or next week Good Friday.
Saturday Mornings coaches awards in the 10am group went to Angel Clarke and Ollie Liddington- Denehy while in the 11am group Jacinta Hurst and Dylan Ilic showed good improvement.
The Foodworks weekly award goes to Lani Houston who has gained her second award for the year for not only organising and conducting the Saturday mornings program but is currently spending many hours of her time in compiling grant applications in researching and gathering so much information.
The Agflite award goes to Sarah Lindsay who also has gained her second award this time for filling in as an emergency substitute at the monday night competition.
The Crightons Rural award goes to the current and ex Hay players who were successful in the Vic Country teams titles- these players being Anthony Damon and Zac Slattery, Greg Stewart, Derek McFarland, Mark Hutchings and Andrew Cronin
Hay Men’s Tennis Teams Success after 7 years at Victorian Country Week
Congratulations to this year’s Hay tennis and ex Hay tennis members who were part of the very successful two Hay teams at this year’s state titles – Anthony, Zac and Damon Slattery, Greg Stewart, Mark Hutchings, Derek McFarland and Andrew Cronin.
A full comprehensive report is herewith.
In other tennis news – the Saturday morning coaches award went to Grace Auldist and Kodi Scott for 100% effort and participation and in the 11am session to Navieen Singh and Nate Clarke for some nice shots. The Friday Green ball winner again was Corben Headon while Dylan Ilic competing in his first tourney won the orange ball.
Well done to the Hargreaves family at the Labour weekend tourney in Euroa and well done to all players in the current night competitions producing good quality tennis and a wonderful spirit.
Good Numbers at Junior Tennis days
Despite the warm weather there was another good attendance showing the return to Saturday mornings from Sundays has been good so far with 22 now registered. Again well done to the coaches with some nice play in the 10am session going to Ollie Liddington- Dennehey and Ashton Green while the 11am session saw great shots to Indyanna Wilson and Dan Jamieson.
Junior Tennis competition returned to the courts on Friday in two grades with 10 players competing followed by a welcoming bbq. The orange ball three quarter court winner was Pierre Terblanche with the green ball full court winner Corben Headon with top marks to Chelsea Cox playing so well in her return.
In A grade womens tennis the Auscott team continues its form in winning second sets this time with a 5/6/6/1 win against the Hay Bowling and Golf Club with new player Top Harvey going well.
In B grade the Harrisons IGA team of Kim Curtis and Sharyn Headon opened their account well with a 6/2 6/2 win against the Meggs Transport team.
There were some great contests in the combined B Res and C grades with the Hay Newsagency team winning against All Travel Solutions 6/1 6/2 and well done to Jacinta Hurst playing her first comp match. The Tapper Landmark team of Cas Tidey and Ruby Barnes came home strongly to win 4/6 6/0 against the new team of Cotton Wool Crema comprising Wendy and Sarah Lindsay. The Saltbush Motor Inn team had a close 6/3 6/4 win over O’Briens Fertilisers while Lani Houstons Consulting team won 6/2 6/1 against the Bidgee Bobcat and Demo team in an enjoyable match.
The mens competition ended up gaining an entry of 15 teams which includes two mystery teams in C grade. The A grade has received a magnificent entry of 7 strong teams with NRMA just sneaking home 2/6 6/1 against the Hay Bowling and Golf Club. Welcome back to competition the Hydes Plumbing team of Peter Lawrence and Scott Dixon who toughed it out to beat Anthony Slattery Fireworks 6/4 6/2. The other top match saw the Tapper Landmark team come back to win 4/6 6/3 against Elders with Peter Head and Tom Lugsdin also making a welcoming return.
One B grade match was completed with the Japps Pharmacy team winning 6/4 6/3 over the Hay Fish Shop also a good contest.
Private coaching is currently being carried out by Jess Weeks, Lani Houston and Immy Molloy with Sarah Molloy now moved to Melbourne.
Our current Club Womens champion Immy Molloy still attending High School will also perform adult womens coaching groups on Sundays. She is looking to form two adult groups – one group a beginners with the other group having some tennis experience and aims to rotate these groups each week so that players play each fortnight. This is a wonderful opportunity for Hay women to gain some valuable tennis experience and confidence. Players interested can make the enquiries not only to Immy but her mum Frances or to Tony Callaghan at the courts.
There are many tourneys held over the 4 day Easter break with our nearest neighbours Deniliquin holding a wonderful tourney with different events scheduled each day. The Tourney usually attracts over 200 players with a good social atmosphere with no computer points for rankings played for, instead just good old fashioned tennis enjoyment on their magnificent grass courts.
The Agflite award goes to Derek Mc Farland who successfully managed for Hay to play in the Victorian Country week and after a decade the team this year finally tasted success with the full details and report available in next week Grazier.
The Crightons Rural Award goes to Beth Schiller who has successfully organised a good number of players playing weekly social.
The Foodworks award goes to our new competition players Ella Steinfort, Top Harvey, Sarah and Wendy Lindsay as well as Jarrod.
Junior Tennis Returns to Saturday Mornings
The 2018 Junior Tennis Activities in two sessions commenced on the weekend returning to Saturday Mornings after having been held for the past ten years on Sunday mornings.
The weather was warm but 15 players attended the well organised program led by Lani Houston. Tilly Weeks was hitting the ball well in the first session with Michael Ashcroft Ferguson making some good serves in the second group.
Our new Friday weekly program commences this week Friday 3rd March for Orange ball three quarter court and Green ball competitions commencing at 6pm with players needing to register before this time to be included in the weekly draw. A bbq will follow. Players unsure of their standard to participate should check with one of the coaches or officials.
Temora held a Development tourney on Sunday and due to a huge entry introduced staggered starting times for the age events which meant Hay had some players late entering for a 12 oclock start to the 14s events meaning a day trip instead of an overnighter. Jensen Hargreaves played up an age group to be a worthy winner in a great days tennis competition.
The Monday night Womens competition ended with 20 teams competing in three grades, with the B Res and C grades combining. Three Matches were scheduled last week with all other teams receiving byes. Jasmine Gregory made a fine return to tennis when she and Heidi Stephens for the Hay Shire beat last comps runners up Wooloondool comprising Jan Zambon and Paula Comb the score coming home strongly 6/5 6/0. Ella Steinfort made a fine debut to Hay tennis when she and Bronny Hicks for Auscott after losing the first set to Pynors Accountants Ellie Jamieson and Kirsten Hutchings 6/2 came home to win the second set 6/5 to pick up a consolation point. Trish McGufficke also back on the courts in good form had a tough win with Lou Gardam for Hay Jewellers 6/2 and coming from behind second set to take it 6/5 against the Japps team last seasons B grade premiers Jill Chapman and Sue Clancy.
A strong entry of 11 teams has been received for the Mens night comp with more C grade team entries welcomed and play starting this week.
Night Tennis Commences
The Womens night tennis competition commences this week with 4 matches scheduled on Monday night the 19th Feb. with 9 other teams receiving byes this week to commence their matches on Mon 26th. Organisers are still hoping for further entries particularly for the lower grades.
The mens competition will now start Wed 28th Feb with only 9 teams entries so far received. Its good to see top Club players Scott Dixon and Peter Lawrence returning.
The web update is scheduled on the 19th. with some computers needing to press their reset button .
Junior Saturday morning activities commences this week Sat 24th Feb with two sessions starting at 10am and 11am with all details including costs for both members and non members and grades outlined on the tennis club web - Juniors section – program page. Saturday morning activities replaces Sunday mornings.
Those players who receive private coaching must be members of the club.
The Temora tourney is scheduled this Sun 25th
The Crightons Rural, AgFlite and Foodworks awards this week go to Kim, Zoe and Maggie Biggs who have departed Hay. They were great Club Members and very supportive of Club functions including participation in the night competitions where they will be missed. We wish Kim and the girls all the best down in Victoria.
Jensen selected for Polding tennis team to contest State titles
Jensen Hargreaves continues his good tennis form in being selected in the 5 boys Catholic Polding area team to play the state primary schools teams competition in May. The team will join the other catholic Mc Killop team as well as all the State Schools and Private schools district teams to play the event in Albury. Jensen and Sophie Curtis had the honor of being selected in representing the Wilcannia –Forbes Dio. team in Newcastle last week.
Both these players performed well at the first development tourney for 2018 held in Wagga on the weekend attracting a big number of over 100 players. Jensen won the 12s boys and Sophie semi-finalist in the 12s girls. Emma Curtis playing her first tourney was runner up in the 8s girls orange ball mini court competition. Hilton Hargreaves was semi-finalist in the 10s boys green ball. Congratulations for all the Hay players participating.
