Echuca-Rich River has taken out the Goulburn Murray Tennis Association Premier One title, defeating Shepparton Bears.LUKE MCMANUS March 31, 2014 4:31am
Echuca-Rich River pushed aside last season’s misery to claim the Goulburn Murray Tennis Association Premier One title.
After Rich River was left deflated following its two-game loss to 2013 premier Kyabram, the combined Echuca-Rich River recorded an emphatic win against Shepparton Bears on Saturday.
Led by Erik Holt-Crossman and Regan More, Echuca-Rich River dominated the men’s draw to come away with a 16-game (71-55) victory at Victoria Park.
‘‘We’re all rapt with the win,’’ Echuca-Rich River’s Andrew Crossman said.
‘‘After missing out last year by two games, we have a huge sense of relief.
‘‘We were nervous going in, but from a personal perspective, everyone handled the pressure extremely well and played great tennis.’’
Crossman highlighted the performance of rising stars Erik Holt-Crossman and Regan More, who blitzed their opponents in the opening men’s singles matches.
‘‘There was a bit of tension throughout the week as Regan had a few issues with his wrist,’’ Crossman said.
‘‘He trained Monday, but didn’t practise at all until (Saturday) morning, so that added to the nerves during the week.
‘‘To lose Regan on match day would have been a massive blow.
‘‘Thankfully that didn’t happen.’’
More shrugged off the niggle to record a five-game (8-3) win against the Bears’ Bruce Ferguson.
Holt-Crossman was equally impressive in his singles draw, easily accounting for James Curtis-McDonald, 8-1.
‘‘Both of them played some great tennis,’’ Crossman said.
‘‘To come out an play like they did was a huge effort and for the second week in a row they’ve dominated.
‘‘It’s a good sign of improvement and maturity in the pair.’’
The women started poorly after Kate Dixon and Andrine Holt-Crossman went down in their singles matches.
Leanne More steadied the ship and proved the x-factor in Echuca-Rich River’s clean sweep of the women’s doubles.
In the mixed doubles, Echuca-Rich River converted one of three matches into wins, Regan and Leanne More combining for 8-4 triumph, to finish the afternoon on top.
Shepparton Swans and Benalla both had altered coaching panels for the Goulburn Valley Football League grand final rematch on Saturday.
The Mulwala Lions had satisfying and hard fought win, in difficult conditions, against last year’s grand finalists at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
The second annual Bonnie and Clyde Rods, Rats and Rides Festival fired up at Tatura Park at the weekend (April 11-12), drawing thousands of petrol heads and rockabilly music lovers to Tatura.
Anyone yet to experience the sport of croquet is welcome to come along to the Rich River club lawns on Sunday to try it out.
Lockington Vintage Tractor and Stationary Engine Rally is on for the 18th time this weekend and there is something for everyone.
Kyabram and District Sportstar of the Year nominations finalised
Three local clubs get together at Kings Park.
Tributes flow for Finley's inspiring mother, friend and farming advocate Jennifer Hawkins
A visit by Coliban Water to Heathcote last week provided residents with a chance to quiz staff about water and sewer services.
A new book, Men from the River Bends, honours Cobram-Barooga and district soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice after enlisting in World War 1.
Penalty goal spells heartbreak.
Widespread rain late last week and on Saturday put a smile on the faces of farmers preparing to sow crops or waiting for weeds to emerge on early-sown rye-grass.
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