June Simpson is still coming to grips with her new identity as an Australian champion.DAMEN FRANCIS January 22, 2013 4:10am
June Simpson is still coming to grips with her new identity as an Australian champion.
But that is exactly what she has become, after winning the women’s 70 and over doubles event at the Australian Tennis Seniors Individual Championships in Perth last week.
The Shepparton Lawn player joined forces with Helen Muir of Western Australia and, despite having never previously played together, the pair clicked immediately and won the title without dropping a set.
The duo defeated No.
‘‘Helen was fantastic to play with, nice and steady and she didn’t get rattled, I get a bit nervous sometimes, I’m not used to that big time stuff,’’ Simpson said.
‘‘I was serving the last game and I was really trying to serve wide for my partner, the flipping thing went in and (the opponent) hit it back softly and my partner just grabbed it on the net and put it away.
‘‘It seems so unreal, you play the matches and don’t think about how you’re playing for an Australian title, but I guess that’s what we were doing.’’
One week earlier, Simpson was part of the Victorian women’s 70-74 team that finished runner-up at the Australian Tennis Seniors Teams Carnival.
It was not the first time she had represented her state in the teams event, but she had never before participated in the individual competition.
The mother of seven and grandmother of 20 said she had played the sport for a long time and loved playing whenever she can.
Simpson thanked friends Jenny Grose and Judy Buzza for giving her extra practice and said it may not be the last we see of the Simpson-Muir partnership.
‘‘Helen said to me that if we had success over there she would come over and play with me in the Victorian Championships, so we’re going to play together in Melbourne in March,’’ she said.
A three vehicle collision is causing delays on the Midland Hwy, Tatura
More than 2200 people have signed up to show their support for a campaign to have the green route chosen for the new Yarrawonga Mulwala bridge.
Members of Murchison Book Club are hosting a literary lunch with Vivien Achia, author of Marrying Italian — When Love is Not Enough.
Goulburn Murray Cricket has allocated Echuca and Girgarre with joint C grade premierships after the clubs both agreed on the proposal.
A woman from Rochester has been jailed for breaching her bail conditions.
Tongala family hopes for transplant call for six-year-old.
A Seymour man has more cause than most to reflect on the price of war.
Tocumwal's Don Elgin is aiming to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland
The people of Heathcote and district chipped in more than $13,000 for the Food Friday Appeal and more donations are yet to be counted.
Barooga have completed a 117-point rout against Cobram in the Murray Football League's cross-river derby.
Deniliquin's Easter Sunday in the Park attracted about 200 people for the traditional family fun day.
Monitoring of the Murray River around the Barmah-Millewa Forest region in the past two spawning seasons has found larval Murray cod and Murray spiny crayfish in areas affected by the 2011 blackwater event.
Police are searching for a driver that rammed a Benalla police vehicle this morning.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
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.