A huge bouquet goes to the new South West Development officer Brendan Lee who displays great enthusiasm and expertise in organising these tourneys and he is calling for nominations now for the Temora tourney on 24th Feb.
Brendan’s interest also took him to Canberra on the same weekend on the Saturday organising a hot shots program during the Fed Cup match between Australia and the Ukraine. This was a brilliant match enjoyed by a number of Hay and ex Hay residents, narrowly won by Australia 3/2 matches who will now play the winner of the Russia- Slovakia match for a chance to get back into the top grade with all grades attracting a huge 95 nations competing this year.
Good luck to the Hay mens team captained by Anthony Slattery in participating at the Victorian Country teams event this year at Swan Hill commencing Monday 12th Feb for 5 days.
Night Tennis Comps
Entries close for the womens and mens night competitions on 14th Feb to commence from the 19th. Players should check the web names list to see if they have not been missed.
The Thursday arvo orange and green ball competitions will now be played on Friday nights at 6pm commencing March 2nd. Saturday morning junior activities (replacing Sunday Mornings) commences 24th Feb.
The Foodworks award goes to our 2017 latest honour board updates Anthony Slattery first time singles winner and to Immy Molloy,Lani Houston and Jess Weeks first time on board.
The Agflite award goes to Emma Curtis first tourney and runner up in Wagga
The Crightons Rural Award goes to Brendan Lee Tennis NSW for his involvement on the weekend in Wagga and Canberra
Night Tennis Competitions
The night tennis competitions will commence on Monday night 19th Feb for women and Wednesday 21st Feb for men. Players entries received to date will be listed on the website this week so please check that your name is shown. Entries close next week.
Juniors Sunday morning group activities has now transferred to Saturdays and will commence Sat 24th Feb in two sessions. A Thursday arvo/ night competition session will be held for green ball grade and orange ball grade for both boys and girls also starting in February. The Wagga junior development tourney will be held this Sunday 11th Feb
Tennis Competitions commence Feb
Night tennis competitions for men and women will commence in February with entries now being taken via the web or contact Tony 0419571292
Competition rates have slightly increased after some years and memberships for this financial year are still welcome with half yearly rates offered to new players.
The Regional junior development program has been finalised with 10 Sunday tourneys listed. These stretch from Goulburn to Albury and from Tumut to West Wyalong. A feature this year will include an 8 yrs orange ball three quarter court group.
The first 2018 listed is Wagga on the 11th Feb with Hays scheduled for the 1st July.
Our Saturday morning program has replaced the Sunday’s to commence on 24 th Feb
Our orange ball Thursday’s competition will also include a green ball grade to commence in Feb.
15 Jan Summer of Tennis
The Australian season of tennis is currently in full swing around the country with Lani Houston, Sarah and Immy Molloy currently attending The Australian Coaches Course in Melbourne. This week and next week a number of Hay players and families will also travel to Melbourne to watch the Aussie Open and maybe get a glimpse of the young Australians including Alex De Minaur and Ash Barty who performed well in Brisbane and Sydney.
Steve Longworth is currently at the Gold Coast running the Australian Veterans titles which ranges from ages 35yrs up to 80 yrs old divisions and includes some players who have played the Hay Open tourney over the years.
A number of Hay people are keen to travel and support The Australian women’s Fed. cup team play their first round 2018 match against the Ukraine scheduled in Canberra 10th and 11th Feb.
On the local scene, tennis is generally being played in the mornings before getting too hot. This included the popular coaching clinic last week as well as Hays Stu Callaghan home on holidays from the Swedish snow conducting private sessions this week before returning.
Court hire keys can be currently organised from Jo Davies for the next two weeks.
Juniors Sunday Morning tennis activities will change back to being played again now on Saturday mornings to start next month.
Night competitions for men and women will also commence middle February.
Successful Tennis Clinic
A fabulous two mornings tennis coaching clinic comprising all sorts of activities for three hours each day was held last week. The camp was well planned and organised by Lani Houston and her 5 assistants and had over 30 players utilising the 11 courts. and fortunately the weather was kind missing those extreme heat days.
See also Lani Houston’s email detailing a report on the clinic. (Margie McClelland took some photos)- some also on facebook .
This week Stu Callaghan is back in town and conducting morning sessions for the week before returning back to Sweden via watching a few days tennis at the Australian Open.
Lani Houston is organising a tennis clinic for two days this week.
The camp will be held Thurs and Fri the 4th and 5th January the times being 8.30 am to 11.30 am for both days.
Bookings are essential as numbers are limited so players must register to participate. Please contact Lani Ph 0408932161 email email@example.com or Sara Molloy 0499025849.
Players need to be 5 yrs up to 12 yrs and cost is $20 (non members $25). Players also need to bring hat, water bottle sunscreen and morning tea. The canteen will be open for a limited time to sell drinks, chips and choc bars. Racquets will also be available to borrow.
The strong Shepparton Tourney starts News Years Day with a final entry of 280 players the tourney being organised by Steve Longworth. Good luck to the Hargreaves boys who are competing.
The free 2018 Tennis Calenders can still be collected at the Foodworks and IGA supermarkets if anyone is still requiring one.24 Dec
2018 Community Tennis Calender Available
The 2018 calender is now available and looks very good and colourful thanks to all of Wendy Heereys hard work. Gone are the days of stapling the sheets instead replaced by easy to tear off monthly pages.
The calenders are available from its advertisers delivered to those businesses on Friday.
The last of our Thursday night orange ball weekly tournaments was held during the week and won by Year 5 student Luke Todd of Deniliquin competing in his first tourney- a great effort. Second spot went to Tilly Weeks. The orange ball competition is likely to restart in Feb 2018
Have a great Christmas everyone
Thursday Junior Tennis Play
The only organised tennis activity at present is the Thursday night juniors three-quarters court orange ball competition. Last week’s winners were Makenzie Weeks and Charli Giddins on equal wins followed by Pierre Terblanche in third spot by the narrowest of margins. Well done to first timers competing this week in James and Robert Kelson. Play continues again on Thursday at 6.30pm for one hours play.
Private coaching is currently still available for member’s by the Clubs four coaches before some of them head to Melbourne for the Australian Coaches Conference.
Well done to Zac and Immy Molloy who competed at the strong Bendigo Open tourney on the weekend. They caught up with former Hay open winners Victorian’s Aidan Fitzgerald and Dale Sutherland as well as West Wyalong’s Isabella Mason and Waggas Charles Prest.
It looks like the top Shepparton tourney will attract 150 players starting New Year’s Day with the three Hargreaves boys competing in 14s, 12s, and 10s events with the tourney being run by Steve Longworth.
The huge Victorian Country week carnival to be held in February has details available from Anthony Slattery.
The 2018 Calendars should be available from Friday and collected free of charge from its advertisers.
Congratulations again to The Riverine Grazier being fair to all with coverage despite all sorts of difficulties in producing a newspaper each week and In particular it covered all types of tennis activities. Hay is so lucky to have its own newspaper.
The Foodworks and AgFlite awards go to Pierre Terblanche, Robert and James Kelson for Thursday orange ball play and the Crighton’s Rural Award again this year to the Riverine Grazier office for its wonderful coverage of sport.
Hunt returned as Tennis President
At the Annual General Meeting held on Friday night, Warren Hunt was chosen again to lead the Tennis Club for another 12 months when he was re-elected as the Clubs President.
The meeting followed the Clubs last of its Friday nights programmed activities for the year which saw Dan Jamieson win the juniors section and some top matches both in singles and doubles played in the other section. Warren despite having spent a good part of the year with his family at Westmead hospital, performed his duties again so well and praised and thanked the committee and volunteers for keeping the club going to enjoy another successful year of tennis activities.
After two weeks of cancelling the Thursday orange ball three quarter court competition due to the hot weather we finally held the weekly tourney with 6 players braving and enjoying the drizzle conditions and narrowly completed the hour before the rain hit. Well done to Jack Booth winner and Tilly Weeks runner up for this one with Max Booth the big improver. Play will continue this Thursday with the start time 6.30 this week to allow the extra bit of shade for the courts and play to finish at 7.30pm. All members are welcome to play with the weekly tourney designed to cater for those players who are not quite ready for normal court /green balls. If players can at least serve in, one out of three attempts from the three quarter line they should give it a go. It is noticeable the improvement in the players.
There has been a great response to the recent email issued to those registered on the tennis mailing list, for Stuart Callaghan’s January coaching with all spots for the private coaching now full.
Tony Callaghan has the booking/timetable schedule for the 8th to 12th January.
Meanwhile our 4 coaches are being kept busy Lani Houston , Jess Weeks , Immy and Sara Molloy and maybe others with all details of contact numbers and prices on the web.
