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.
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.
As part of Lyme Disease Awareness Month in May, the Riverine Herald will shed light on the debilitating, yet controversial, illness through the eyes of those fighting it.
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.
Deniliquin bowler Dennis O'Keefe lost 25-19 in his bid for a quarter-final spot in the Victorian Singles Championships this week.
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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