Shepparton players are performing well at the Greater Shepparton Summer Challenge with several making through to quarter and semi-finals.OLIVER CAFFREY January 15, 2014 4:15am
Organisers of the Greater Shepparton Summer Challenge continue to deal with extreme heat, with local hopes moving into the final stages of the tournament yesterday.
Hope Curtis-McDonald won through to the women’s singles semi-finals, defeating fellow Shepparton Lawn player Jessica Mason 6-1 6-2 in the quarter-finals.
Curtis-McDonald will take on third seed Sarina King for a spot in the final this morning.
Meanwhile, in the men’s draw Shepparton veteran Bruce Ferguson booked a place in the quarter-finals after downing Echuca’s Regan More in an epic match 3-6 7-5 10-7.
He will now play Nickolas Ngodrela for a spot in the final four this morning.
Tournament manager Jamie Haynes said despite the sweltering conditions, matches had almost run entirely on schedule, with players and parents more than understanding of the situation.
‘‘Matches were meant to start again at 5 (pm), but it is still a bit too hot, so we had to push that back to 5.30
‘‘We’ve been spot on schedule up until right now — we’re half-an-hour behind, but we’re fairly confident we’ll get through tonight on track.
‘‘We might have to shorten or postpone matches, but we’ll just wait and see at this stage, but we’re still planning to have the tournament finished by Friday.’’
On the junior side, Shepparton’s Jordon Butts ousted Jake Pleming yesterday 6-4 6-0 to set up an under-14 boys’ quarter-final clash with top seed Codey Gunn this morning.
In the under-14 girls’ competition, Mason will face top seed Lisa Mays in the quarter-finals today after she won her round two clash against Menuja Jayaweera 6-2 6-3.
Shepparton’s Clinton Colclough is out of the under-16 boys’ tournament after losing to eighth seed Matthew Cook, while Nick Gattuso is through to the quarter-finals after smashing Ted Williams 6-1 6-0.
Kara Farrow will take her place in the under-16 girls’ quarter-finals today against top seed Natasha Van Bemmel.
The facilitator of a new program to help empower women with a disability to become leaders in the community says it is time to stand up.
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.
People fled Echuca Magistrates Court house this morning after a wild brawl erupted in the foyer.
Hundreds rose early for Dawn Services across the district on Saturday to commemorate 100 years since the Gallipoli landings.
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
Heathcote police are appealing for information after a woman was injured in a hit-and-run incident on Anzac Day.
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.
The Deniliquin Domestic Violence Liaison Committee hosted a community lunch at the ‘Rocket Park’ on Thursday to celebrate the launch of its new banner.
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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