The AgFlite, and Crighton’s Rural Awards this week go to our youngsters Ryan Curtis, Dan Jamieson and Hilton Hargreaves who put in top performances in their Friday night play and then attended the AGM with much interest.
The Foodworks award goes to our young female participants who played the orange ball Thursday tourney this week- these being Tilly and Makenzie Weeks and Charli Giddins
Successful Sunday morning tennis windup
The weather was perfect for our Sunday morning tennis activities finale on the weekend with an end of year Christmas spirit atmosphere which included some great games, prizes and a sausage sandwich.
The morning also enabled the 2018 calendar entries to be finalised for printing.
The Thursday yellow ball competition was called off last week due to the heat but should be much better conditions for play this week starting at 6pm.
The draw this week should be available Thursday with all matches likely to be scheduled at 6.30 with the AGM on at 7.45pm. The junior’s competition will also continue starting at 6.30.
The AgFlite Award this week goes to our 5 Sunday Morning coaches who organised a perfect schedule on the weekend. The Crighton’s Rural award goes to Russell Curtis who did a great job on Sunday morning cooking, serving, and satisfying the players, parents and friends without any leftovers. The Foodworks Award goes to the seven people also on Sunday morning who expertly finalised the calendar birthday entries checks in a good time.
Immogen Molloy wins the Riverina Open Womens Tennis Doubles
Immy Molloy became the first Hay player to win a Riverina Open Major event with the annual Wagga tourney being played on the weekend.
The rejuvenated tournament the longest running tourney in Australia, normally held on the October Long Weekend attracted 70 players.
Immys request for a partner got her the talented Charlotte Littlejohn who has played little tennis lately due to a recurring hip injury and exams. The scratch pair had struggled to overcome the number two seeds in the semis. before beating the conqueror’s of the number one seed in the final led by Stacey Curran (nee Elliott) who had won the Hay Open some 10yrs ago, the doubles final score being 6/3 6/3.
World Ranked veteran Brenda Foster(nee Catton) of Swan Hill and also a former Hay Open champion again won the Riverina women’s singles and Daniel Dossetor of Griffith won the men’s singles.
A number of Hay players participated some their first tourney and enjoyed the good atmosphere and format which did not offer computer points towards Australian Rankings although generous prizemoney and trophies were on hand.
The last of the 2017 club championships the mixed was completed with Lani Houston and Brad Callaghan having an extremely close win 6/5 6/3 against Jess Weeks and Kenny Hargreaves. Both pairs did well in reaching the final with the women needing congratulations for pairing with their young partners.
It was another pleasant Friday night with all courts being used. No tennis this Friday due to the St Marys fete.
Two fantastic finals were played marking the end of a successful womens competition.
A grade saw the Lani Houston Consulting team of Jess Weeks and Lani Houston hanging on to beat the Saltbush Motor Inn team of Paula Comb and Jan Zambon 6/1 6/5 and in B grade it all came down to a tiebreaker decider when the Tapper Ag Landmark team of Jill Chapman and Sue Clancy won 6/3 3/6 and tiebreaker 7/2 against the Meggs Grain team of Casey and Tamara Wade
For the third consecutive week Sophie Curtis won the Friday juniors tourney this time from Navieen Singh. The Thursday orange ball competition was called off due to the weather last week and depending on weather this week will depend on play.
Our final Sunday morning sessions will be held this week at the 10am and 11am times with a christmas spirit in operation.
The Foodwork’s and Crighton’s Awards this week go to the women’s finals play of Jan Zambon, Sue Clancy and Jill Chapman all gaining their first awards of the year and the AgFlite award to Immy Molloy our first Hay player to enjoy success at the Riverina Open Major Events.
Hay Bowling and Golf Club Tennis Sponsorship
The Hay Bowling and Golf Club has joined Auscott and Wooloondool Farms as the Tennis Clubs major sponsors. The generous deal will greatly financially assist the Tennis Club to meet its debts and running costs. The Council loan to reseal its main 4 courts should be finalised in the next two years and by then the clubs back three courts will likely need work done.
Current membership stands at 220 with the 2016/17 financial year having been 269 members. Night competition fees after a number of years are likely to rise in the new calendar year.
Monday Night Women
The point score in the three grades was so close even requiring a count back result in one grade to determine finalists.
The pick of last weeks matches went to the B grade Wooloondool team of Teresa Mirabelli and Kerry Rennie winning 6/5 6/5 over the Japps Pharmacy team.
It was a similar scoreline when Karinda Deatons IGA team beat the Pynors Accountants team in A grade. The Hay Jewellers team of Kim and Zoe Biggs were in devastating form in not losing a game in their match against the Hay Newsagency. The three grade finals as well as some playoff matches are scheduled this week.
Friday Night Activities
Some great matches and atmosphere continue on Friday nights. Good to see Peter Head back on the courts with him and Anthony Slattery combining very well. Well done to Beth Schiller and Sarah Lindsay in their top win. Zander Haidy played well to win two singles.
The mixed title will be finalised this week with no play next week due to the St Marys fete.
Congratulations to Jensen Hargreaves who performed so well in the NSW country titles held in Sydney on the weekend. Twenty four players from around the state qualified for each age group
to play, in which Jensen won his 12s boys group of 6 players then to qualify for the semi finals against the other group winners. He lost his semi 4/1 4/2 and then so narrowly lost the play-off for third/fourth spots 5/3 4/2.
Immy Molloy finished 3rd position in her group of the 16s girls while Kenny Hargreaves and the other players from our South West Region performed so well and all enjoyed that extra day of coaching by the states best coaches.
The Hay Club commenced its first ever orange ball three quarter court weekly tennis tourney with 10 players competing. Play will be held each Thursday between 6pm and 7pm Thursday with players needing to register at the courts prior to the starting time for the draw to be made. Winners were Matilda Nisbet and Jack Booth . Extra courts will be prepared this week with players of sufficient standard all welcome.
Another good attendance was held on the Sunday Morning activities with no play this Sunday due to Race weekend.
The winner in our weekly Friday evening green ball competition was Sophie Curtis.
The Crightons Rural and Foodworks awards go to Matilda Nisbet and Jack Booth our very first winners of our new orange ball three quarter court tennis competition and the Agflite Award goes to Jensen Hargreaves finishing in 4th spot in his age group in the NSW country titles.
Hunt and Longworth take 2017 tennis titles
Congratulations to Warren Hunt and Steve Longworth who last week won the mens club titles winning a comfortable 6/1 6/1 against Tony and Brad Callaghan. In fact the pair won all their other matches with the same scoreline and upon checking the winners board showed previous success in winning this title together way back in 1989.
The Meggs Grain Handling of Peter Davies and Paula Comb team had a great season to take out the B grade section in actually playing two matches on the night while the Lani Houston Consulting team of Jimmy and Rowan Houston won the C grade final 6/3 6/4 against the Hay Newsagency team of Alex Haidy and Joe Wilson.
This now concludes Wednesday tennis for the year with Friday nights activities still welcoming entries.
The Finals and some playoffs are scheduled for the 20th November with some important matches this week to determine finalists. Closest of last week A grade saw the IGA team lead by Karinda Deaton narrowly beat The Murphys Clothing team of Kate Murphy and Bronny Hicks 6/3 5/6. In B grade the Wooloondool team of Teresa Mirabelli and Kerrie Rennie had a 3/6 6/2 win against Woodpark Poll. In C grade the Auscott team of Sue Parslow and Anna Lilburne had a good 6/2 6/1 win against Bidgee Bobcat and Demo
A first up great atmosphere night nearly utilising all the courts was held involving two singles competitions (one being a juniors green ball ) the mixed club titles as well as a combined mixed B grade which includes womens and mens pairs.
The Singles competition comprises some of the new rules being trialled this week in Italy where the top 8 world ranked under 21 years players are playing. The pick of the scheduled matches saw Jensen Hargreaves beat Immy Molloy 4/1 4/3 giving both valuable practice for the state country series titles in Sydney this week.
Two great semi final matches were seen in the mixed titles with Jess Weeks and Kenny Hargreaves beating Jacqui and Brett Hargreaves 6/3 6/4 and then Lani Houston and Brad Callaghan beat the seeds Peter Marks and Hannah Stewart in a tight 6/3 5/6 (7/2) score. The bbq proved popular and further entries are welcome for the combined grade.
Well done last week to Sophie Curtis and Dan Jamieson winning the weekly Friday green ball competition with Joseph Wilson going so close.
A weekly Thursday three quarter court tennis competition using orange balls commences this week 16th Nov with players needing to register at the courts by 6pm with play concluding about 7pm. Players should check with their coaches if they are of sufficient standard to participate.
