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Locals look to keep wins coming at Country Week

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

Shepparton's Paula Ryan winds up her forehand.

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.

For more Country Week coverage and pictures, grab a copy of today’s News.

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