Plenty of Tennis coaching
Despite the tennis Club having a night competition winter break as well as a junior Sundays mornings break there are currently ample opportunities for private coaching by the Clubs four part-time coaches soon to be joined by former Hays Stuart Callaghan who is a full time coach.
Day Court hire has also been popular lately especially with some pleasant days for tennis.
Congratulations to the Hay Public School team of Sienna Lund, Larissa Sorenson, Jimmy Houston and Ben Clark for their top match last week in Hay against the talented Henty Public School team led by top Riverina player Hannah Male . Henty won the match 6 sets to 2 sets in a good pleasant and sportsmanship match being the semi final of the Riverina zone and will now play South Wagga Public School in the final.
Congratulations to Hays Immy Molloy performing very well in the strong Griffith Open on the long weekend . There are only two JDS (junior development tourneys left this year) – these being Temora and West Wyalong
The Foodworks weekly award goes to Hays public School team with manager Sarah Houston for their attitude and success. The Crightons Rural award goes to Immy Molloy for her Griffith success in the Australian Ranking events. The AgFlite award goes to Steve Longworth brilliantly managing a rain interrupted tourney with over 200 players coming from everywhere to play the very strong tourney , with Steve finishing the MIA Open at a good time needing to bend the rules to suit the occasion.
Tennis Winter Break
The Mens night competition final was conducted last week with the Hay Newsagency team of Warren Hunt and sub Xavier Molloy beating the O’Briens Fertilisers team of Bede Schiller and Tom Porter 6/3 6/3
The juniors singles competition also finished with Dan Jamieson 1st, Hilton Hargreaves 2nd, Navieen Singh 3rd and Jonty Woods 4th . Congratulations to all the players that participated throughout the season.
The Womens night tennis finals and playoff matches were abandoned due to the atrocious weather conditions with the four grade finals scheduled after the winter break.
Night Tennis will resume mid July as well as Sunday morning juniors
Lani hopes to run a coaching school during the holidays.
The Foodworks , Crightons Rural and Agflite awards this week go to Rubertos Winery and Foodworks themselves for their wonderful support in selling tickets for the wood raffle.
Competition Tennis Finals this week
Both the Mens and Womens competition finals and playoffs are scheduled this week before a winter break.
Last week the Monday night competition experienced its first cold night but still produced some high standard matches across all grades.
Despite the Hay Bowling and Golf Clubs loss to the Murphys Clothing team in A grade, the team still had enough points to qualify for the A grade final scheduled this week and will play AgFlite who had a good 6/5 6/3 win to edge out the Hay Jewellers team.
The Bidgee Bobcat and Demo team made the B grade final following its 6/4 6/4 win against the Lugsdin Toyota team and will play Pynors who had a bye.
In B Resgrade Elders reached the final getting the necessary points following its good win 6/2 6/5 against the Riverine Grazier team and now will battle out the final against the IGA team who beat the Meggs Grain handling team.
In C grade the Hydes Plumbing and Hills Corner Store team qualified for the final due to their positions on the ladder.
There was a general bye in last weeks mens night with all matches scheduled this week to commence at 6pm to finish before state of origin begins.
Another good roll up played Sunday morning tennis and will now break for 5 weeks winter break starting this week being the long weekend.
Annual membership forms were given to all competition players last week and those missed can obtain one on the web. An early settlement discount is again being offered with early monies received to help pay for the ever increasing annual insurance costs.
The AgFlite, and Crightons Rural Awards go to Bede Schiller and Sam Davies both volunteers for the wood raffle being drawn this weekend and for Sam organising the tennis shirts which are on sale from this week.
The Foodworks award goes to Brenda Foster from the Wagga Tennis Association who donated tennis apparel and equipment free of charge to any of the Hay players.
Night Tennis Near To Finals
Both the Women’s and Men’s competition nights will play their final round of the competition this week before all teams get one last match next week in either a play-off or finals match.
Last week’s round of the women’s competition was played in good temperature conditions with 10 matches held. In the combined A and B grade the Bidgee Bobcat and Demolition team had a 6/5 5/3 win against the Woodpark Poll when the match was concluded at the maximum one and a half hour time limit. Other winners in this grade were Hay Bowling and Golf Club, Hay jewellers and Wooloondool.
In the combined B Res and C grade the match between Elders and Megg’s Grain Handling was a 5/6 6/5 result also concluded at the maximum time limit with youngsters Hannah Jamieson and Charli Giddins going well partnering their mums. The Riverine Grazier and Slats Fireworks teams also had a 6/2 2/6 draw. Other winners were IGA, Cotton Wool Crema, Foodworks and Tapper Ag Services.
Good play on the night was made by the welcomed substitutes Verity Auldist and Richard Weymouth.
In Wednesday night play 5 matches were played and with the junior singles competition in play, all 7 courts were utilised.
The match of the night was played on court 11 with the Hay Newsagency maintaining their unbeaten ladder lead winning a top match 6/3 6/5 against the Jensen and Kenny Hargreaves Murphy’s Clothing team. Another entertaining win went to the Hills Corner Store team of Paula Comb and peter Davies who had a high standard 6/4 6/2 win against the Hay Bowling and Golf Club team. Mungadal and O’Briens Fertilisers were too strong for X Tra Shot and Elders while the Auscott team of Peter Lawrence and Scott Dixon had a 6/2 6/3 win over the Tapper Ag team
The junior singles winner for the night was Richard Weymouth and Navieen Singh runner up. Dan Jamieson leads the point score from Hilton Hargreaves and Jonty Woods. There will be no junior singles this week.
The club had another good year with a membership of 252 (last year 249) a great effort for this size town. Annual memberships will go out this week.
Sunday morning activities began at our new times with an attendance of 20 playe’s . It will be held again this week with no play the following week the Queen’s Birthday weekend followed by a five week winter break.
In the meantime plenty of private coaching on weekends and weekday’s after school is available by our four coaches with details on the web.
The Crighton’s Rural award this week goes to Doctor Joseph Etta working in town for the weekend and finding time to give our women’s champion Immy Molloy a good solid practice hit. Dr Joseph a good player resides in Melbourne and loves the Hay facilities. His daughter this week is a linesperson at the French Open
The Foodworks award goes to the great doubles tassle at mens night tennis between Jess Weeks, Zanda Haidy, Paula Comb and Peter Davies. The AgFlite award goes to Ritchie Weymouth making a welcoming return to the courtrs at both Monday and Wednesday play.
Night Tennis continues with close matches
The women’s competition had 11 matches contested across 4 grades with 9 matches very close.
The best in the combined A and B grade was the Wooloondool team comprising Kate Murphy and Teresa Mirabelli winning 6/5 6/5 against the Lugsdin Toyota team of Stacey and Harriet Lugsdin. The Pynors Accountants team of Kirsten Hutchings and eldest son Jack had a 6/4 6/4 win against the Bidgee Bobcat and Demo team. Other winners in this grade went to the Hay Bowling and Golf Club as well as Lani Houston Consultant teams.
The closest win in the B Res and C grade matches was the 6/3 5/6 win of Crightons Rural Engineering team of Issy Handford and Will Jamieson over Hydes Plumbing team of Emma Curtis and Warren Hunt. The other close one was the Japps Pharmacy team of Tilly and Jess Weeks winning 6/2 3/6 against the Cotton Wool Crema team. Other winners were Slats Fireworks Elder’s , Mungadal, Hills Corner Store and the Riverine Grazier.
Four matches were scheduled in the Wednesday night mens competition.
An unusual scoreline saw the O’Briens Fertilisers team of Bede Schiller and Tom Porter win 0/6 6/0 6/0 against the Hills Corner Store.
Hay Newsagency, Tapper Ag Services, and Hay Jewellers were the other winners.
It’s that time of the year when the Annual sponsorship packages letter is being issued for the 2019/20 year. Other than the regular sponsors which are very much appreciated supporting Hay Tennis, if anyone else is interested can contact the Club.
Anthony Slattery requires confirmation of men and women players who wish to play for Hay in the annual intertown gala day in Griffith in June. This was a success last year with towns from around the area fielding teams for the day.
Junior tennis will begin on Sunday at the new session times of 10am and 11am . Friday afternoon tennis practice has now finished with players invited to attend Sunday’s activities.
The AgFlite , Crightons Rural and Foodworks awards this week go to night tennis good play to Kate Murphy, Teresa Mirabelli, Issy Handford and Will Jamieson
Tennis Competitions half –way mark
Competitions for both men and women nights, continue with good close results.
Monday Women saw 8 matches this round played across all grades with this group now containing 26 teams quiet a good number for this time of year. Sam Davies made a welcome return to A grade tennis when partnering Jess Weeks in the Hay Bowling and Golf Club team to have a good first set win over the Wooloondool team of Teresa Mirabelli and Kate Murphy but then won a tough 6/5 second set. Other winners in this grade went to Murphy’s Clothing Co and AgFlite.
The Hay Newsagency team of Anna Lilburne and Sue Parslow avenged their defeat in the last competition this time to beat the IGA team of Kirsten Hutchings and young son Max the score being 6/4 6/3. Other winners in this grade went to Elders, Cotton Wool Crema, Slats Fireworks and Auscott.
The mens competition is up and running with an entry of 13 teams as well as a junior singles competition ( to include an adult). This will utilise all courts. Only three matches were played last week all very close with winners being O,Briens Fertilisers, Slats Fireworks and Auscott.
In the early red ball / orange ball mini nets Sunday Morning group Grant Dwyer and Ryan Clark were hitting some nice shots, while Kai Smith, Makenzie Weeks and Aston Green won some good points.