Sunday morning was held with a good attendance – best in the 10am group were Bella Maloney and Daniel Green, with Navieen Singh going well in the 11am group. Commencing next week some players have been promoted from the first session to the second session but will still remain in a separate group with orange balls.
The Foodworks, Crightons and Agflite awards this week go to Warren Hunt and Steve longworth winning the mens doubles title having done it 28 years ago to prove that tennis is a game for all ages.
Mens Tennis to Finals
The mens tennis finals and playoffs will be completed Wednesday night 8th Nov with all players drawn to play. Play will then transfer to Friday nights with all details on the clubs website with entries closing Thursday with the draw available Friday to commence this week the 10th Nov.
In last weeks mens club doubles, the other semi final was completed with Brad and Tony Callaghan beating the number two seeds Anthony Slattery and Dylan Lund.
The Group A final will be contested between Meggs Grain handlers and Hay Shire. The group B final will be played between Lani Houston Consulting and Hay Newsagency.
The best match last week saw the Saltbush Motor Inn team of Liam Woods and Tobye Deaton winning 6/3 6/5 over Bidgee Bobcat & Demo.
The pointscore in the three grades continues to be so close that all 18 teams across the board have a chance of reaching a final. Best of the matches last week was the Hay Jewellers team of Darcie Hedt and Zoe Biggs 6/2 4/6 win over the Hills Corner Store as well as the Woodpark Poll team of Lisa Headon and Carol Huggins 6/5 6/1 win against the Japps team.
The Friday night 2017 club singles were completed last week with some fabulous matches seen on all the courts. The new concept of the 10s girls playing three quarter court with orange balls was a success with Makenzie Weeks winning this group. The 18s finals were of the highest standard with Immy Molloy beating Hannah Stewart in a brilliant match and Kenny Hargreaves beating Zanda Haidy also in a strong tennis match. Sophie Curtis and Jensen Hargreaves continue to dominate by winning the 12s.
Due to the keenness of the juniors we will continue to run a weekly junior tournament with registration at the courts by 6pm (three quarter court orange ball tennis will not be included but instead another time will be organised for this group.)
Temora who has a wonderful and improved tennis facility held a junior tennis tournament on Sunday with a number of Hay players involved. The concept of combining all boys and girls together into grades rather than gender and age group is quite amazing with all players truly enjoying the day with no one getting any thrashings and all players enjoying. Despite no Hay winners for the day, improvement was notable and great matches and atmosphere witnessed.
The annual Wagga Open and Junior tourney will be held 25,26 Nov. with entries closing 10thNov.
The Agflite and Crightons Rural awards go to our remaining 2017 junior club champions success these being Makenzie Weeks, Immy Molloy , Hannah Stewart, Kenny Hargreaves and Zanda Haidy. The Foodworks award goes to Swedens Johanna Larsson who last week partnered Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands to so narrowly lose the world tennis doubles final having beaten our Aussies Delacqua and Barty in their first match of the worlds series finals.The 29 yr old Larsson hails from the city of Helsingborg Sweden where Hays Stu Callaghan resides and plays at the same club. At 29yrs of age all her club practice there in between tourneys has paid off and she is a big role model on and off the court in Helsingborg particularly to Stuarts daughter Mika Callaghan.
Friday Tennis Activities Commence
The start of the Friday night tennis activities commenced last week with the Annual 10s and 15yrs Junior Club Championships.
Congratulations go to Dan Jamieson 10s boys singles winner 4/3 in the final over Hilton Hargreaves and to Jensen Hargreaves 15s boys winner 6/2 against Brad Callaghan.
The 15s girls singles winner was Sophie Curtis with some great play in her singles as well as her doubles play. Well done to all those who participated.
The 10s girls singles was to be played on a Sunday Morning however due to Sunday numbers will now play their tourney on Fri (must register by 6pm ) This group will play three quarter court tennis with orange balls and there would be at least 6 girls born 2007 or later, good and capable of playing this tourney.
The 12s and 18yrs age groups will also be played this week and all juniors are invited to play.
The following Friday a singles competition (male and female combined) as well as a mixed competition will begin. Players have the option of playing Singles, mixed or both. Womens pairs or mens pairs can also enter the mixed comp. Some singles matches may be limited to 45min duration. A bbq will be available and further details are on the web.
Temora will hold a tourney on Sunday 5th Nov so there is no local Sunday tennis but will resume on 12th Nov.
Both the womens and mens night competitions continue with very close and good spirited matches.
Jan Zambon made a fine introduction to A grade tennis when she and Paula Comb for the Saltbush motor Inn team drew 6/5 5/6 with IGA. The O’Briens Fertilisers team of Trish and Dan Jamieson has gone to outright leader in B grade with their 6/1 6/4 win over Woodpark Poll. The Hills Corner Store team last week comprising Indie Maree Edwards and Chloe Jane Simpson has gone to top of the ladder in C grade with their strong win 6/2 6/4 against Auscott.
One mens semi final in the Club Champioships grade was held with the experienced Steve Longworth and Warren Hunt too strong in the atrocious windy weather conditions against Darren Tapper and Nick Robertson. In the teams group divisions in A section the Hay Shire team of Hannah and Greg Stewart remain unbeaten following their tie breaker decider win against Hills Corner Store. Cameron and Lockie Clark for the Murphys Clothing Store made a fine debut in the B section with a 6/3 6/1 win against Pynors
The Crightons Rural , Agflite and Foodworks weekly awards go to our 2017 junior singles winners Dan Jamieson, Jensen Hargreaves and Sophie Curtis.
Pleasant Start to Night Competitions
The opening round to both the Womens and Mens was played in pleasant conditions with a good social and competitive nature present.
The Womens night saw all matches scheduled go down to the wire- best A grade match was Pynors Accountants Kirsten Hutchings and Elle Jamieson winning 5/6 6/4 over Murphys Clothing.
Best B grade match was O’Briens Fertilisers Trish and Dan Jamieson winning 6/4 6/4 against Japps Pharmacy. All three matches in C grade produced all 6/5 or 6/4 sets and couldnt have been any closer with the best going to the Elders team of Isabella Handford and Lane Griffiths with their win over Bidgee Bobcat and Demo.
The Mens night is being contested in three divisions which also includes the annual club doubles titles. The experienced pair of Steve Longworth and Warren Hunt go into the titles as the number one seed however it was the great high standard match win of Nick Robertson and Darren Tapper 4/6 6/5 and a tie breaker decider (8/6) against Pacey and Peter Marks to put them into the semis. All other matches across the grades were very close with the pick going to the drawn 6/5 5/6 match between the Bidgee Bobcat and Demo Craig and Joseph Wilson against Megs Grain Handlers Tobye and Karinda Deaton.
The Friday Singles and Mixed competitions will commence on 10th Nov where players can enter Singles, Mixed or both.
Our 2017 junior club championships for all ages will commence at 6pm this week Friday 27th October as outlined on the webs juniors program. Registrations will be taken at the courts up to 5.45 when the draw will be made. Any player unable to attend should contact Tony so a bye can be given.
Sunday morning activities will be held on the weekend at the 10am and 11am sessions times.
Griffith held a series tourney on Sunday with a difference in that all players played in their grade not age and combined boys and girls. A number of Hay players enjoyed the day but none better than Hilton Hargreaves who won his first tourney. Jensen Hargreaves also won his grade beating the talented 14year old Albury lass Cameron Goss. Temora will also hold one of these tourneys on Sunday 5th Nov
The AgFlite award this week goes to Hilton Hargreaves for his first intertown tourney win. The Foodworks and Crightons Rural awards go to Nick Robertson and Darren Tapper in their top quarter final win in the Mens doubles titles.
Tennis Competitions underway
The long awaited night tennis competitions commence this week with 17 teams in three grades competing in the Monday night Womens competition and 13 teams competing in the Mens competition which includes the Club championships. All details including the timedraw are available on the clubs website. The competitions are expected to run for 5 or 6 weeks.
Our Friday night competitions – a combined mens and womens singles competition as well as a mixed competition will commence on the 10th November. Players have the option of playing singles, mixed or both with a bbq available. Full details will appear on the web shortly.
2018 HTC Calendar
Wendy Heerey has commenced work on the 2018 calendar with birthday entries now being taken at the clubhouse. The calendar appearance and style has come a long way since its inception over 40 years ago remembering the old days of spending hours of compiling and stapling now easy to tear off pages and no stapling. Full congratulations to Wendy on this Club fundraiser.
A junior tourney will be held on this Sunday 22nd Oct in Griffith with a difference in that all players will be graded and all will play within their grade regardless of ages. Entries close Wednesday with enquiries to Lani or Tony.
