It is eight months and two weeks since the last twilight matches were played at the Merriwa park Lawn courts. So this week players were pleased to finally be back, although under COVID rules, for this popular club social mixed competition.
The competition organisers Sean Ablezej and Steve Rusell are very pleased with the response from members in forming teams. They said that there is obviously a hunger for tennis out there as players get used to playing the sport again. The number of teams is only slightly down from the last competition. Sean and Steve are also hoping that two more teams may yet join in the Monday B grade with a possible team of rotating some stronger junior players. They emphasise that it isn't too late to register interest to play as there is always a team that needs a fill in on both nights. They also emphasise that participation and inclusion are key to this competition.
Interest in the A grade in particular has been boosted by the participation of Aaron Bruest who will bring his experience from playing on the US College circuit with him. He will be an interesting yardstick in the same way that former local Davis Cup player Rex Hartwig was when he played in the now sadly defunct Ovens and King tennis competition back in the 1980s. (Aaron was also runner up in the open singles title at the club`s annual January tournament) "Players will be able to learn much from watching and playing with Aaron and his other team members " Steve Russell said.
Currently B grade has eight teams and A grade has nine teams. Anyone interested in playing can contact Sean or Steve through the club website.
About to start play on Tuesday evening are L-R Mark Brown, Wendy Hogan, Julie Lamond, David Godkin, Rob Lamond, Clare Fisk and Carol Mata.
The twilight tennis competition is a team competition which runs from October through to March with a break over the Christmas school holiday period.
The competition includes A grade, which plays on Tuesday night, and B grade which plays on a Monday night.
All players in the competition must be members of the Club. A membership form can be printed from our MEMBERSHIP page.
There are limitations regarding the number of teams accepted into the competition, hence you should strive to register your team as early as possible. Please CONTACT the club for team application forms. Teams consist of 2 men and 2 ladies. Each player will play two 8 game sets of mixed, and one doubles (tie-break at 4 all). Each team is responsible for finding their own substitute players.
In the event a member is substituted with a non-member on any occasion, the non-member shall pay a $10 Green Fee. Second hand tennis balls are used for this competition; hence there is no additional competition fee.