Some of the coaches are away this coming Sunday 19th May so there will be no play, and the following week we will start at our new times of 10am and 11am sessions
There will be another practice session for all competition players on Friday 17th at 4pm to 5pm
The Foodworks weekly award goes to Lani Houston and Anthony Slattery for their parts played in the establishment of the fabulous looking BBq Shelter built by Peter Dwyer. Lani was the instigator in this project obtaining grant assistance provided by The Riverina Waste Group.
The Agflite award goes to Sienna Lund who following up her great play in the Hay Juniors tourney last week, obtained a good Monday night womens result with her mum Lisa, and Sienna was part of the HPS teams top win last week over Griffith East Public School . Other members of Hays team are Ben Clark, Larissa Sorenson and Jimmy Houston and will now play a semi final against the Henty Public School
The Crightons Rural award goes to High School students Hannah Stewart and Olivia Joyce part of the High School girls team and despite not having played for 12 months put in a brilliant effort for their team to win two matches but lose the South-Western cluster final to Barham HS. The Boys team also did well but narrowly lost also the final to the talented Finley HS team sets even but going down on games.
Junior Tennis Tourney Success
Hay held its annual junior development tourney on Sunday with perfect weather and atmosphere. It was fantastic having so many enthusiastic volunteers both on and off the courts to help make the day very successful.
Hay players winners for the day were 16s Kenny Hargreaves, 14s Jensen Hargreaves and Sophie Curtis, 14s B group Danny Stewart,,12s Ben Clark, 10s Dan Jamieson and Tilly Weeks
Runners up were 12s Jonty Woods, 12s B group Sienna Lund, 10s Hilton Hargreaves and Charli Giddins 8s Alex Giddins
But well done to all the Hay players many competing in their first tourney.
The next development tourney is in Tumut on Sunday 19th
Great starts were made to our new night competitions to run for 5 weeks. The women’s now have 24 teams competing with many parent / child combinations while the Wednesday men’s have 12 teams and hopefully a weekly junior singles competition which was popular last week utilising the spare courts on the Wednesday night.
The closest of the Monday nights round was in the A/B grade group with a 6/3 3/6 draw between the Murphy’s Clothing Company team of Anne McNally and Jan Zambon and the Lani Houston Consultant team.
Four solid wins were recorded in the Mens night competition going to Hills Corner Store, Hay Jewellers, Murphy’s Clothing and Hay Newsagency.while 5 juniors played a great round robin tourney.
The AgFlite award goes to Bede Schiller who has done a great job in organising a wood raffle to be drawn in June.
The Foodworks and Crighton’s Rural awards go to all the 27 Hay juniors who participated at this years junior tourney on Sunday all displaying great sportsmanship.
Junior Tennis Tournament Sunday
Hay will host its annual junior series development tournament on this weekend Sunday 6th May .
Play commences at 8.30 and depending on entries should conclude between 1pm and 2pm. Already 22 hay youngsters have indicated they are playing with another 10 to 15 possible entries. At this stage very few visitors have entered, however overall a much better entry than last year’s tourney which was scheduled in July and was cancelled due to lack of numbers. Entries close Wednesday.
Another practice session will be held on Friday again between 4pm and 5pm.On Sunday the canteen will be operating and slice donations to Jess will be very much appreciated. Parents and friends are invited to come and watch with age groups being contested in 8s,10s, 12s, 14s, and 16s.
Congratulations to the Hay Public School teachers involved, again entering a tennis team in the Riverina school’s knockout competition with the Hay team of two boys and two girls receiving a first round bye to now play Griffith East who beat Rankins Springs. Well done to Lani who has been practicing with the team.
A good number participated in the two Sunday morning sessions of Junior activities with Ryan Clark and Dallas Giddin’s looking good in the first group and Jack Booth, Makenzie Weeks and Jonty Woods getting good scores in the second session.
Both the Women’s and Men’s night competitions get underway this week with the women’s night getting 23 team entries across all grades – a good number for this time of year.
The AgFlite award goes to Steve Longworth for his brilliant running of the Shepparton Easter Tourney involving 440 players and finishing the tourney on time despite some rain setbacks.
The Foodworks and Crighton’s Rural Awards go to Jensen Hargreaves and Navieen Singh being a big help in organising and playing in last Fridays junior practice.
New Night Tennis Competitions to Commence
Entries for the new Monday and Wednesday night tennis competitions close this week to commence Monday 29th April and Wednesday 1st May
Names received are listed on the web with players to check that they havn’t been missed. Draws hopefully will be shown the day before match date.
The annual Hay junior tourney will be held on Sunday May 5th, with our first practice session for orange, green and normal ball practice commencing this week Friday 26th April at 4pm.
Sunday Morning resumes this weekend Sun 28th at the 9am and 10 am sessions
A committee meeting will be held on Friday at 5pm immediately following junior tennis , to prepare for the annual junior tourney and discuss other matters.
Australia has won its 2019 semi- final against Belarus in the Women’s Fed.Cup competition again with over 100 countries competing this year and will now play France or Romania currently contesting the other semi. It’s been 45 years since Australia won the title in 1974 against the USA. The final will be in Australia with the venue to be decided. Hays Immy Molloy is a Fed Cup Foundation member and she will be one of the first to know the venue and ticket information. Immy gets the Foodworks award this week for her performances at the Deniliquin Easter Tourney.
Kenny Hargreaves brought home a magnificent trophy for his performances at the strong Albury Rex Hartwig Tourney to win the AgFlite award and Warren Hunt gets the Crighton’s Rural Award for his hours of work on the courts and surrounds last week.
Nice Finish to tennis Finals – New comps starting soon
All finals were completed last week.
Monday night womens competition in four grades started off in C grade with the top of the ladder IGA team of Kirsten Hutchings playing with her youngest son Max continuing their unbeaten run beating the Hay Newsagency team of Anna Lilburne and Sue Parslow 6/2 6/3.
The next final completed was the B Reserve with the Bidgee Bobcat and Demo team of Indyanna Wilson and Lani Houston with long rallies having a 6/1 6/2 win against the Cotton Wool Crema team of Sarah and Wendy Lindsay
In B grade the Murphys Clothing team of Anna McNally and Jan Zambon avenged their earlier loss this time to beat the Lugsdin Toyota team of Harriet and Annabelle Lugsdin who was subbing for mum Stacey.
The Closest final of the night was in A grade when after sets were tied at 6/3 3/6 the tie breaker decider was played and won by the Hay Bowling and Golf Club side of Jess Weeks and Julie Lawrence 7 points to 5 against the Hay Jewellers mother and son team of Trish and Dan Jamieson
The Mens held their two grade finals with the defending champions Wyvern ( Scott Dixon and Peter Lawrence ) too good for Hay Fish Shop (Alex Haidy and Andrew Davies ) in the A grade final winning 6/1 6/1 while in B grade the Anthony Hyde Plumbing team of Russell and Ryan Curtis were too good on this occasion winning 6/2 6/4 against the X-Tra Shot team of Jacqui and Hilton Hargreaves
Entries are now being taken for new competitions to commence immediately after the school holidays on 29th April and 1st May to run for 4 or 5 weeks. Entries received to date are listed on the web.
The 2018 under 11 yrs titles were finally completed with Tilly Weeks beating Charli Giddins 6/3 in a good girls match and Dan Jamieson winning a brilliant final against Hilton Hargreaves 6/4 in the boys.
There weren’t many at Sunday morning activities with Jorja Townsend best of the 9am group and Kai Smith and Tilly Weeks playing very well in the 10am group.
There will be no Sunday morning or Friday practice this week, resuming the following week.
Deniliquin our closest neighbours are holding their annual tourney over Easter , while the ICPA are holding their annual day on Easter Saturday.
Anyone requiring the new design club tennis shirts is asked to contact Sam Davies.
Our new PA system is up and running and the new bbq shelter looks good with Anthony Slattery planning further works.
The AgFlite Award goes to former Club Champion Peter Dwyer who has spent hours above his contracted time not only on the BBq shelter but a number of other works that needed attention.
The Crightons Rural awards go to all the night competition winners while the Foodworks award goes to Dan Jamieson, Tilly Weeks and Hilton Hargreaves for their night comp teams finals play, their Under 11 tourney play and Sunday Morning juniors activities play.
Hay Players dominate Griffith Junior Tourney
A contingent of fifteen Hay junior players had its best Hay success ever at the annual Griffith Junior Tourney on Sunday comprising 45 players. Alex Giddins was runner up in the combined boys and girls 8yrs orange ball mini court group to a West Wyalong youngster. Prince Patel was a runner up in a special 9yrs boys /girls group. Dan Jamieson beat Hilton Hargreaves in the final after Hilton had finished on top in the early rounds in the boys 10s division, while the Wagga girls dominated the girls 10s. Jimmy Houston played his first tourney for some years and played top tennis to be runner up in the boys 12s.
Jensen Hargreaves played sensible good tactical tennis to come from behind to beat Griffiths Digby Patterson in the boys 14s while Sophie Curtis won against strong opposition in the girls 14s
Kenny Hargreaves was in devastating form to win the 16s boys. Congratulations to all the other players some playing their first tourney.
This week we will finally complete our (2018) under 11s singles with matches being played for nominated seeded players on Monday and Wednesday nights in conjunction with night competitions. Anyone missed to advise Tony now.
Junior Sunday morning tennis will be back on this weekend Sunday 14, but not Easter Sunday.
There will be no Friday arvo practice this week 12th April.