Wow a big number attended Sunday morning junior activities especially in the first session despite it only being organised the night before when it was realised the coaches were available and there will be no tennis on the 22nd due to Griffith. A good number of youngsters were backing up from their Tennis NSW Coaching day held over the school holidays. Well done to Jack Booth and Jacob Lund for their improvement hitting some nice shots.
The Agflite, Foodworks and Crightons Rural awards this week go to Wendy Heerey, Jacob Lund and Jack Booth
Successful Tennis Weekend
The Annual Wooloondool/Auscott Hay Open and Junior Tennis tournament attracted exactly 100 players on the weekend and expertly programmed by Hays international experienced tournament director Steve Longworth to have the last match and presentation completed by 4pm on the Sunday.
The weekend of tennis activities commenced on Thursday when the newly appointed Tennis NSW South West Participation Officer Brendon Lee organised with Lani Houston to conduct an all day Junior tennis clinic which amazingly received 70 participants. Brendon Lee brought with him 5 of his pupils from his previous coaching school business in Casino in northern NSW and Southern Queensland and together with 5 Hay coaches utilised all the synthetic courts to conduct a very satisfied and popular tennis day. Thank you to the three Hay Schools giving this last minute publicity.
The Tournament again produced brilliant tennis with some players having high Australian Rankings. David Poole currently in Melbourne having spent time in the USA tennis competitions won the mens Final 6/1 7/6 against former Riverina champion Danny Dossetor who has returned to his hometown of Griffith now conducting a tennis coaching business.
The Womens final was won by the brilliant Jordan Gregson from Sydney who was very strong in all her matches beating a former Hay Open champion Stacey Curran (nee Elliott) of Wagga.
Hay had some success in the 40 events conducted. Jess Weeks partnered a Queenslander to go down in the A mixed final. The C Mens doubles finalists were Danny and Greg Stewart losing 8/3 after the first 4 games were deuces. Immy Molloy came second to Hannah Potts of Parkes in the 16s girls. Brad Callaghan took out the 14s singles 6/5 in the final against Lachlan Kelly of Mildura with Pacey Marks missing a semi spot on averages. Jensen Hargreaves continues his brilliant form by winning the 12s singles in a big field. Boys doubles success went to Jensen and Kenny Hargreaves in the 14s doubles and to Danny Stewart and Brad Callaghan in the 12s. Chloe Mulcahy formerly of Carrathool was runner up in the 10s girls. Indyanna Wilson played very well in her first tourney competing in the 10s group. Anthony Slattery partnered Josh Kilo of Albury in the over 90s to be runner up. Peter and Pacey Marks won the parent/child B section final against Andrew and Tom Davies 8/4
Many thanks goes to all the wonderful volunteers and this includes newcomers Tracey and Paul Newnham who spent many hours of their time to ensure the tournament was a success both on and off the courts. Hopefully the success will inject some much needed funds into the club.
Entries for the forthcoming night competitions to commence from the 16th for women and 18th for men will close on Saturday with details on the web
Junior Sunday Morning will resume on October 22
Big Weekend of Tennis Activities Scheduled
The Annual Wooloondool /Auscott Hay Open /junior Tennis tournament to commence on Friday afternoon had attracted 80 players received so far as at the weekend.
On the day before on Thursday 5th, Tennis NSW is conducting a free coaching clinic commencing at 9am for all ages up to 18yrs concluding at 3pm.
An Open Day will also be held later on this day and all are welcome to a free bbq and a hit of tennis. This will run from 3pm to 7pm.
The Tournament numbers are well short of last year with organisers hoping for the last minute entry of locals for support. Any help or food donations for the kiosk can contact Jess Weeks or courts maintenance assistance to contact Warren Hunt.
Tournament organiser Steve Longworth currently in Sydney running the State Veterans, has pointed out that despite the overall small number –the Tennis Australia Rankings points Open Womens and Mens events have attracted big fields coming from as far as Queensland and South Australia. A group of younger players from Parkes comprising a number playing their first tourney have entered so hoping the locals will rise to the occasion to match the first timers.
The clay courts are looking good after the work on them. The better weather is now bringing out players enjoying a hit. Practice sessions will be held Mon and Tues nights at 5pm and a meeting will be held Wed night at 5.30 to finalise matters.
In the meantime entries are being taken for the forthcoming night competitions with details on the web.
The 2017 Womens Doubles title was concluded during the week with Jess Weeks and Lani Houston each winning their first club title, by taking out the doubles final 6/4 6/4 against Maggie Biggs and Immy Molloy . The winners take out this weeks weekly awards.
Bookings are essential for the Tennis NSW Free Coaching Clinic to be held on Thursday. Numbers received are already over 40 and maybe need be limited . Please contact Lani on 0408932161 The juniors program for when school resumes is outlined on the web.
Further development tourneys will be played in Griffith on 22nd Oct and Temora 5th Nov where players will play their grade rather than their age group.
Annual Wooloondool/Auscott Tennis Tournament
The Annual Hay Open and Junior Tennis tourney to be played over Oct 6,7,8 has so far only attracted 30 players from across NSW and Victoria including Canberra however a busload from Wagga as well as Parkes is expected with organisers still hoping for 100 players. Entries close Sunday 1 Oct however the Open Events being run by Tennis Australia close Tuesday 26th. Locals having difficulties in entering can contact tony 0419571292. Locals should give it a go with some enjoying success last year when 30 Hay players participated. The tourney caters for all standards and ages and includes parent/child events.
The Club will be holding an Open day on the Thursday before the tourney from 3pm to 7pm. All players of all standards are invited to attend and have a hit of social or practice for the tourney and enjoy a free bbq.
The womens semi finals were conducted during the week with Immy molloy and Maggie Biggs beating Ellie Jamieson and Kirsten Hutchings 6/1 6/3 and in the other match Jess Weeks and Lani Houston beat Heidi Stephens and Kate Stephens 6/2 6/3. The final is scheduled at 7pm Wed 27th
Congratulations to Zoe Biggs and Kerry Summers who won the Consolation Section womens final with a 6/3 6/3 win over Anna Lilburne and Sue Parslow
Entries are now being taken (lists to date are displayed on the web) for the next mens and womens competitions.
The Hay Club in conjunction with Tennis NSW has organised a free coaching clinic on Thursday 5th Oct- the day before the Open Tourney. The clinic from 9am to 3pm will be run by Brendan Lee from Tennis NSW and bookings are essential to Lani 0408932161 and includes for players up to 18yrs of age to give it a go.
The Wed arvo competition finished last week finally with some good weather. Dan Jamieson and Indyanna Wilson were top of the table on equal points with Brad Callaghan and Navieen Singh equal third points. The best match last week saw Hilton Hargreaves winning his singles 3/4 4/2 as well as a doubles win. Junior competition tennis will resume now on Friday afternoons /evenings after the holidays.
Kerry Summers and Zoe Biggs win the Afgflite and Foodworks awards this week for their consolation doubles win, while Brendan Lee from Tennis NSW takes the Crightons Rural award for organising the forthcoming Open Day and Coaching Clinic.
Club Tennis Doubles to Semi Finals
Quarter Finals matches were completed last week in the Annual Womens Club Championships Involving good standard matches. Kirsten Hutchings and Ellie Jamieson continue their good form with a 6/2 6/1 win over the seeded pair of Kate Murphy and Bronwyn Hicks. Another top match saw Kate and Heidi Stephens win 6/2 6/4 against Karinda Deaton and Tania Stephenson.
Semi Finals were contested in the B section with Kerry Summers and Zoe Biggs beating Kelcey Anderson and Chloe Jane Simpson 6/3 6/2 and in the other match Sue Parslow and Ana lilburne beat Penne Bolitho and Isabella Handford 6/4 6/1
The mens doubles titles will be played in conjunction with the teams doubles in various grades on Wednesday nights after the school holidays with details on the web.
Only 8 players braved the windy conditions at the Wednesday arvo competition however a good number attended the good weather at the Sunday morning sessions. Sunday morning will break now for the school holidays and the Wednesday arvo comp will have its last day this week before continuing on Friday afternoons after the school holidays.
There will be a special juniors day including Tennis NSW involvement to be held in the second week of the holidays with further details to follow.
A well attended meeting last week discussed arrangements for the Annual Open and Junior Tourney this year to be held on the last weekend of the school holidays. The tourney caters for all ages and standards so hoping for a good local entry.
The Foodworks and Crightons awards go to Kodi Scott and Jonty Woods hitting some nice shots at Sunday juniors activities despite not playing for some time. Andrew Davies gets the Agflite award spending his time over the weekend preparing the clay courts for the open tourney.
