The Lecontes team has turned to local stars to keep its momentum going at Victorian Tennis Association's Country Week.HANNAH DRISCOLL February 12, 2014 4:49am
The Lecontes team will be relying on a purely local line-up to keep its successful run in Victorian Country Tennis Association’s Country Week alive.
At the end of play on day two the side, which yesterday included Kyabram father-son combination David and Matt Starling, was 3-1 from the first four rounds.
Yesterday’s second round pit the Starlings against the Tatura Longhorns, including Andrew Clement, Tony Gayfer, Tim Lanyon and Paul Concliffe.
Lecontes cleaned up all four sets for a 4-32 to 0-15 victory.
Matt Starling replaced Melburnian Jake Harvey, who had to return home, for the match against the Longhorns after Lecontes lost to Gippsland Warriors in yesterday’s first game.
Today Kialla Park’s Luke Dixon and Shepparton Lawn’s Nick Gattuso will replace Geelong’s Shane Wiffen and Matt Holshier, who have also returned home.
Today Lecontes face Mud Island, which has only dropped one match, and the Tennis Vic All Stars, who are chasing their first victory.
‘‘It is fairly relaxed, but one of the good things is once you start playing matches in the morning and afternoon, you start to find your form and it becomes second nature,’’ Starling said.
‘‘The new guys, while they’re fresh and eager and they’ve got some legs, it generally takes a few sets to get that form going.
‘‘It’s probably good to have some new blood coming in and it’s good to have guys who are still playing.’’
Starling said Country Week was about ‘‘longevity’’ and teams needed to pace themselves during the week.
In the women’s A-grade, Shepparton Vixens are yet to add another win to their round one defeat of the Kyabram Untouchables and sit fifth on the ladder after four rounds, two losses behind Glen Waverley Stars.
The Shepparton Crocs are third on the ladder in men’s B1 division with only one loss from four rounds behind second-placed Euroa Gold, Shepparton The Woodies are undefeated in the men’s B3, and Cobram Tigers are fourth in men’s C2.
Shepparton Borderline is also undefeated in the women’s B3.
Police are asking for information about an assault in Shepparton that left a man with serious facial injuries and broken bones last month.
The 2014 Yarrawonga Mulwala Multisport Festival has been hailed a huge success by organisers and participants alike.
The fifth annual King Billy Retreat Open Garden Party will be held at Rushworth on Saturday and Sunday, October 25-26, from 10 am to 4 pm.
Campaspe Shire councillors boycotted this week’s meeting because of concerns of abuse and bullying.
St Joseph’s Primary School students took part in an extended after-school stay.
Accusations of bullying, disrespect and dangerous conduct.
A great day brought big numbers to Station St in Seymour.
Finley's Mark Whiley has been traded from the GWS Giants to Carlton - the club he has supported all his life.
Nominations are being sought for the annual Axedale CWA community youth award.
Access to Ulupna Island has been blocked at key points, leaving local residents and businesses rallying for a re-opening in a bid to save tourism dollars.
Deniliquin McDonald's raised more than $1300 for McHappy Day on Saturday.
Up to14 new full-time jobs will be created at Pactum Dairy Group in Shepparton, with the company set to embark on an $18million expansion at its factory.
Alma Nungarrayi Granites is the most successful of the Warlukurlangu artists who still live at Yuendumu and enjoys teaching children about aboriginal culture and art.
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