The Monday night womens competition has its four grades finals and play offs scheduled this week. In A grade the Hay Jewellers made the final following its 6/4 6/4 win over the Lani Houston Consultant team. B and B Res will see the top two ladder teams in each grade compete with no changes in the positions after last weeks round. Hay Newsagency advanced to the C grade final with its good 6/4 6/3 win against Hay Motors
The Wednesday night competition brought another good night of atmosphere and competitive tennis with the Hay Fish Shop making the final with a 5/6 6/3 win against Foodworks. Wyvern also made the final with its win over Wooloondool
Jimmy Houston takes out the Foodworks award playing the 12s boys in Griffith with the biggest number of entries received in this group with Jimmy being runner up.
The AgFlite and Crightons Rural Award go to the remaining competitors at Griffith all playing fabulous gutsy tennis- Jonty Woods, Archie Houston, Dillon and Daniel Green, Tilly Weeks, Charli Giddins and Hannah Jamieson.
Night Tennis coming up to Finals
The Monday and Wednesday night competitions will hold their last rounds this week with the finals scheduled the following week. Another competition will commence immediately following the school holidays. The competition ladders are outlined on the Tennis Club web.
The Hay Bowling and Golf Club has secured an A grade womens finals spot following its win last week against the Hay Jewellers 6/3 6/3. In B grade it appears to be a Lugsdin Toyota versus Murphys Clothing Store final regardless what happens this week. The Bidgee Bobcat and Demo team has definitely made the B Res final. In C grade with 8 teams competing the IGA team has reached the final with the other finalist being contended by Tapper Ag Landmark, Hay Newsagency , Hay Motors and Japps Pharmacy. Entries are now being accepted for the next comp.
The mens night successfully continues with Warren doing a great job in organising these nights. Two of the matches in the B grade section entailed singles as well as a doubles set. Well done to those teams who gained points O’Briens Fertilisers, X Tra Shot, and Anthony Hyde Plumbing. A grade winners were Foodworks, Hay Fish Shop, Wooloondool , Wyvern, Elders and Slats Fireworks.
The annual Griffith Junior Tourney is on this coming Sunday April 7 with the following players indicating they will be playing with car transport leaving at 6.30 am for an 8.15am arrival at the Griffith courts. Events are from 8yrs upwards. Nominations received Dillon and Daniel Green, Alex and Charli Giddins, Tilly Weeks, Hannah and Dan Jamieson, Jonty Woods, Navieen Singh, Sophie Curtis and Brad Callaghan. Confirmation from all other players must be received by Wednesday morning so Tony can submit all entries together to the organiser.
Another practice session for players playing the Griffith or the forthcoming May Hay tourney will be held on Friday 5th April at 6pm to 7.30
There will be no local tennis on Sunday Morning but will be held on April 14. Jorja Townsend in the 9am session and Kai Smith for the 10am session hit some nice shots on the weekend.
The AgFlite , Foodworks and Crightons awards this week all go to the Aussie Ashley Barty for her title win at the new look Miami Open tournament this past fortnight held at the Hardrock Miami Dolphins football stadium converted into a magnificent tennis complex in and around the stadium. All the worlds top players competed with Ash Barty moving into top 10 world rankings the first Aussie for some years to do this. Her two year break from tennis to play for the Brisbane Heat Cricket team has paid off, giving her renewable energy.
Griffith Junior Tourney Preparations
The Annual Griffith Junior Development Tourney is set down for Sunday April 7th with preparations, practice and keenness well in hand following the Hay players participation and success at last year’s tourney.
Events are - 8yrs orange ball three quarter court, 10yrs green ball, and 12s, 14s, and 16yrs normal ball. Another practice session will be held on Friday the times now being 6pm to 7.30 pm where entries and transport either by car or bus hopefully will be finalised.
The Hay annual junior tourney this year is set down for Sunday May 5th.
The unpredictable weather and shortage of coaches saw Sunday morning activities called off. Sundays timetable of dates are available on the web with play scheduled 31/3/19
Another top night for both Monday and Wednesday competitions was experienced socially and competitively in last week’s play.
The keenness was truly evident in Wednesday night tennis when a bye team still turned up for practice and the four matches scheduled were all one set apiece with the winners being settled by total games won. Slats Fireworks beat the previous unbeaten Wooloondool 6/1 5/6 . Wyvern with Peter Head subbing for Scott Dixon won 5/6 6/1 . The Hills Corner Store team new combination of Lani Houston and Mark O’Brien won a 6/4 5/6 win over the Tapper Ag Landmark while the Lugsdin Toyota team had a good win against the IGA team also a 5/6 6/1 win.
The Monday night competition produced two draws both in C grade with the Japps Pharmacy team of Karen Nisbet and Telesa Cooper drawing 6/3 3/6 against the Hay Newsagency team of Anna LIlburne and Sue Parslow and the O’Briens Fertilisers team of Issy Handford and Wil Jamieson drawing 5/6 6/5 against the Tapper Ag Landmark . A grade winners were Hay Jewellers and Hay Bowling and Golf Club. The closest of the other matches was the 5/6 6/2 win of Bidgee Bobcat and Demo over Pynors Accountants.
Lani Houston takes out the Foodworks awrd for her good play in both her Monday matches as well as her Wednesday play and Friday juniors practice organising.
The AgFlite and Crightons Rural awards to Peter Lawrence and Peter Head combining very well in their good win on Wednesday.
Junior Tennis Very Keen
The Sunday Morning junior activities are getting into full swing now into its fourth week. Twelve youngsters future tennis champs enjoyed the red ball activities in the 9am session while the 10am session played green ball competitive points the majority practicing for the Griffith junior tournament for 7th April . Further practice for this tournament will be held Friday 22nd March at 7 pm.
Wednesday mens comp winners were Anthony Hydes plumbing, Foodworks, Wooloondool and Wyvern . Navieen Singh made a welcome and successful return to the courts. The Hay Fish Shop unbeaten run came to an end when it was narrowly downed to Warren Hunts Auscott 6/5
Ten matches were played in last weeks round of the womens competition. Two matches were very close with a 4 points to 3 points result. The First was the Cotton Wool Crema Sarah and Wendy Lindsay winning against IGA Kirsten and Max Hutchings and the other was Auscotts Karen Martin and Lyla Quinn against Japps Pharmacy Karen NIsbet and Telesa Cooper.
Grade leaders at this stage—A grade-Hay Bowling and Golf Club, Bgrade- Lugsdin Toyota, BRes – Bidgee Bobcat and Demolition and C grade – Hay Motors.
An intertown carnival to be held in Griffith is being planned for Sunday 23rd June with a number of towns including Hay involved. Any male or female who wishes to play should contact Anthony Slattery.
The ICPA day this year is planned for Easter Saturday 20th April.
The AgFlite award this week goes to Tilly Weeks who played top tennis in the Monday Womens comp last week and followed up good play at Sunday morning juniors. The Foodworks and Crightons Rural Awards go to Stacey and Harriet Lugsdin after losing the opening set 6/2 in last weeks competition to Murphys Clothing came home to win the second set and match 6/1
11 March Night tennis competitions proceeding well
Night Competitions ended up with an entry total of 36 (women 21, men 15) and continue with good standard and good atmosphere across all grades.
The closest of the women’s matches was the Murphy’s Clothing Store of Jan Zambon and Anne McNally coming from behind after losing the first set 5/6 to the Wooloondool team of Teresa Mirabelli and Karinda Deaton to come home in the second set with a 6/1. In C grade the Hay Newsagency team of Anna Lilburne and Sue Parslow had a close 6/4 6/3 win against the Auscott team of Lyla Quinn and Karen Martin
Five of the seven matches scheduled for Wednesday night men’s tennis were so close in their results. The Hydes Plumbing team of Russell and Ryan Curtis drew 4/6 6/4 with Hilton Hargreaves X Tra Shot team. The Hills Corner Store team had a 5/6 6/4 win against O’Brien’s Fertilisers team. The men’s competition has the choice of changing partners after the first set if teams agree. Other narrow results were Slats Fireworks 6/4 6/5 over Tapper Ag. Also a similar score Wooloondool over AgFlite.
A slight increase in attendance at Sunday morning activities kept the coaches on their toes. Pypa Foggo, Hannah Jamieson and Dillon Green were hitting some nice shots in the 9am session with a good group of 4 playing with normal ball in the 10am group with others involved with orange and green ball
Sunday Morning will continue each week at the current times. On Sunday April 7th there will be no tennis due to the Griffith junior tourney with any player interested in playing to contact Tony ( a bus may be organised if entries are sufficient) Events commence from 8yrs orange ball 10 yrs green ball 12s ,14s, and 16s with normal balls. Practice squads will be formed for those who will play Griffith. Hays junior tourney is the 5th May
The Crighton’s Rural Award goes to President Warren Hunt who performs so much behind the scenes work as well as playing both Monday and Wednesday night competitions supporting the juniors.
The Foodworks award goes to Dan Jamieson who played very well at the Monday Night competition as well at Sunday morning junior activities. The AgFlite award goes to Mark O’Brien making a welcome return back to Hay and still playing good tennis.
Jensen Hargreaves and Sophie Curtis both to play the State 12s teams event in Bathurst
Hay again this year has gained two of its juniors selected to play for the 12s years South West NSW team to compete at the State Titles involving all NSW Country and City Regions.
For Jensen this is his third consecutive year being selected in the 4 boy team playing for the Tony Roche Cup and again this year he is the number one boy. This state carnival certainly is great experience and mature building for the players. For Sophie she has been selected as the number two player behind Emily Saeki of Wagga.
An excellent start was made to the Monday night women’s competition in the four grades with all seven courts in use and starting play on time. Most matches were close and competitive with maybe a few teams grading to be checked. Three matches were one set each with the winners on games being Lani Houston Consultant with Kate Murphy going well, Cotton Wool Crema with mum and daughter Wendy and Sarah Lindsay prevailing over the Riverine Grazier and Tapper Ag Landmark narrowly winning against newcomers Talisa Cooper and Karen Nisbet for Japps Pharmacy.