Club Tennis Doubles Update
Only one match was completed last week in the Club doubles titles with all others cancelled due to the bad weather.
Kirsten Hutchings and Ellie Jamieson won their qualifying match in cool conditions 6/5 6/1 over Sharyn Headon and Kim Curtis. The field looks very strong making it necessary for two knockout grades.
Meanwhile entries are now being received and listed on the web for the Wednesday men’s night to commence after the school holidays.
Due to popularity another singles comp as well as the annual mixed will be played on Friday nights from October. Players have the option of playing the singles or mixed or both in various grades.
There was no play held in the Wednesday arvo comp or Sunday Morning activities but both are scheduled this week. The junior competition will then transfer to Friday evenings after the school holidays.
Meanwhile a special junior’s day is being planned in the school holidays.
The Crighton’s Rural and AgFlite awards go to Ellie Jamieson and Kirsten Hutchings for last week’s win in their Club doubles match. The Foodworks award goes to Kim Curtis and Sharyn Headon for their narrow loss.
After many many years the USA have regained a depth of talent following the US Open. Of course the next Grand Slam is the Australian open in Melbourne where hopefully the Aussies will also rise to the occasion on home soil. A number of Hay people will be attending some sessions with Tony Callaghan booking some extra accommodation for some days during week one of the tourney if anyone is interested.
Tennis Club Doubles Titles Underway
The 2017 Women’s Club Doubles begins this week and should conclude by the school holidays with the men to commence after the holidays to be played in conjunction with the Wednesday teams doubles competition.
Entries are now open for the Annual Wooloondool, Auscott Tennis tournament to be played on the 6th.7th. 8th October with details on the club’s website. The tournament caters for all grades and ages with entries already received from Mildura, Canberra and Wagga.
Dan Jamieson is the early leader narrowly from Indyanna and Joseph Wilson in the Wednesday arvo points competition where weekly winners for singles and doubles receive 3 points, runners up 2 and participation 1 point. Last week’s best singles match was Zanda Haidy against Brad Callaghan and Sophie Curtis best in doubles. Parents are more than welcome to join in.
The father’s day sessions on Sunday morning attracted 17 keen players with Tilly Weeks and Holly Ashcroft playing some nice strokes. No tennis this weekend due to the show.
Griffith is planning to host another over 35s MIA intertown day on Sunday 15th October with Hay to supply a team of 4 men and 4 women. Anyone who is interested is asked to contact Anthony Slattery who will lead the Hay charge.
A meeting will be held next week to discuss some important club issues/matters including the open tourney.
All full tennis details including results are shown on the club’s website.
The Foodworks award goes to Tony Callaghan for his out of retirement match against Dan Jamieson with the Agflite and Crighton’s awards to Navieen Singh and Indyanna Wilson for their performances during the week.
Immy Molloy and Anthony Slattery win 2017 tennis singles
Both Imogen Molloy and Anthony Slattery took out their first Hay Tennis Club Singles titles, with Slats having previously won the doubles championships with Andrew Cronin in 2009 and 2011.
The finals were very similar scores of a very high standard each going to a tiebreaker decider 7/3.
Immy Molloy at 15yrs of age became the youngest female champion since Kylie Callaghan at 14yrs in 1986. Immy beat Jess Weeks 5/6 6/2 (7/3)
Anthony Slattery played a tactical match to overcome the young Jensen Hargreaves 6/5 4/6 (7/3) who had earlier eliminated the number one seed Warren Hunt.
By winning the titles both players become the 21st individual winners for each of the mens and women’s singles titles since the honour board started in 1947.
Craig Wilson won the (B) Section 6/4 against Liam Woods, with Geoff Chapman taking out the Feed In consolation against Alex Haidy. In the women’s Lani Houston beat Maggie Biggs for the 3rd /4th spots with Kate Murphy to oppose Tania Stephenson for the 5th/6th spots. Bronny Hicks beat Sharyn Headon 0/6 6/3 (7/1) for the consolation (A) with Kim Curtis to play Harriet Lugsdin for the other consolation final. Kelcey Anderson plays Isabella Handford in the (C) grade final scheduled this week.
The women’s doubles titles will commence Monday 4th August with entries closing Thursday 31st. The men’s doubles will commence after the school holidays and will be played in conjunction with the teams doubles competition.
The Wednesday afternoon boys and girls singles and doubles competition is now underway each week from 4.15 to 5.30pm with Jo Wilson and Will Jamieson gaining the points this week.
A good number attended the Sunday Morning sessions despite the cold weather with Ava Stephens and Navieen Singh voted best by the coaches this week.
The Foodworks and Crighton’s Rural awards this week go to our 2017 Club Champions – Immy Molloy and Anthony Slattery
The Agflite award goes to Will Jamieson who played well at both the Wed arvo juniors comp and Sunday morning activities.
Tennis Club Singles to Finals
The 2017 Club Singles Championships continue to impress with the Women’s Semi-finals and Men’s Final scheduled this week.
Women’s quarter finals results saw the seeded players coming home to gain semi final positions. Earlier Kate Murphy had the toughest 1st Round win 6/3 6/3 against Sharyn Headon and then she had the closest loss in the quarters to Maggie Biggs 3/6 6/1 (7/2) who was playing her first tennis after her recent injury. Immy Molloy, Lani Houston and Jess Weeks had wins over Kim Curtis, Tania Stephensen and Bronny Hicks. In the B/C section wins went to Harriet Lugsdin, Kelcey Anderson and Indie Maree Edwards.
The men’s singles final is shaping up to be a terrific match between the young Jensen Hargreaves and the experienced Anthony Slattery. Jensen played with so much maturity well beyond his 11years age to defeat the number one seed and last year’s finalist Warren Hunt who used all his craft and special skills developed over the years, the score being 3/6 6/5 tiebreaker(7/5). The other semi final saw Anthony Slattery playing well to overcome Nick Robertson 6/4 6/0, with former champion Andrew Davies having to withdraw due to work committments.
The full draw and results are on the club’s website
Entries close this week for the Club doubles to commence next week.
The Wednesday arvo junior singles competition starts this week 4.15 to 5.30 ( following the trial afternoon last week) and will continue each week until the school holidays.
The good weather on Sunday morning produced a larger number of participants for the two sessions. Our German visitors played well and enjoyed the morning well organised by Sara and Immy Molloy.
Good luck to Kenny Hargreaves this week who plays in Bathurst for the Riverina team in the State schools competition
The Crighton’s Rural Award this week goes to Holly Ashcroft who played some nice shots at Sunday morning junior tennis.
The Foodworks award goes to Kate Murphy who had two very good matches in the women’s singles during the week.
The Agflite Award goes to Geoff Chapman who is going for third time lucky this week in the men’s singles
State Junior Regional Tennis Success
Congratulations to Jensen Hargreaves who won the 12s boys singles in the Wagga Champion of Champions on the weekend undefeated in his group and will now represent the South West NSW region in the State titles to be played later on in the year.
Hay had an amazing representation of six players who qualified for the finals. The best 8 players in each of the four age groups for both boys and girls who gained points at the tournaments held throughout the Region during the year and who participated in at least four tourney’s qualified for the finals. Maggie Biggs had to withdraw unfortunately due to an injury but hopes to be fit for her Club Championship match next week.
Brad Callaghan snuck into second spot behind Jensen in the 12s boys to edge out Albury’s Harry Grigg on a countback and Sophie Curtis also came in second spot in the 12s girls to Goulburn’s Chantelle Barling. Kenny Hargreaves 14s boys and Immy Molloy 16s girls played great tennis but missed out on the first and second spots.
A big thank you goes to Lani Houston who attended and supported the players and who has been organising training sessions these past weeks.
Wednesday afternoon junior singles and doubles competition commenced last week with a trial with 8 players participating. Well done to Indyanna Wilson,Corbin Headon and Hilton Hargreaves who had the best results on the day. There will be no play this week and then the proper comp will commence the following week and will continue until the school holidays.
Sunday morning juniors is on this weekend.
Club Championship Singles
Last week the women’s opening night was abandoned due to the miserable weather however the men’s commenced with some top play. The closest of the first round results was Anthony Slattery beating Kenny Hargreaves 6/5 6/4 and Craig Wilson beating James Goh 6/4
Annual tennis Singles starts
The annual tennis club championship singles in various grades commences this week with both the monday night women’s and wednesday night men’s each receiving entries of 15 players across all grades. Mondays scheduled start promises to be chilly with the time draw on the web. Our 2016 Club singles champions were Jasmine Gregory and Scotty Dixon beating Catherine Carroll and Warren Hunt in their finals.
Doubles are scheduled to commence in four weeks.
