Benalla's budding tennis players enjoyed three days of coaching by Melbourne's Toptenn Academy.By Angela Townsend
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.’’
A Shepparton bus service that takes nightclub patrons home safely is celebrating its fifth anniversary of operation this weekend.
It’s been a long journey for Tim Roadley but his dream of creating a multi-sport endurance event on the Murray River is now going to be a reality.
It was a big day for Jye McNeil on Sunday, not only celebrating his 19th birthday, but riding a double at the Tatura and Shepparton Racing Club’s meeting, including the big one, the Vraca and Varapodio Italian Plate (1600 m), on the Gerald Egan-trained Jetconi.
Moama's Shirley Durrant has been wowing district pudding eaters for the past 23 years with her Christmas delights.
On Friday Rochester’s St Joseph’s Primary School opened a time capsule which was buried in the 1980s.
Waste collection in Campaspe Shire will change for two weeks during the festive season.
Valley Park Farms' egg production facility is expected to increase production and staff after a $100 000 Victorian Government grant.
Murchison’s Jane Spencer’s first exhibition It Just Dawned On Me will be on show in Shepparton in the first half of next year.
Lisa Milligan has started a new dog grooming business in Heathcote to help fund her Wild ABout Wildlife centre in Kilmore.
A group of volunteers have worked to revitalise the Cobram motorcross track to improve safety and attract new members to the club.
Federal Member for Farrer Sussan Ley says plans are in the works on how to get natural gas to Deniliquin.
New Transport Accident Commission research has revealed why some young country drivers habitually take risks on regional roads.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Parks Victoria and Country Fire Authority will be performing planned burns in Goomalibee on Monday.
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