Four matches were contested on Wednesday night with all close results winners being Foodworks, Auscott, Lugsdin Toyota and Wooloondool.
Another good roll up on Sunday morning activities with over 20 playing in the two sessions. Thanks to the fill-in coaches who put the players through their paces. Dallas Giddins was hitting some nice shots in the first session., while Makenzie Weeks and Cree Harris were producing good rallies in the second session.
The Crightons Rural Award and Foodworks Awards this week go to Jensen Hargreaves and Sophie Curtis for their Regional Selections to compete in the state teams carnival. The AgFlite award goes to Makenzie Weeks who performed well at both Monday night Tennis and Sunday Morning junior activities.
Hay Tennis 2019 Begins
Tennis 2019 commenced in Hay with the start of the Wednesday Night men’s competition and Sunday morning junior activities
Thirteen teams have entered the Wednesday night men’s competition with three matches played last week. The Hay Fish Shop team with Alex Haidy partnering Andrew Davies had a very good win over the experienced TapperAg Landmark combination of Shane Mc Gufficke and Darren Tapper the score being 6/3 6/5. The Wooloondool team comprising Nick Maynard and Geoff Chapman made a welcome return to the courts with a top win over the Lugsdin Toyota team of Tom Lugsdin and Stephen Sharp 6/4 6/4. The third match scheduled on the night saw Peter Heads Elders team winning 6/5 against AgFlite with the second set played with partners swapping.
Twenty teams in 4 grades will play the Monday night womens competition commencing this week. Last week was called off due to the unpleasant weather conditions.
Just on 20 players commenced our Sunday morning activities in two sessions. The 9am session entailed youngsters from kindergarten upwards some playing their first tennis and were well handled by the three coaches Lani Houston, Immy Molloy and Kenny Hargreaves who were organising red ball activities on the mini courts as well as fun games. Brothers Billy and Harry Houston were nicely contacting the ball while sisters Gemma and Jorja Townsend were enjoying their first tennis. The second session enthusiastic group was split into green and orange ball competition. Well done to Jonty Woods, Ashton Green and Charli Giddins good results while the orange ball competition produced some brilliant rallies with Prince Patel prevailing.
Griffith will hold its Junior Development tourney on 7th April and Hay 5th May
The Foodworks award this week goes to Alex Haidy for his great play in Wednesday night tennis, The AgFlite award to Samantha Davies organising the new Club shirts and to Anthony Slattery the Crightons Rural Award for commencing early negotiations for annual sponsorships.
Monday women’s tennis delay one week
With another scorcher predicted on the Monday , the women’s tennis night competition has been delayed one week to commence now on Monday 25th Feb.
Nineteen teams had been received at the closing date however the entry deadline can now be extended to Thursday.
The Wednesday night men’s competition will still commence Wed 20th promising to be a much better temperature day.
Although unable to successfully defend their title or runner up positions from last years success , nevertheless the two Hay teams put in top performances for the weeks play at Shepparton, winning more matches than losses narrowly missing finals. Shane Mc Gufficke and Scott Dixon made their debuts this year. Of course the highlight of the weeks social activities was Anthony Slatterys Fireworks. Already plans are underway to field teams for the 2020 titles to be held in Wodonga.
Congratulations to the Hay Public Schools Jimmy Houston who won through his prequalification section in Deniliquin last week to now attend the final Riverina selection trials coming up in Griffith.
Congratulations to the seven players who played the annual Wagga Junior Development Tourney on Sunday with five of them playing their first Orange, green or normal balls tournament. Well done to Sophie Curtis and Brad Callaghan taking out the 14s
Tilly Weeks played exceptional in her first green ball tourney to reach the semi finals with Charli Giddins narrowly missing a semi position on a play-off in this age group. However Alex Giddins surprised all from being promoted from Sunday Mornings Hays red ball group to play the Wagga Orange ball group coming in 4th spot.
Hays Sunday morning 2019 activities commences this Sunday 24th at 9am with mini nets and red ball and 10am for the older advanced players.
Kenny Hargreaves will now join the other current coaches who do private junior and senior lessons. All details including phone nos. are on the clubs website junior section advising coaching fees plus court hire fees
Night Tennis Commences from Feb 18th
Entries for the forthcoming night competitions for both the Monday night womens and Wednesday night mens will close shortly with all details on the clubs website. Women will commence on Feb 18 and men start on Feb 20. Players should check the names received and advise Tony if you have been missed.
Good luck to the two mens teams competing in the Victorian Country Titles this week.
Our Junior weekend activities will be now played on Sundays for 2019 with our first morning being Feb 24th Feb.
For the time being our first session will be held from 9am to 10am and this will be for youngsters from Kindergarten (at least 5 years of age)up to school year 3 or yr 4 using red ball , mini nets and being taught basic skills. The second session is for the more advanced usually from Year 3 or 4 up to High School to play orange ball or green ball. Competitions will also be held in this session.
Wagga will host its junior development tourney this coming Sunday 17th Feb with a number of Hay players keen to play. Events are from 8yrs orange ball up to 16yrs. Entries have to be in by Tuesday so transport and accommodation will need to be sorted out immediately so any further entries, interest or clarification need to be to Tony now.
Hay defends its title at Country Tennis
The 2019 Victorian Country Tennis carnival will be hosted at Shepparton and Mooroopna this year hosting 1500 players playing on 100 permanent grass courts and neighbouring football ovals and played over 5 days from 11-15th Feb.
Hay will again field two mens teams – Hay Wanderers defending their grade C1 title winning this division last year for the first time. The other team Hay Barbarians will again play the C3 group where they were runners up last year.
Players competing this year include our recent club champions in Scott Dixon and Anthony Slattery as well as Greg Stewart, Shane McGufficke and Damon Slattery with Zac Slattery playing his first carnival. Former Hay club champion Andrew Cronin as well as Mark Hutchings will join the team. The Hay teams will also add Wagga players Matt Hort, Chris Kendall and Brad Davis to the squad.
Anthony Slattery will be doing a fireworks display on the opening night , shooting over Lake Victoria in the centre of Shepparton.
The night competitions will commence from Monday 18Feb for women and 20th Feb for men . Entries received to date will be detailed on the web this week
Good luck to Ryan Curtis selected in the Wilcannia Forbes Dio. team competing in the Polding championships in Lismore this week.
Night tennis competition entries open
Entries either individually or with a partner are now being taken for the forthcoming night competitions.
Women will continue to be played Monday nights and Men Wednesday nights in various grades.
Juniors of a sufficient standard are encouraged to play especially partnering an adult male or female making the rules very flexible.
At this stage the competition is expected to commence in a few weeks when the weather is more pleasant.
Tennis Coaching Clinic-Open Day
The rescheduled Junior Coaching Clinic will be held Thursday Morning this week the 24th January with registrations needing to be in by noon 22nd June to Lani or Immy . The full details are advised on the website – “juniors –other activitie’s” section. Up to date info will be advised by facebook.
In the afternoon/ evening the Hay Club will hold its free Open Day depending on weather temperatures commencing at 5pm and finishing around 8pm. To capitalise on the world’s best playing in Melbourne, Tennis NSW has over 50 centres conducting an open season day this forthnight during the period of the Australian Open. It’s a family fun byo picnic and set up in lovely grounds with a canteen having snacks and refreshments to purchase. Matches and Hot Shots Activities for kids with Lani Houston coordinating the evening. The air conditioned clubhouse will have the AO tennis on tv
Entries for the forthcoming men’s and women’s competitions to commence in February in various grades are now being taken.
Tennis Open Day
Hay plans to have an Open Day on Thursday 24th January with a junior clinic in the morning followed by tennis activities in the late afternoon/evening. This will be dependent on weather temperatures.
Hay will be part of the Tennis NSW Open Season when all venues across the state will open their facilities free on their selected day in January. All are welcome with BYO picnic with the canteen operating. Activities for juniors will be organised. Lani Houston is co- ordinating the event in conjunction with Tennis NSW rep Brendan Lee.
In the meantime the world’s best will battle it out in Melbourne with Lani and Immy Molloy also attending the Australian Tennis coaches conference there. They will learn all the latest coaching developments and techniques.
Mixed Doubles and AGM wind up 2018 tennis activities
2018 finished on a good note with a wonderful mixed doubles tournament following a successful Annual General Meeting which saw Warren Hunt return as President.
Warren then teamed up to win the mixed 2018 club doubles partnering Lani Houston to beat Tom Lugsdin and Immy Molloy in the final 7/3. Earlier Lugsdin and Molloy had a tough 7/5 win against Heidi Stephens and Dylan Lund. The main consolation final was won by Paula Comb and Peter Davies 7/6 against Jacqui and Jensen Hargreaves. The B grade consolation final was by Lucinda Williamson and Russel Curtis 7/4 over Stephen Sharp and Liam Woods.
The AGM gained two new committee members for this year with Anthony Slattery returning and new member Jensen Hargreaves. The meeting heard there were 249 members for the last financial year a decrease of 20 from the previous year with good number participation in night tennis competitions. The Club has nearly paid off its loan to Hay Shire Council with only a $3000 balance remaining.
Last weeks two day clinic was cancelled due to the current heatwave.
Tennis NSW hopes to hold a clinic in conjunction with local coaches for the 24th January in the morning followed by an opening day function in the afternoon. This could be dependent on weather temperatures with Lani Houston currently co-ordinating with Wagga Tennis NSW Rep Brendan Lee
The first junior Development tourney for the year is being held at Henty on 3rd February with 12 tourneys listed for 2019. Hay is scheduled for the 5th May and Griffith the 7th April .