Tennis NSW visit
Brendan Lee the new Tennis South West leader visited Hay last week to advise on the latest Australian tennis developments bringing to the table some nice fresh ideas. It was also learned how many Clubs and Associations not only in Country Areas and just not the sport of tennis are battling with finances and new regulations.
We will aim to hold some sort of special tennis function probably in the next school holidays and this could be a special coaching school or Open day with a variety of ideas assisted by Tennis NSW to be put in place. The first thing is to organise a meeting to gauge interest bearing in mind that our Open Tourney will be held at the end of the school holidays.
The junior singles boys and girls Wednesday afternoon competition recommences this week (9th Aug) with all players who are keen to continue or new players (have to be able to serve) to be at the courts around 4.15 so the 4.30 pm matches can be organised with matches to finish at 5.30. After this week we will be more organised to work out a weekly draw. Alex Haidy, Kenny and Jensen Hargreaves as well as Brad Callaghan will be required at 6pm or 6.30 pm for the Club Singles titles this week.
Good luck to the six Hay players who qualified for the South West NSW series finals to be played in Wagga on Sunday this weekend.
Thirteen players braved the very cold Sunday morning conditions on the weekend to attend the group activities. There will be no tennis this weekend as all the coaches are away but then will be held the following two weeks.
The AgFlite, Foodworks and Crightons Rural awards this week go to the good performances at Sunday morning tennis Emma Curtis, Jack Booth and Emily Ashcroft
Tennis NSW visit this week
Tennis South West new participation leader Brendan Lees is scheduled to meet with Hay Tennis Club personnel this week at the clubhouse on Tuesday at 4pm.
Anyone who is interested in meeting Brendan and learning the latest Tennis Australia developments including the South West juniors program is welcomed to attend.
Entries for the 2017 Club singles will close on Saturday to commence for Women on Monday 7th August with a few requests and scheduled for early Sunday 6th matches. Men will start on Wednesday 9th August. President Warren Hunt was back at the courts on the weekend giving the courts and surrounds a good clean up. He still looks to be a force for the men’s title this year.
Annual memberships should be finalised this week.
The junior Wednesday arvo singles comp for boys and girls will resume after a two month break, on Wed 9th August with early matches from 4.30 pm. To utilize the courts there will also be 5 and 5.30 matches with one hours play scheduled. Four boys will join in the group to play the club singles group which commences from 6pm with 6.30 and possibly 7pm matches.
Top weather saw only a small number of 13 very keen players at Sunday morning tennis with some great activities and play organized by the three coaches.
Some nice serves were noted by Dillon Green in the first group and in the second group Alex Haidy and Brad Callaghan played well.
Tennis Entries now open for Annual Singles
The Annual Tennis singles will commence from the week of the August 7th with entries now being accepted online or to Tony. The singles will be held in various grades and hopefully the cold weather will have finished.
Thank you to all the annual sponsorships and membership renewals which have greatly assisted towards the Clubs financial position. The annual report is listed on the club’s noticeboard.
The annual Hay Open/Juniors tourney to be held in the next holidays is currently being looked at with the program to be finalised soon.
The weather was perfect for the 16 players who attended the Sunday morning sessions in the two groups. Some nice stroke making was made by Mackenzie Weeks, Ashton Green and Ryan Curtis in the first session while Emily Ashcroft, Sophie Curtis, Alex Haidy and Michael Ashcroft were playing some good shots in the second session. Sunday tennis will continue for the next two weeks.
The Wednesday junior singles comp for boys and girls will resume on the 9th August with matches being scheduled at 4.30, 5pm, 5.30 and 6pm.
The Crightons Rural award goes to Kenny Hargreaves of the Hay High School gaining selection in the 9 boys Riverina team and we wish the team good luck in their matches.
The Foodworks and Agflite awards go to Sara and Immy Molloy who did a fantastic job in conducting junior tennis on the weekend with Lani away.
Junior Tennis Recommences
Junior Sunday Morning tennis will recommence now on Sunday 23rd July still comprising the two age/standard groups continuing at the 10am and 11am start times. New players are most welcome.
Night tennis will recommence with the annual singles competition in various grades commencing from August.
The Agflite weekly award goes to the members of the Hay Public School in reaching the Riverina final for the first time ever and the school has been competing in this competition for many years. Team members were Olivia Huggins, Skye lilburne, Jack Headon and Daniel Stewart. The Foodworks award goes to the Hay Club member Tom Davies who played a leading part in the South Wagga Public School winning team. The Crightons Rural Award goes to Maggie Biggs who gained selection in the Riverina Girls High School Team the first time Hay has gained a rep since Simone Mabon and Kylie Callaghan did many years ago.
Good Finish to Night Tennis
Both the mens and womens night tennis competitions were completed during the week with top class finals witnessed.
The mens match produced the best final for some years. The undefeated 92 Computing team throughout the duration of the competition, comprising Steve Longworth and Jensen Hargreaves lost the narrowest of margins 7/6 to the Meggs Grain Fertilisers team of Andrew Davies and Allen Dwyer. The individual points winner was Jensen Hargreaves.
The womens night held three finals all very good matches. In A grade the defending champions The Servies Club comprising Paula Comb and Jess Weeks won a tough 6/3 6/4 match against the Saltbush Motor Inn team of Maggie Biggs and Lani Houston. The Hay Jewellers team of Sharyn Headon with Trish McGufficke who was substituting for Kim Curtis took out the B grade with a good win over Lani Houston Consultant team of Sophie Curtis and Lani Houston 6/3 6/2. The C grade final was very close with the Hills Corner Store team of Kim and Zoe Curtis winning 6/5 6/3 against the Hay Newsagency team of Sue Parslow and Anna Lilburne.
A good number played the Wednesday arvo competition with some doubles matches required. Jack Headon, Sophie Curtis and Alex Haidy were standouts in their match, while Archie Houston, Hilton Hargreaves , Navieen Singh and Will Jamieson performed a top match. The highlight singles was the win of Indyanna Wilson 4/3 4/2 against Emerald Headon with other singles winners being Will Simpson, Dan Jamieson and Joseph Wilson. There will be a break of 6 weeks now with the competition to resume late July
The Foodworks, AgFlite and Crightons Rural awards this week went to our Monday Night Womens winners Kim and Zoe Biggs, Trish Mc Gufficke and Sharyn Headon , as well as Paula Comb and Jess Weeks.
Griffith will hold its annual Tourney on the Queens Birthday Weekend – good luck to Hay players who are participating- the tourney being conducted by Steve Longworth
Riverina Tennis Success
Tennis NSW led by Jaslyn Hewitt in conjunction with the planning of South West NSW held a tremendous weekend in Wagga attended by the Regions top 60 junior players which included boys and girls in four age groups. As well as the beneficial coaching with a number of coaches also assisting and giving their expertise-the students also performed drills and fun games. There were coaches sessions as well as Club Reps gaining the latest procedures from Tennis NSW.
The 8 Hay players also participated in the strong Sunday tourney with good results.
The Mens and Womens night competition finals are scheduled this week. The womens A grade defending champions Hay Servies Club made the final to play Saltbush Motor Inn who gained sufficient points with Sue Hanna starring. The Hills Corner Store made the C final when last week comprising Grace Christensen and Darcie Hedt gained a 6/5 6/2 win against the Japps Pharmacy team who narrowly missed the final by one point to the Hay Newsagency team.
In the mens competition 92 Computing will play Meggs Transport who edged out Auscott for a finals spot. The individual points has now finished with Jensen Hargreaves following his results last week overtook Tom Lugsdin, Dylan Lund and Steve Longworth, to finish on top of the competition.
Wednesday Morning tennis will resume this week at 10am.
The wednesday arvo junior singles competition has proved popular with maximum usage of the courts. This will be the last week of play with another planned to start at the end of July.- Good wins last week went to Sophie and Ryan Curtis, Jimmy and Archie Houston, Emerald Headon, Dan Jamieson and Hilton Hargreaves
The Crightons Rural award this week go to Hay Tennis Members Jack Headon (Hay Public School) and Tom Davies (Sth Wagga Public School) for last week being in the winning Riverina AFL team that won the PSSA State Championships from 13 teams held in Parkes. Jack Headon is also a member of the Hay Public School tennis team which has reached the Riverina semi finals to play the winner of the Parkview/ Temora clash while Tom Davies is a member of the Sth Wagga tennis team who have actually reached the final winning the other semi against Howlong.
The Foodworks award goes to Bohden Learmonth (St Marys Hay) who also contested the AFL tourney in Parkes for the Polding Catholic Diocesans team and following this tourney he was named in the state team to play in Darwin.
