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 sky is the limit for Wanganui Year 12 VCAL student Leigh Polan, 18, who decided to create two posters examining birdlife around the school.
The under 16 Pigeons kick started the YFNC's finals campaign with a resounding victory over the Paul Spargo led Scots College in the Grand Final of the AWJFL Elwyn Langford Shield at the Albury Sports Ground on Sunday.
Greater Shepparton City Council was successful in securing the National Cutting Horse Association Victorian Futurity Cutting Horse Championships for 2014 and 2015, with this year’s event scheduled from September 10-14 at Tatura Park.
An ad for the Healthy Ageing Project will be filmed in Echuca, Rushworth and Rochester today.
More than $15,000 was raised at a family day on Sunday. The event was to raise money for the families of Barry Purtell and Dave Lobb.
Book Week gets colourful turnout.
Deaprtment of Environment and Primary Industries unhappy about Mt Disappointment vandals.
Jerilderie Shire deputy mayor Ruth McRae handed the key over for the new Rural Fire Service station last Friday.
Farmers have a new weapon in the fight against mice.
Cobram kids learn about health with hospital as state-wide obesity campaign is launched.
History is recorded to inspire the next generation, author John Northage said at the launch of, Mending the Goulburn Broken, in Shepparton last week.
A few anxious customers were outside the closed gates of the failed Bee-Jay Machinery business on Goulburn Valley Hwy in Shepparton on Tuesday morning, wondering what would become of deposits they had paid for tractors and other machinery.
The Benalla Indian Myna Action Group will pay a $1 per bird bounty on live birds delivered to CAL farm. National Party MP Bill Sykes donated $100 to fund the bounty.
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