Deniliquin Leeton and Narrandera are again not listed for 2019 with all other tourney venues requiring an overnighter for preparation and safe travel.
Some copies are still available for the 2019 Tennis Club Community Calendar. The binding on this year’s design looks very good.
Junior Tennis Clinic Postponed
The junior tennis clinic scheduled this week for Thurs 3rd and Friday 4th has been cancelled due to the current heatwave.
Depending on the weather Lani will look at another date later in January.
In the meantime keep watching the tennis with the Hopman Cup and Brisbane International currently being played. The Sydney International will commence next week followed by the Australian Open Grand Slam the following two weeks.
Good luck to Jensen Hargreaves playing the very strong Shepparton tourney again this year being expertly managed by Hays Steve Longworth.
Annual Tennis Mixed and AGM Thursday
This year the annual mixed competition in various grades which includes the club championship grade will be held on a Thursday the 20th December. The Annual General Meeting will also be held on the same night commencing at 5.45pm followed by the tennis at 6.45pm.
Mixed matches will be one set matches,first to six or seven games depending if you will play two or three matches in the group. Entries received as of last week are detailed on the web (go to the competitions –mixed section) Entries close with Tony on Wednesday with the draw being made.
A marvellous finale night of tennis was held with two high standard finals a top bbq provided thanks to Peter Head and Elders with play on all seven courts necessary before the rain came.
The A/B grade final saw Glen Claridge ( subbing for Scott Dixon) to partner Peter Lawrence for the Hay Bowling and Golf Club team to defeat the NRMA team of Warren Hunt partnering Immy Molloy (subbing for Brad Callaghan) the score being 7/5. The B Res also played a high standard match with the Crighton’s Engineering team of Russell and Ryan Curtis beating AgFlites Jacqui and Hilton Hargreaves 7/4. There were a number of playoff matches with wins to Wooloondool, Bidgee Bobcat and Demo, TapperAg Landmark, Bindari and Benduck.
Congratulations again to the Riverine Grazier for good and fair coverage to all despite difficulties each week in producing its newspaper with Hay lucky to have its own paper.
The 2019 Calendars should be available this week and can be collected free of charge from its advertisers.
Lani will run a tennis camp on 3rd and 4th January with details appearing on the web this week. In the meantime private coaching is available for members with coaches , phone numbers and fees also outlined on the clubs website
The AgFlite award goes to Glen Claridge coming into Hay Tennis for the first time to sub in the A grade final and having a win. The Foodworks award goes to Jimmy Houston coming in as a sub replacing an injured player and also having a win for Benduck. The Crighton’s award goes again this year to the The Riverine Grazier for its wonderful coverage of sport.
Night Tennis Competitions
The Monday Night Women’s competition was completed with the four grades finals held as well as play-off matches. The Men’s competition will conclude this week, while the annual mixed competition in various grades is scheduled for Thurs 20th Dec the same night as the AGM.
Four well contested women’s tennis finals with 5 playoff matches were played to mark the end of a successful womens competition 2018 year. It went down to a tiebreaker decider in A grade when the Murphys Clothing Store team of Kate Murphy and Harriet Lugsdin came from behind to beat the Lani Houston Consulting team of Lani Houston and Sophie Curtis 2/6 6/3 and tiebreaker (7/4).
(B) grade also went to a tiebreaker when the TapperAg Landmark team of Cas Tidey partnering Karinda Deaton who was substituting for Ruby Barnes beat the Woodpark Poll team of Lisa Headon and Carol Huggins in a great match the score being 6/3 4/6 and tiebreaker 8/6. The (B) Res final saw the Riverine Grazier team of Margie McClelland and Tertia Butcher reverse their first round loss this time to beat the Hay Newsagency team of Anna Lilburne and Sue Parslow 6/1 6/2 .
The (C) grade final was also closely contested with the Hay Bowling and Golf Club team of Tilly and Jess Weeks beating the Crighton’s team of Kim and Ryan Curtis 6/3 6/5.
Winners of the playoff matches were O’Briens Fertilisers, Wooloondool , All Travel Solutions and Harrisons IGA while the match between Cotton Wool Crema and Hills Corner Store was a 3/6 6/3 draw.
The closest match in last weeks play was the Anthony Slattery Fireworks team of Peter Head and Anthony Slattery winning 7/5 against the combined Hay Shire and 92 Computing team of Greg Stewart and Anthony Slattery. All B Res grade teams received a bye last week with this week finals and playoffs scheduled.
There will be no Saturday junior tennis this weekend as our coaches are away playing the strong Bronze level Open and Junior Tourney at Bendigo. Our final Saturday juniors for the year will be held the following Saturday.
Lani will conduct a coaching school over the holidays on the mornings of 3rd and 4th January
Congratulations to all the women’s competition winners who this week get the Foodworks, Crightons Engineering and AgFlite Awards.
Change of Tennis Dates
Whilst the Womens Monday nights and Mens finals nights will proceed as scheduled, there will be a change to the planned timetable of the Annual Mixed, the Annual General Meeting and junior singles championships.
There were some fabulous matches played in the final round of matches last week. In A grade the Lani Houston Consulting team edged out the Hay Jewellers Trish and Dan Jamieson for a finals spot with a 6/4 5/6 win. In B grade Tapper Ag snuck into the final with its 6/4 6/4 win against the Japps Pharmacy team of Jacqui and Hilton Hargreaves. Meggs Grain Fertilisers and O, Briens Fertilisers narrowly missed a finals berth. The B Res and C grade finals are also scheduled this week with the full draw and results on the web. There are 4 finals together with some play off matches listed.
Nine competitive and enjoyable matches were played last week with the final round of Wednesday play still scheduled for the 12th December. The closest match last week was in the top grade when the Wyvern team of Rob Lindon and Alex Downs beat the Benduck team of Rowan Houston and Simon Booth 7/6 6/5
The annual mixed competition will now be held on the night of the Thursday 20th December when the Annual General Meeting will also now be held. Already three entries have been received where two grades will be formed.
Due to our busy program the annual 10s, 12s, 15s, and 18s singles matches will now be played at the start of tennis activities in February 2019.
Saturday morning participation awards went to Wil Sloan, Cree Harris and Henry Porter while the comp winner was Ollie Liddington-Dennehy. There will be no Saturday morning tennis for the next two weeks resuming on 22nd Dec which will entail our Christmas break up party.
Well done to Kenny and Jensen Hargreaves who participated in the NSW state junior development series finals in Sydney on the weekend. The boys qualified by finishing in their age groups top three positions in the South West NSW region of Junior Development tourneys held throughout the year. They both had some great singles and doubles matches.
Team Entries close soon for The 2019 Victorian Country Championships the venue to be Shepparton / Mooroopna in February. Hay hopes to again field two mens teams as well as a womens team this time.
The Foodworks, AgFlite and Crightons Rural awards this week go to some nice shots at Saturday morning tennis by Kodi Scott, Abbey Liddington-Dennehy, Skye Cannon and Jessica Tapper.
Annual Tennis Mixed date set
The annual mixed night has been set down in conjunction with the AGM as well as the 10s annual singles junior competition for Friday Dec 7th . The mixed will be played in various grades including the club championship grade and could include two shortened matches on the night. This has been necessary due to our cramped timetable before Christmas.
The 10s (players born 2008 or later will play either orange or green ball) with entries to Tony. The juniors 12s, 15s, and 18s are scheduled for Dec 14.
Meanwhile the Women’s and Men’s night teams doubles competition’s continue with some good and enjoyable matches.
This week the women’s will play their final round before the finals and playoffs scheduled on 3rd December. Points are very close across the four grades and are listed on the website and depending on this week’s results will determine finalists.
The mens competition involving 19 teams in two grades continues with a good atmosphere with play extending to 12th December. The format of swapping partners after the first set being played in this competition is good for a change. NRMA and Hay Bowling and Golf Club are leading the combined A and B grade while Crighton’s Engineering lead the B Res grade just ahead of Hills Corner Store
Best results in last week’s play went to Russell Curtis , Dylan Ilic and Hilton Hargreaves in the B Res grade while in the top grade best scores went to Shane McGufficke, Tom Lugsdin, Warren Hunt, Darren Turner and Peter Lawrence.
There was another good roll up on Saturday morning at both the 10am and 11am sessions. Rory Burns- Jarratt and Genevieve Williamson were hitting some nice shots in the first session while competition winners in the second session were Max Booth, Kodi Scott, Max Booth and Dillon Green
The AgFlite award goes to Darren Turner who not only had a doubles win but also a singles win at Wednesday tennis. The Crightons award goes to St, Marys Hay school Ryan Curtis being selected in the Diocesan tennis team to play in Lismore. The Foodworks award goes to former Hayite Gav Mather who put in a great effort in the Gala Day tourney narrowly missing being the winner on percentages.
Successful Tennis Gala Day
Forty players enjoyed and played the casual tennis tournament Gala day on Saturday with perfect weather.
The tournament was planned due to the Hay Club for the first time in over 50 years not holding its annual October Open Tennis Tourney this year and also to present an Hon. Life membership to Allen Dwyer.
Allen a good solid A grade player was a tireless supporter of the Club whilst he was in Hay. In fact he was the instigator and push behind the only previous gala day held in 2013 attracting 45 players. He was a good supporter in encouraging players of all ages to participate in night competitions in which he adores the Hay format. Allen was always on the scene volunteering tasks at Club functions and he played a major role in the synthetic grass resurfacing of its four main courts and today these courts are still a major showpiece.