The Agflite award goes to Jensen Hargreaves continuing his unbeaten run in Riverina tourneys winning the strong Wagga tourney on the weekend as well as winning the individual points at Wednesday night mens tennis competition.
Sunday Junior Tennis in Recess
It was a fabulous morning of Sunday junior tennis activities on the weekend. There were a number of groups formed in the two time-slot sessions with 19 players involved with our three coaches. Best of the high school group were Michael Ashcroft, Wil Jamieson, Alex Haidy and Jo Wilson. Another group were getting plenty of rallies in Lucy Shea, Indyanna Wilson,Jonty Woods and Dan Jamieson. The early session saw some good performance activities to Jack Booth and Mackenzie Weeks. Sunday morning juniors will now break until the 16th July and in the meantime those of sufficient standard able to serve can participate in the popular Wednesday 5pm singles competition which will go for another two weeks.
Well done to Sophie and Ryan Curtis who made the trek to Tumut for their junior tourney and performed well.
This weekend a number of Hay players have been selected to participate in the Regional Development day followed by the strong Wagga tourney the following day. Congratulations to the 8 Hay players for their selection in the south West NSW squad of 64 players the day being headed by Jaslyn Hewitt.
Temora Junior tourney is on June 4th
A critical meeting was held during the week to look at a number of concerning matters which included the Clubs financial situation. Annual memberships fees for the ensuring year have increased mainly to offset increasing costs and are currently being distributed offering prompt payment discounts.
Annual sponsorship packages are also being sought if anyone is interested for the new financial year.
Tennis NSW has increased its annual affiliation fee which includes Public Liability Insurance and has added new demands to Clubs including the amount of data required in registrations. Fortunately we have Lani Houston spending many hours on this and it would be interesting to know how other Clubs are coping. Deniliquin is not affiliated yet the club seems to run well.
Wednesday morning tennis will resume 31st May at 10am
Both the womens and night competitions continue with good tennis including the Wednesday singles. Current grade leaders in the womens are A grade Servies Club, B – Hay Jewellers and C Hills Corner Store and in the mens 92Computing with Tom Lugsdin now outright indiviual leader and in the singles Alex Haidy
The Crightons Rural award goes to Alex Haidy for his top play at Sunday morning and Wed arvo tennis. The AgFlite award goes to Sam Davies for her valued tennis administrative work including web updates. The Foodworks award goes to Allen Dwyer for not only two good set wins on Wednesday night but his good fair attitude each week on the court and gives away a few years to his opponents.
Night Tennis Comp Results
Both the Monday night and Wednesday night tennis competitions are producing both a wonderful competitive and social atmosphere.
The closest match in the womens competition was the B grade win by the Hay Jewellers team of Kim Curtis and Sharyn Headon 4/6 6/3 against the Lani Houston Consultant team while another match in this grade resulted in the Nicolas Royal beating the AgFlite team 6/1 5/6
Other close matches saw the 92 Computing A grade team win 6/2 4/6 against Elders, while in the Cgrade the Japps Pharmacy team of Julie and Maddie Doidge came from behind to beat Wooloondool 2/6 6/1, and the Hills Corner Store team of Kim Biggs and Kerrie Summers had a tough 6/4 6/5 win over the Hay Newsagency team.
In the Mens competition the outright leaders are now 92 Computing and Auscott, while in the individual points Tom Porter and Lani Houston now join Dylan Lund, Andrew Davies and Tom Lugsdin as equal leaders. Team results were very close resulting in a 7/6 two 7/5s and 7/3 scorelines in the four matches. With only 8 teams competing gives the opportunity for many players, nearly all juniors, to play the singles competition utilising all the courts from 5 pm. Winners were Joseph Wilson, Indie Maree Edwards, Corbin Headon and Sophie Curtis with Kyle Mitchell and Alex Haidy combining to have a doubles win. Well done to Will Simpson and Jack Headon also combining for doubles due to the availability of courts. Ryan Curtis and Hilton Hargreaves played a brilliant draw. There are now two vacancies in the singles competition for the next two weeks if anyone wishes to join.
Sunday 21st May will be our last morning activities until July. Players enjoyed the two groups conducted on mothers day and a big thank you to the coaches for their organising.
The Hay public School has reached the semi finals of the Riverina section and will now play the winner of Parkview and Temora schools match.
A good number enjoyed the social tennis on Wednesday utilising two courts. However there will be no play now for two weeks due to the number of players who will be away.
A critical committee meeting has been called for this Friday at 5.30pm at the Clubhouse to discuss a number of issues including Club Finances, Annual Memberships, Tennis NSW new requirements, key personnel absences, and other matters.
The Foodworks, Crightons Rural and AgFlite awards this week go to Dylan Lund and Tom Lugsdin for their good play and temperament in Wed night play as well as to Ryan and Sophie Curtis, Jimmy Houston and Hilton Hargreaves in the junior singles competition.
Good start to night tennis
A pleasant start was made to the new autumn short night competitions with the Monday women receiving 20 team nominations covering three grades.
There were three drawn matches contested. In A grade the newly promoted B grade premiers Elders team of Elie Jamieson and Kirsten Hutchings had a 6/3 3/6 result against the Murphys team of Kate Murphy and Bronwyn Hicks with 92 Computing also drawing 6/4 4/6 against the Servies team. In B grade a tough draw match of 5/6 6/5 was fought out between Nicolas Royal Motel (Carol Huggins and Lisa Headon) and O’Briens Fertilisers (Hilton and Jensen Hargreaves)
The Mens Wed night competition attracted an entry of 8 pairs contesting a teams doubles competition where partners are swapped after the first set and also has 20 players mostly juniors playing a singles competition. Tapper Ag, Auscott, Meggs Transport, and 92 Computing won their opening matches with individual maximum points scored by Dylan Lund, Steve Longworth, Andrew Davies and Tom Lugsdin. Singles winners were-Corbin Headon, Kyle Mitchell, Will Simpson, Jack Headon and Dan Jamieson
Sunday Morning junior tennis will be on this weekend and the following week- Sundays 14 and 21 May at the normal time sessions of 10am and 11am and then will break and not resume until the middle of July. In the break period Jess Weeks , Immy and Sara Molloy will continue their private coaching.
Well done to Maggie Biggs, Immy Molloy, Ryan and Sophie Curtis who played the Albury Junior Series finishing near the top of their groups.
A good start was made to the introduction of Wednesday morning social tennis for all grades with 7 playing. Play commences at 10am for two hours if anyone is interested.
The AgFlite award goes to the Bidgee Motor Inn team of Dan and Trish Jamieson in winning the delayed last seasons B Res final against the Foodworks team of Casey and Tamara Wade the score 6/4 6/5 with the Wade sisters getting the Foodworks award. The Crightons Rural Award goes to Ruby Stewart who played so well in the mens teams tennis having a 7/2 win for Auscott against the Hydes Plumbing team, sharing the award with Kyle Mitchell who had a good 4/1 4/3 win over Joseph Wilson in the singles competition.
Autumn Tennis Comps Commence
The Autumn tennis competitions to go for five weeks commence this week, with three grades formed for the Monday womens night.
The delayed C grade womens final match from last season was interrupted by rain with only one set completed with a 6/1 win to the HPS Gold team of Sue Murphy and Sherelle Shea against the HPS Red team. The players agreed to abandon the match.
There will be no competition play in June with the annual singles to commence from the 17th July.
Wednesday morning tennis is returning to the courts with anyone keen for a game to suit all standards are welcome. Session time will be 10am to noon for a $5 cost to commence this week from 3rd May.
A pleasant morning of junior activities in the two groups was held on Sunday morning with some good shots in the 10am session noted by Jack Booth and Dan Jamieson and a great tussle in their group was contested by Zoe Handford and Rachel Taylor. In the 11amsession some nice rallies were made by Lucy Shea, Michael Ashcroft and Navieen Singh.
There will be no Sunday morning play this coming Sunday the 7th May with the coaches unavailable and the Albury Tourney on. Activities will resume the following week with the program on the web. Players keen to participate in the Regional development day in Wagga on Saturday 27th May must register this week- Wagga will host a junior tourney on the 28th May.
A number of Hay players played the Young Tourney on the weekend with Jensen Hargreaves winning his group making it three out of three following his Griffith and Hay success. Hay also got three runners up in their groups Kenny Hargreaves, Sophie Curtis and Brad Callaghan.
The Crightons Rural and AgFlite awards this week go to the four women who braved the weather to complete one set in their delayed C grade final before being washed out-the players from these teams were Sue Murphy, Sherelle Shea, Kerri Mijok and Carol Oataway
The Foodworks award goes to Beth Schiller in organising Wednesday morning play back to the courts and hoping there will be a response with all players welcome.