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.