Benalla's budding tennis players enjoyed three days of coaching by Melbourne's Toptenn Academy.ANGELA TOWNSEND January 9, 2013 4:33am
Benalla’s budding tennis players braved scorching conditions at the Benalla Lawn courts last week to hone their tennis skills at the annual Toptenn Academy’s Super Clinic.
The three-day clinic has continued its popularity during the years — being conducted by Dennis Lemke for 38 years and by Toptenn’s Peter Owen for the past 10 years.
Six experienced coaches came from Melbourne to take the 45 kids through their paces.
Owen said the coaches loved the grass courts at Benalla, calling them ‘‘amazing’’.
‘‘A lot of kids return year after year for the clinic,’’ he said.
‘‘We’ve got a few new ones this year, and a few from Melbourne.
‘‘It is great to see the enormous improvement.’’
Toptenn continues to excel as tennis trainers, being awarded the Newcombe Medal — the equivalent of the Brownlow — for coaching excellence at club and community level.
A presentation for the kids was held last Friday, with two lucky participants chosen to play on a show court later this month — possibly even Rod Laver Arena.
Eight-year-old Michael Roos enjoyed the opportunity to play at the Rod Laver Arena last year — even with a broken arm.
This year’s lucky stars are Will O’Donohue and Mia Begley.
Owen said Benalla’s new coach Luke Wilson was going to be fantastic for the Lawn Tennis Club.
‘‘Luke and the committee are really working hard to build a tennis community here in Benalla,’’ he said.
‘‘The Saturday morning clinics are great.’’
The Bureau of Meteorology has released a severe weather warning for regions that include Shepparton. It includes damaging winds and the potential for flash flooding.
Pete O’Neill and Abby Hicks are national champions at the completion of the 2015 Australian Barefoot Championships held last week.
GVAC women Rachel Pratt and Jacquie Fitzpatrick showed the men, and the large crowd at Rushworth Speedway on Saturday, March 28, they have what it takes when competing in the men’s classes.
Two international backpackers have taken aim at contractors who hired them to pick fruit in the region without payment.
Rochester boxing coach Chris Trewin and his team of dedicated trainers have been hitting the bag for more than six months and the results are beginning to show.
Local MP calls for community applications
A special event will take place at Pioneer Park on Sunday.
Jerilderie's born and bred Madeleine Harris has been recognised for her banking and finance career
Concerned Costerfield residents had the chance to voice their antimony health concerns last week after an independent facilitator was appointed.
Strathmerton clinched a win in the high-scoring game against Mathoura on the weekend in the PDFL North West competition.
Deniliquin swimming dynamo Stephen Dalzell has finished 13th overall in his preferred event at the Australian Age Championships.
Murray Goulburn Co-operative has set a date for a special meeting to vote on a new capital structure.
Emergency services are on scene of a two-car crash on the Midland Hwy, near Benalla. Two people have died. Traffic is being diverted.
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