Play winners on the day were Green ball champions Jimmy and Archie Houston and runners up Makenzie and Tilly Weeks. Mens winners Josh Silo (Albury) and Kenny Hargreaves, Womens were Lani Houston and Alice Laracy, and mixed were Peter Lawrence and Jess Weeks. Thank you to Sophie Curtis in her assistance to the green ball group.
A big thank you to Hay Shire, Foodworks and Anthony Slattery Fireworks for their assistance as well as the food donations and helpers to make the day enjoyable and possible.
Womens have a general bye this week with the mens draw outlined on the web. Last week’s marathon match was an exciting 7/6 to Wyverns Rob Lindon and Alex Downs against The Hay Fish Shop Zanda Haidy and Ryan Morrison with the second set also a close 6/5. Other wins went to Hay Bowling and Golf Club, 92 Computing, NRMA, Hay Shire, and Bindari.
Monday night winners across all grades went to Riverine Grazier, Hills Corner Store, Crightons Engineering, Hay Jewellers, All Travel Solutions, Meggs Grain Handling and Woodpark Poll.
Our annual mixed has been set down in our busy schedule for Friday night 7th December also on this night will be our juniors 10 yrs titles.
Saturday morning resumes this weekend at our regular times of 10 am and 11am .
Our 2018 juniors singles are scheduled on Dec 7th and 14th hopefully we can finalise. To ensure if the tournament proceeds players must register with tony beforehand.
All calendar sheets entries must be finalised by Nov 24 to be included on the 2019 calendar
Tennis Gala day Saturday
Entries for the Tennis Gala Day close Wednesday 14th November . Players can enter with a partner male or female or request a partner with the grades and divisions worked out on the Thursday.
There will be number of grades catering for all standards including a green ball competition group for younger players , the criteria for this group is that players must be able to serve. There will be spare room at the tennis complex for orange ball and red ball standard to have a hit.
Players need to confirm their entry at the courts on the Saturday by 9.30 for play to commence at 10am. It is expected the presentation of winners will be held at 3pm and will have an early bird finish for those wishing to stop playing while the keen ones will continue until 5pm.
The Clubs previous Gala Day was held in 2013 and was a wonderful successful and enjoyable day with 45 players involved. Lets hope we get more than this figure with 24 local and visitors entries received as at Sunday. The Hay Club is hoping for good local support requiring more entries.
The committee has been busy with the planning and preparations and would love to hear from anyone who can assist in any way.
Very good numbers are currently playing the Monday womens and Wednesday mens competitions. The draw and results are detailed on the clubs website. With only two players per team there is no need for forfeits and we will continue our good record.
Lets all support our main fundraiser for the year with Wendy Heerey doing a great job in organising the 2019 calender. Birthday entries can be purchased at the Clubhouse for a gold coin . All calender sheets need to be to Wendy by the 24th November.
Congratulations to Hilton Hargreaves who was selected in the Super 10s competition in Canberra played on the weekend and next weekend with some of the best country NSW including ACT 10s players.
Junior tourneys from around the region coming up are at Henty, Young and Wagga.
There was another good attendance at Saturday Morning activities for both sessions with Ollie Liddington –Dennehy and Sophie Curtis winning the green ball doubles competition. Cree Harris was best performed in the orange ball grade. There will be no weekly tennis this Saturday with the Gala Day being held.
The Foodworks, AgFlite and Crightons Rural awards this week go to Hilton Hargreaves, Wendy Heerey, Ollie Liddington, Sophie Curtis and Cree Harris.
Night tennis Results
Womens night competition results in A grade the lone winner was IGA with Murphy’s Clothing co and Lani Houston Consulting declared a draw with special thanks to Kenny Hargreaves substituting.
B grade winners were Pynors Accountants, Tapper Ag Landmark and Woodpark Poll. Dylan Ilic subbed up and did a good job.
The match of the night was the 6/3 3/6 draw between Meg’s Grain -Katie and Karinda Deaton against the O’ Briens Fertilisers team of Annie Summers snd Lisa Lund The B Res / C grade winners were Elders, Riverine Grazier and Crighton’s Engineering
In A and B grade men’s results winners were Anthony Slattery Fireworks, 92 Computing, Hay Bowling and Golf Club, Hay Shire and Tapper Ag Landmark All B Res teams had byes
A good number participated at Saturday morning tennis with the coaches getting some expert assistance from Sam Davies.
20 played the first session with the second session comp winners being Dan Jamiesen, Max Booth snd Emma Curtis.
Preparations for the 17th November Gala Day are well in hand with the working bee and meeting held on the weekend.
Another meeting will be held again on Saturday following junior tennis.
Night competitions Good Entries and Men’s club Doubles finished
Good numbers for both the new night competitions have been received. Both competitions started last week with 24 womens teams in 4 grades and 19 men’s teams in three grades. The womens draw has been made up to 5/11 and the men’s 31/10.
For the benefit of all players the competitions should continue with the good record for two years now of not having forfeits with substitutes listed or bye players to fill in if needed.
The closest womens match last week was a 5/6 6/5 draw in B grade between Tapper Ag Landmark and Hills Corner Store with both Connie Andrews and Lucinda Williamson playing their first comp game.
The men’s format this competition will change partners after the first set and like the womens matches no match will exceed beyond the one and a half hour limit.
Congratulations to Scotty Dixon and Peter Lawrence regaining their doubles title in winning the 2018 final against Kenny and Jensen Hargreaves in a very tight match 4/6 6/2 and tiebreaker (7/5)
A good number attended Saturday morning tennis.
Participation and sportsmanship awards went to Sophie Gee Corliss, Evelyn Creighton, Archer Gill, Emma Curtis,Genevieve Williamson, Caitlin Lund, Jonty Woods, Ollie Liddington- Dennehy and Jack Booth Session times will continue at 10 am and 11am however this may change and further advice will follow.
In conjunction with junior tennis a working bee will be held on Saturday commencing at 9 am to conclude at 12 followed by a meeting to finalise the gala day preparations.
The AgFlite, and Foodworks and Crightons awards this week went to Connie Andrews Lucinda Williamson Scotty Dixon and peter Lawrence
Night competitions begin this week
Good entries have been received for both the Monday Women’s and Wednesday men’s teams competitions commencing this week.
Just over 20 teams had been received at the entry deadline to compete in the womens in four grades and so far 11 men’s teams have been received to start on Wednesday night.
All details are on the clubs website.
The men’s club doubles final will also be held this week
Entries are now being taken for the Clubs Gala Day to be held on Saturday 17th November. Entries for the American Round Robin doubles tourney in various grades can enter with a partner male or female or request a partner. A number of visitors have shown interest in attending.
Play will start at 10am and conclude at 3 pm for some and 5 pm for others depending on entries and heat conditions.
There was a good attendance at both the 10 am and 11 am sessions on Saturday despite the weather with coaching continuing at these times this coming weekend.
The Foodworks award went to Max Booth for dominating his group at Saturday morning juniors Cree Harris gets the AgFlite award for giving 100%effort and Jessica Tapper - the Crighton’s Rural Award for going so well at her first attendance
Night tennis entries close this week
The forthcoming night tennis team’s competitions for Monday Women and Wednesday men’s will commence next week from the 22nd October Players can enter with a partner or request one and various grades will be formed.
Entries received to date will be shown on the web this week for players to check if they have been missed.
Also next week the men’s 2018 club doubles final will be played between Kenny and Jensen Hargreaves against Scott Dixon and Peter Lawrence
A very successful tennis camp was held by Lani Houston last week with assistance from Immy Molloy and Kenny Hargreaves and delicious fruit platter from Kate Smith
(- note for Grazier - see photo )
Saturday morning junior activities resumes this weekend at the normal 10 am and 11 am sessions
Holiday Tennis Clinic Thursday
Lani Houston will conduct a tennis clinic on Thursday 11th from 9am to noon for players aged 5 yrs to 12 Bookings are essential with enquiries to Lani.
Meanwhile entries are now being taken for the forthcoming night tennis men’s and women’s competitions and for the Gala Day planned for November.
Women’s tennis club doubles finalised
The 2018 women’s tennis club championships doubles were completed and will go down in history with the old saying “ tennis a game for all ages”
The final saw Immy Molloy partnering her nan Teresa Mirabelli beat Lani Houston with her partner the young 12 yr old Sophie Curtis in a great result
the score being 6/2 6/5 This was a fantastic good spirited and standard match with all players being congratulated.
Consolation finals in the other grades were held as follows
A- Trish and Dan Jamieson beat Casey and Tamara Wade 6/5 6/3
B- Annie Summers and Lisa Lund beat Wendy and Sarah Lindsay 6/5 6/2 B Res- Russell and Ryan Curtis beat Cas Tidey and Ruby Barnes 6/4 6/2
The men’s had a top close semi final result with Kenny and Jensen Hargreaves prevailing over Anthony Slattery and Shane Mc Gufficke 1/6 6/3 (9/7) and will now play Scott Dixon and Peter Lawrence in the 2018 final
Meanwhile entries are now being taken for the normal teams competitions in various grades for men and women to start after the school holidays.
Players can enter with a partner or request a partner.
Saturday morning junior tennis will resume after the school holidays Meanwhile Lani will conduct a morning mini coaching school on Thurs Oct 11 from 9am to 12noon with bookings essential to Lani Ph 0408932161
Tennis 2018 club doubles to finals
In an exciting finish to the men’s doubles,three pairs finished equal on top of the men’s ladder following the round robin matches.
The second pair on games averages Kenny and Jensen Hargreaves will play a semi final against the third pair on averages Anthony Slattery and Shane McGufficke The winner of this match will then play the top average pair in Scott Dixon and Peter Lawrence after the school holidays.
