Shayne Reid has prepared courts for Wimbledon and Davis Cup ties and he has been busy making sure the temporary tennis courts at Mooroopna are up to scratch for Country Week.DAMEN FRANCIS February 7, 2014 4:15am
Shayne Reid has prepared temporary tennis courts for Country Week in the past, now he’s lending a hand at Mooroopna.
Shayne Reid has prepared grass courts at Wimbledon and Australian Davis Cup ties, but right now Shepparton and Mooroopna have his full attention.
The towns are co-hosting Australia’s biggest grass court tennis tournament, Victorian Country Tennis Association Country Week, starting Monday.
However, with just 32 permanent courts between Mooroopna and Shepparton Lawn tennis clubs and more than 1000 players to cater for, 50 temporary courts are being created at Mooroopna Recreation Reserve.
That’s where Reid comes in.
The talented Wodonga Tennis Centre curator and veteran of multiple successful Country Week tournaments has lent his expertise to ensure Greater Shepparton’s first time as host is a hit.
Reid said the scale of the project was not unlike the preparation work required at Wodonga in past years and was confident of providing top notch facilities.
‘‘The biggest challenge is they are ovals being prepared to be a tennis court,’’ Reid said.
‘‘The court has got to last the week, it’s very important that the base lines get through without wearing down to bare earth and (players) can’t see the lines.
‘‘The ovals are in fantastic condition, they haven’t been played on, so they should go in very well prepared and fresh and hopefully should last the distance.’’
Preparations began 18 months ago, but Reid’s involvement has only been for the past 10 months and he was quick to praise the work of council parks and gardens workgroup co-ordinator Tim Zak and the team at Greater Shepparton City Council for laying the groundwork.
‘‘The council has been fantastic to deal with and Timothy Zak, who is responsible for all the ovals, deserves a huge congratulations on a magnificent job,’’ Reid said.
‘‘His willingness to produce quality playing surfaces has been first class.
‘‘They had already sprayed out the kikuyu grass on the ovals and relaid the appropriate couch grass. The preparation has been spot on.’’
Fences and nets are to go up during the weekend, with play to begin Monday morning.
Country Week is open to players of all ages and abilities and is tipped close to 200 teams from across the state will take part.
‘‘It’s the biggest teams event in the world, anywhere from 1000 to 1300 players for the week and I think everyone in Shepparton will be very impressed with what they see,’’ Reid said.
After months of speculation, Yarrawonga’s Alan Williams has been endorsed as the Labor candidate for Murray contesting the July 2 Federal Election.
Three Yarrawonga footballers have excelled at interleague level, representing the Ovens and Murray against Hampden in Warrnambool on Saturday.
The Aboriginal and wider community is mourning the death of revered Bangerang Aboriginal elder, Uncle John ‘‘Sandy’’ Atkinson.
Fletcher and Beau Harris might have only taken up go kart racing two years ago but they’re already showing the potential for future success.
CONSTRUCTION of Rochester’s gym is well into the swing of things, with concrete walls erected early last week.
Kyabram Football Club will host a family day next weekend.
Where there’s a Will, there’s a way
Berrigan Shire councillor Daryll Morris says he has been sickened by some of the vitriol and personal attacks to surface since the council’s proposal to redevelop Finley’s Memorial Hall and School of Arts site was revealed in October last year.
RENEWAL works have resumed on the Coliban Main Channel this month.
For most 10-year-olds, mischievous isn’t a word often found in their vocabulary, let alone having the ability to spell it correctly. But for Cobram Anglican Grammar Year 5 student Cadence Pang, it’s all in a day’s work.
Plans for the release of a carp herpes virus has captured the attention of international press.
Farmers from northern Victoria will join a protest rally over milk prices in Melbourne tomorrow, Wednesday.
The News magazines are online - read high quality magazines in your time. Check in regularly for the latest editions.
Riverine Herald's well regarded locally produced magazines. They're now online, so you can read them whenever and wherever you like.
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.