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Plenty of success for Goulburn region at Swan Hill

Shepparton’s Hope Curtis-McDonald and Kyabram’s David Starling claimed three titles each at the 2013 Tennis Victoria Inter-regional Championships at Swan Hill at the weekend.

HANNAH DRISCOLL January 8, 2013 4:10am

The Goulburn team which competed at Swan Hill.

Shepparton’s Hope Curtis-McDonald and Kyabram’s David Starling claimed three titles each at the 2013 Tennis Victoria Inter-regional Championships at Swan Hill at the weekend.

This was the 57th consecutive staging of the championships, which pits players from the 11 country regions against each other in singles, doubles and mixed doubles events.

As well as the junior age groups — between 12-and-under to 18-and-under — the championships also catered for 22-and-under, open and 45-plus senior age groups.

It was a successful tournament for the Goulburn tennis region as it finished second to powerhouse region Barwon, which includes Geelong, in the three-day event that began on Friday.

Starling won the 45-plus singles, doubles and mixed doubles, while Curtis-McDonald won the same events in the 18-and-under division.

Starling defeated Goulburn teammate Bruce Ferguson 10-4 in the singles final, but the duo won the doubles after a withdrawal from their opponents for the final.

Starling and Sharon Clement also won the mixed doubles 8-3, while Ferguson and Viv New made it to the semi-final.

Curtis McDonald won her singles final 10-2, as well as the mixed doubles final with her brother James, 6-3, and the doubles with Jessica Wendel, 8-3.

Luke Dixon and Jarrod Bingham won the open men’s doubles with an 8-6 victory in the final.

Nick Fenaughty and Emily Ryan won the 22-and-under mixed doubles, 8-4, while Matt Starling and Caitlyn Price made the semi-final.

Fenaughty was also runner-up in the singles, while Starling made the semi-finals.

The pair also finished runner-up in the doubles.

Louis Pinnuck and Brayden Price finished runners-up in the 16-and-under doubles, and James Curtis McDonald was runner-up in the 18-and-under singles.

Luke Dixon, Elena Wall, Matt Ryan, Jacqui Hall, Jiordi-Ann Bothwell, Caitlyn Price, Emily Ryan, Sharon Clement and Viv New also made semi-finals in various draws, while Brayden Price won the consolation draw for the 16-and-under singles.

The Goulburn region’s team’s coordinator Heather Lees, who was also team manager for the event, said it was fortunate to be able to put together a high calibre team as not all players were available this time of year.

She said the clash with the Goulburn Valley Junior Tennis Championships also meant some juniors were unavailable.

Lees said the region was rapt with second place behind Barwon.

‘‘We were trying hard to beat them, but that is a pleasing result,’’ Lees said.

‘‘For Tennis Victoria, it is the premier country event of the year when each region send their best along to have a go.

‘‘It is pretty unique to have a team of all ages, so they do consider it a prestigious event.’’

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