The womens club championships doubles final as well as the best performed ( four matches) will be contested this week.
Last weeks closest match was Chelsea Cox and Indyanna Wilson going down to Warren Hunt and Dylan Ilic 6/3 6/5
The teams competition will commence from 22nd October for women ( men 24th ) Players can enter with a partner or request one with entries closing 18th October
Saturday morning weather brought out our best attendance for the year The 10am session kept all the coaches busy - with mini nets and red ball play while a good number contested the 11am competition group Kenny Hargreaves green ball group saw Dylan Ilic narrowly winning ahead of Ollie Liddington with Tilly Weeks best of the girls Immy Molloy orange ball group saw Kai Smith winner just ahead of Dillon Green while Lani Houston orange ball group had Charli Giddins undefeated and Abbey Liddington winning two matches for second spot.
There will be no tennis this week due to the long weekend and start of the school holidays Sent from my iPhone
Hargreaves Boys top performances at Regional Tennis Finals
Wagga hosted the Champion of Champions Junior Development Series(JDS) finals for the South Western NSW Region on Sunday.
A number of tournaments held at 11 centres (stretching from Hay to Tumut and Albury to Goulburn)were held throughout the region for 2018 with players gaining points, the number of points depending on their results.
The top 8 positions boys and girls in each age group qualify for the Wagga finals. However players must have played 4 tourneys to qualify with Hilton Kenny and Jensen the only Hay players to qualify this year. It would appear Hays Sophie and Emma Curtis were also top 8 positions for their age groups but failed the finals due to not competing 4 tourneys. Hay players are penalised due to its location with only Griffith as well as the Hay tourney being day travel tourneys. For safe travel and good preparation all other tourneys require overnight accommodation which is costly. Unfortunately Leeton, Narrandera and Deniliquin are currently not hosting these types of tourneys.
Jensen Hargreaves continues to dominate the JDS 12s boys beating all the other 7 finalists and then winning the final 6/0 against Matthew Ferguson of Tumut Kenny Hargreaves came 3rd in his group of the 14s boys to Jarrod Ward ( Goulburn) and William Male from Henty Both Jensen and Kenny by finishing top 3 now qualify for the NSW closed titles in Sydney in November Young Hilton Hargreaves finished in 6th spot in his group 10s boys having won 2 matches Wagga will hold its annual open and junior tourney on the Oct long weekend
The 2018 men’s and women’s club doubles will finish before the school holidays with new teams competitions in various grades to commence after the holidays.
The womens semi final of the championships saw Immy Molloy and Teresa Mirabelli have a good win 6/3 6/2 against Jess and Chloe Weeks In the other grades section Lisa Lund and Annie Summers continue their unbeaten run this time with a 4/6 6/3 win against Ruby Barnes and Cas Tidey Isabella Handford and Will Jamieson had a win also a 4/6 6/3 scoreline against Warren Hunt and Tilly Weeks The closest in the men’s was the Bede Schiller and Tom Porter 3/6 6/3 draw against Ritchie Weymouth and Nick Robertson
Saturday morning tennis will resume this weekend still at the 10am and 11am starting times
The Foodworks AgFlite and Crighton’s Rural Awards this week go to Hilton Jensen and Kenny Hargreaves for their performances at the Wagga Regional Finals and also following the hectic schedule of the 3 boys playing their AFL grand final the previous day.
September Club Tennis Doubles in full swing
The men’s and women’s 2018 club doubles championships have started well with some enjoyable matches witnessed.
The women’s main group comprises 4 pairs contesting a round robin while 14 other pairs are also competing in the other grades section with a number of male players also involved.
Lani Houston partnering young Sophie Curtis in the championship division notched up a good win 6/2 6/3 over Casey and Tamara Wade.
Trish and her son Dan Jamieson continue their good form this time with a 6/2 6/5 over Jacqui and Hilton Hargreaves.
The men’s group has 7 pairs contesting the club championship group with now another 5 pairs contesting the other grades group. The main group saw Zander Haidy and Nick Robertson winning 6/4 6/3 against the defending champion Warren Hunt this year partnering Brad Callaghan. The other grade match of the night was Craig and Joseph Wilson having a 3/6 6/2 win .
There will be no Saturday Morning tennis again this weekend with most of the coaches away however it will definitely resume 22nd Sept.
Tennis Gala Day Planned
A Tennis Gala Day has been planned for Saturday 17th November to replace the Annual October Tourney which is not being held this year.
A successful Gala –fun day was held in 2013 to mark the opening of the new courts surfacing.
The November day will again be an American Round Robin Tourney in various grades down to green ball players, where you enter with a partner male or female or request a partner.Each set you will play half with your partner then the other half against your partner. This format will conclude about 3 pm with a doubles tourney then planned to continue for the keen ones to finish about 5pm.
More details will follow.
Night Doubles Competition
Both the 2018 Club Championships in various grades for women and men commenced last week with some good matches played. Further entries are still welcome with play to continue up to the school holidays.
Closest matches last week were Annie Summers and Lisa Lund beating Anna Lilburne and Sue Parslow 6/5 6/1 and in the mens Craig and Joseph Wilson drew 6/4 4/6 against Dan Stewart and Navieen Singh.
On Saturday only the 11am competition session was held with a number of coaches away. Doubles green and orange ball groups were formed as well as team games with some good rallies noted .There will be no tennis this weekend due to the show.
The Foodworks and Crighton’s Rural awards this week go to Bede Schiller and Tom Porter who had a good win following their tennis break. The AgFlite award goes to Charli Giddins who followed up her good form at Griffith last week to serve nicely at Saturday morning junior tennis.
Top 2018 Tennis Singles Finals
Both the 2018 Mens and Womens singles finals went down to the wire . Both produced some fabulous tennis with Lani Houston winning her first singles title defeating the defending champion Immy Molloy 3/6 6/3 and tiebreaker decider (7/5). Earlier Lani had some tough matches against Trish Jamieson and Jess Weeks in reaching the final.
Scotty Dixon was equal to the task beating the defending champion Anthony Slattery 6/5 5/6 (7/4), exactly the same scoreline in beating Warren Hunt in the 2016 final. This is Scots third singles title also having beaten Andrew Davies in three sets in the 2014 final.
(note for Grazier –photos will come next week)
The doubles competition gets underway this week.
It is planned to hold a Tennis Gala Day in November to replace the Annual Open tournament that is not being held this year. It will also honor our tourney sponsors Wooloondool , Hay Bowling and Golf Club and Auscott. The last Gala Day was held in 2013 was very successful and full of enjoyment catering for all grades and attracting nearly 50 players. The committee will meet on Sunday at 5pm to work out the format , date and many other issues. Out of towners have indicated their availability for Saturday Nov 17.
Hay had a good contingent of 12 players after two withdrawing through injury and sickness, playing the Griffith junior tourney on Sunday. Five Hay players were playing their first tournament and you could see the improvement at the end of the day. Congratulations to all with further details to follow.
(note for Grazier-see group photo)
Good weather helped attract a good number of participants at Saturday tennis. In the 10am red ball/ fun games, coaching session Abbey Liddington/Denehey went well and visitor Jaycee O.Brien
The 11am comp groups were split into 4 groups and after some serving practice, play was of a high standard and the groups were well organised by the coaches
Kenny Hargreaves did a great job with the normal ball group with Navieen Singh and Sophie Curtis having a good tussle. Immy Molloy advised her group of 5 playing green ball full court were so fair and had a good attitude. The highest number of points won went to Ryan Curtis however the highest number of matches won was tied by Jack booth and Dan Jamieson.
Lani supervised the orange ball three quarter court split into (a) and (b). Top of the (a) was Max Booth and runner up Hannah Jamieson while top of the (b) was Cree Harris narrowly from Kai Smith
Saturday juniors continues on the weekend
The Agflite award goes to Lani Houston winning her first singles
title . The foodworks award goes to Scott Dixon taking out the mens singles
title and the Crightons Rural award goes to Jacqui Hargreaves having the
difficult task at Griffith on Sunday in organising the good number of the 10
years boys group with limited courts.
Tennis Singles to Finals
The annual tennis singles played across a number of grades in great spirit will conclude this week. The doubles competition will commence next week. The womens Club Championship grade saw a tough semi final win to Lani Houston over Jess Weeks 6/3 5/6 and will now play Immy Molloy for the 2018 title.
The battle of the sisters saw Casey Wade prevail over Tamara in a tiebreaker decider 7 points to 3 after sets were level at 6/3 each. Casey will now play Harriet Lugsdin in the A Reserve grade final. In B grade Cas Tidey won 6/2 6/2 against Katie Deaton and will play the undefeated Sara Lindsay in the final. The two best performed C graders in Dan Jamieson and Hilton Hargreaves will play the C grade final . A number of play off singles will be contested this week and again there will be organised doubles involving adults and juniors together creating a good atmosphere.
The mens night saw two great semi final matches with the former champion Scott Dixon bringing back his old form to defeat Jensen Hargreaves 6/2 4/6 and tie breaker decider (7/4) and the defending champion Anthony Slattery beating Nick Robertson 6/3 6/1. Other matches organised were doubles and well done to all those involved.
Saturday morning tennis was called off due to manpower shortage and the cool windy unpleasant conditions. Hopefully all will be good this week with sessions continuing at 10am and 11am.
Dont forget the annual Griffith Juniors on Sunday to advise Tony if you are interested.
The Crightons Rural Award goes to Stephen Sharp returning to tennis and going well following the knees operation. Joseph Wilson gets the Foodworks award also going well after a layoff.
The AgFlite award goes to Tilly and Makenzie Weeks making a fine introduction to night tennis competition.
