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Easter tournament nominated for award

Shepparton Lawn Tennis Club's annual Easter tournament has been nominated for Tennis Victoria's most outstanding tournament award.

OLIVER CAFFREY May 28, 2014 3:05am

Shepparton Lawn Tennis Club’s annual tournament is in the running to be declared Victoria’s best.

The 90th annual Shepparton Easter Tournament has been nominated for Tennis Victoria’s most outstanding tournament.

Shepparton will come up against the Traralgon International and Bendigo’s Festival of Tennis in the category.

All award winners will be announced at the championship dinner on June 23 at the MCG.

Club president Malcolm Thiel said the nomination capped a busy summer of tennis.

‘‘We’ve had a big year in tennis, the Easter tournament was certainly the culmination of all that and we’re pretty pleased Tennis Victoria has seen our tournament worthwhile,’’ Thiel said.

‘‘We had something big every month from December, Country Week was huge with so many regional teams here and then the 90th tournament is something we’re all very proud of.’’

The awards have been held for three years and it is the club’s first nomination.

While the Easter tournament does not attract as many top-quality players, club secretary Katie Ferguson said the club was proud of the tradition.

‘‘We’re up against some pretty big international tournaments, but we’ve got tradition on our side and hopefully that provides the judges with a point of difference,’’ Ferguson said.

‘‘It’s really exciting, nearly everyone is a volunteer, so it’s a bit of a mini reward for all the hard work everyone puts in.’’

Other awards include most outstanding club, most outstanding school, coaching excellence and junior athlete of the year.

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