No Open Tennis Tourney This Year
With a number of key personnel unavailable this year, the Annual Open tourney will not be held. Instead a Gala Day similar to the successful one held 5 years ago for the Opening of the new courts is being planned for November. The Gala Day will be known as the Wooloondool, Hay Bowling and Golf Club and Auscott tournament to honour our gold and silver sponsors.
The annual open Tourney for October 2019 will comprise all the usual events without the Australian Ranking computer events which are costly to run.
The Womens and Mens Singles competitions continue with a good spirit.
The Womens saw the closest match of the week with Lani Houston and Trish Jamieson playing an exciting draw 2/6 6/2. In the A Res grade Harriet Lugsdin continues her good form this time having a very good win against Tamara Wade 6/0 6/3. In B grade Sarah Lindsay remains unbeaten following her win against Katie Deaton 4/6 6/3. In C grade two youngsters put in a brilliant and fair play performance with Dan Jamieson winning the first set 6/5 and his opponent Hilton Hargreaves taking the second 6/5
The mens night again produced top tennis. Jensen Hargreaves won his quarter final match against Tom Lugsdin 6/1 6/2. Nick Robertson won a marathon against Kenny Hargreaves 6/3 5/6 and tiebreaker decider 7/1 while the defending champion Anthony Slattery had to fight all the way with a 6/5 6/5 win against Brad Callaghan. In Consolation Alexander Haidy was in devastating form to beat Gardean Ellis 6/3 6/4 while a doubles consolation match was held (instead of another two singles) with the defending champions Steve Longworth and Warren Hunt going down to Tim Hubbard and Geoff Chapman 6/4 6/4
There was no play on Saturday, however play will be held this coming weekend and the next one.
Griffith will be running its annual Junior Development tourney on 26th August . Anyone who is interested playing on this day and needs transport please let Tony know by the weekend.
Dan Jamieson and Hilton Hargreaves win the Crightons Rural Award for their 6/5 5/6 great and fair play result. Tim Hubbard a regular visitor to Hay takes the Agflite award for his performance last week and former Club Champion Trish Jamieson wins the Foodworks award following her play against Lani Houston.
Pleasant start to annual tennis singles
A nice start was made to the 2018 singles competition to both the Monday women and Wednesday mens nights.
Monday results saw some top matches with Jess Weeks battling all the way to defeat a former club champion in Trish Jamieson 6/4 6/4, Lani Houston beat the ever improving Tamara Wade 6/1 6/2, Harriet Lugsdin put in a gutsy effort in winning 6/3 6/4 over Casey Wade. The closest match of the night was the very good contest of Sarah Lindsay beating Cas Tidey 4/6 6/3 while young Dan Jamieson was in good form to defeat Navieen Singh 6/1 6/1
Wednesday play saw the defending champion Anthony Slattery too strong for a previous champion Steve Longworth 6/1 6/3 and Brad Callaghan winning a similar scoreline over the out of retirement Gardean Ellis who hit the ball well. A number of others received byes with late entries still being accepted.
The annual Hay Open tourney scheduled for the 5th, 6th, and 7thOctober may not be held this year. With key personnel either away, or maybe away or unavailable together with continued rising costs, rules and demands by tennis NSW for running our type of tourney which includes Australian Ranking computer events, some serious thoughts and changes are to be examined.
Should the event not be held this year a one day tourney (similar to the very successful Clubs new courts surfacing Opening Day tourney held some years ago) could be planned later on in the year and a complete new format maybe a two days annual open tourney with events to entice more local participation as well as retaining our regular tennis visitors be organised to start next year. Despite the club having 249 members for its 2017/18 financial year there is not enough strong support and help for this type of three day tourney. The committee will meet again this week to make a final decision.
Junior Saturday morning tennis made a welcome return on the weekend with Cree Harris going well in the 10am group. A big thankyou to coaches Kenny, Immy and Lani who put in some new tennis moves recently learnt at Wagga. The orange ball 11am competition was great with Jack Booth winning the A grade from Dylan Ilic and Hannah Jamieson taking out the B section
There will be no Saturday morning this week with a number of organisers away but will continue the following week.
The Foodworks award went to Jack Booth winning the orange ball competition with some good serving. The AgFlite award went to Cree Harris putting in a 100 per cent effort at the Saturday activities. The Crightons Rural award goes to Cas Tidey narrowly going down in her singles match to Sarah Lindsay a recipiant to a previous weekly award.
Tennis Singles commences this week
The Annual tennis singles competition which includes the club championship grade commences this week for women and men with a total entry received to date 23 players.
The competition is expected to run for 4 or 5 weeks then followed by doubles. Play is Monday nights women and Wednesday night mens with the draw appearing on the web this week.
Defending club champions are Immy Molloy and Anthony Slattery.
Annual Memberships and green pass payments are due this week and many thanks to all those that have paid which certainly helps towards payment to the ever increasing insurance costs and Tennis NSW affiliations which are now due.
Saturday morning junior activities will now restart this coming weekend following last weekends call off due to the weather.
Well done to Hilton and Jensen Hargreaves to their success at the recent West Wyalong Development tourney. Young and Griffith Tourneys will be held in August.
Tennis Activities restarts on the weekend
After a break of four weeks the new season of Junior tennis activities recommences this coming Saturday 28th July. Sessions will continue at 10am and 11am with orange and green ball competition included in the 11am group.
Entries for the forthcoming night single’s competition’s in various grades will close this coming Friday with the women’s draw available on Monday 30th July for commencement that night. The men’s will commence Wed 1st August. Entries received to date are listed on the web so players should check in case they have been missed. It is noted the defending club champions are putting in some good practice. Various grades catering for all standards will be held.
Thanks for all those players who have so far renewed memberships and green pass memberships. Memberships and green pass renewals should finalise their payments by 31/7/18.
An urgent committee meeting needs be held and will follow junior tennis on saturday morning at 12.15.
A number of concerns need to be addressed and this includes the annual Tennis NSW affiliation requirements, the interest and support of the running of the Annual Open Tourney, this year being held in the middle of the school holidays as well as other matters for discussion.
Annual Tennis Singles Entries now open
Entries for the annual tennis singles in various grades for both men and women are now open with names received to date listed on the hay Tennis Club web.
Monday women’s will start on the 30th July and Wednesday men’s to commence on the 1st August.
The Agflite Award goes to Kenny Hargreaves who despite being in school year 8 has been selected for the second consecutive year in the Riverina High Schools Tennis team to contest the State titles.
The Foodworks award goes to Steve Longworth who has just run the successful Queensland Veterans Tourney on the Gold Coast and also expertly completing the recent annual Griffith tourney despite the wet weather preventing play on the clay courts on day one of the tourney and convincing players and officials that the tourney will finish on time.
The Crighton’s Rural Award goes to those Wimbledon players who battled through those 5 and 6 hour matches.
Kenny Hargreaves in High School Riverina Tennis Team
For the second year in succession Hay High School student Kenny Hargreaves has been selected in the 9 boys Riverina Tennis Team to compete in the State Titles this year being held at Armidale /Inverell. Kenny was also part of the team that played the titles in Bathurst last year. He attended the trials in Wagga last week with the state titles scheduled for September.
This is a great achievement at selection for a second time and only at Year 8 with hopefully more years to follow.
The West Wyalong Junior tourney will be held on Sunday July 22, with the Young and Griffith tourneys in August.
Meanwhile night competitions and junior Saturday morning activities will resume later in the month with court hire enquiries to Tony 0419571292
Tennis Activities in winter break
Night tennis competitions will resume later in July following the winter break. Similarly junior Saturday morning activities will also resume at that time.
As expected the annual Hay junior tournament on Sunday was cancelled with only 8 online entries and a similar number of locals who were to enter manually. In total there were only 6 visitors coming from Griffith Deniliquin Wagga and Yass.Tennis NSW are likely now to allow Hay to revert back to its normal April month for 2019 - a much better and more suitable tennis weather month.
Meanwhile courts are open for hire and private coaching remains available.
selected for the Ken Rosewall Cup State Tennis Competition
Following his good form for the South West NSW team in the recent state 12yrs competition in Bathurst, Jensen was selected with Wagga’s Leon Hemmings and Maxwell Prest in the three boys South West 14yrs team up against 11 other country and city NSW teams including the ACT played in Gosford on the weekend. Ella Brown daughter of Warwick Brown who worked as an Engineer at the former Public Works office in Hay, together with Chelsea McGrath both of Albury and Jane Hausler of Barellan made up the three girls team competing for the Leslie Bowrey Cup. The formats of the competition were the same as the world renowned Davis and Federation Cups emphasising a team environment.
It is such an honour for Jensen to play this prestigious competition amongst the states best and deservedly gained the selection with all his hard training. Although not winners of their pools groups the teams did manage a couple of victories but more importantly enjoyed the experience and comradeship.
The Clubs Annual Junior Tournament still only has attracted 5 players up to the weekend with entries closing Tuesday 26th June so sadly would appear to be cancelled. This year Tennis NSW became more involved in the running so we are awaiting their formal decision. Tennis NSW should consider reverting the Hay tourney back to its previous annual April date which has more pleasant weather and player involvement. Currently we have stopped night competitions and Saturday juniors for our winter break.
Saturday morning was held on the weekend mainly to get tourney practice however only 10 players participated with Clementine Fauche best in the 10am group and Dillon Green won the orange ball group narrowly from Charli Giddins. Saturday activities will break for winter and resume on July 28 as per the web’s juniors timetable program. In the meantime those requiring private coaching can contact Jess Weeks or Immy Molloy with Lani away at present.
Many thanks to the Clubs Sponsors who have responded to date for the 2018/19 year in assisting financially towards the running of the Hay Tennis Club.
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.