Curtis-McDonald is a family name linked with tennis prowess in the Goulburn Valley, and the siblings showed why that was last weekend.February 2, 2013 5:45am
Curtis-McDonald is a family name linked with tennis prowess in the Goulburn Valley, and the siblings showed why that was last weekend.
Hope, James, D’Arcy and Cal Curtis-McDonald nearly swept the board at the Wangaratta Lawn Tennis Club Australia Day tournament.
Seventeen-year-old Hope won the women’s open singles final 6-1 6-4, and Hope and D’Arcy, 19, won the women’s open doubles, 6-3 6-0.
Hope’s twin brother James and Cal, 24, were knocked out of the men’s A-grade doubles draw in their first match, but took out the men’s open doubles 3-6 7-6(4) 6-2.
Cal won the A-grade men’s singles against Shepparton Lawn Tennis Club’s Joel Bourke, 8-2, and he and Hope won the A-grade mixed doubles, 8-1.
James made it to the semi-final of the men’s open singles, but was knocked out in straight sets.
Hope and D’Arcy only had one other competitor in the women’s open singles and doubles, but there was a strong contingent of competitors in the men’s events.
‘‘It was good to actually win the open doubles because both those players were really good,’’ Cal said.
‘‘One plays Futures events and is really good and the other bloke was their club coach.
‘‘There were lots of good players in the men, so it was good to get a good hit.’’
This was the last tournament for the time being for the siblings, who are all undertaking challenges of a different kind in the coming weeks.
Hope and James will be in Year 12, D’Arcy is returning to Warrnambool to continue her law degree and Cal is planning a move to Melbourne.
Hope and James will pick up the racquet this weekend to continue their Goulburn Murray Lawn Tennis Association premier one campaign with Shepparton Bears.
The redevelopment of Shepparton Library, which will feature accessible shelving, a teen-specific area, a Skype booth and internet-enabled work stations, will be completed in the next two months.
The Ovens & Murray qualifying final between Yarrawonga and Lavington on Saturday left spectators talking more about the standard of umpiring than the two competing teams.
Greater Shepparton City Council was successful in securing the National Cutting Horse Association Victorian Futurity Cutting Horse Championships for 2014 and 2015, with this year’s event scheduled from September 10-14 at Tatura Park.
The Kiss Angels, 50 Shades of Hope team have come up with a creative way of fundraising for the Relay for Life, a purple potty.
District hotels and businesses may change rosters with penalty rates for casual employees on Sundays set to be cut.
Students visit local businesses for reading lessons
Bottle thrown at Jason Cole in bitter aftermath to Seymour-Benalla game on Saturday.
A truck driver is lucky to be alive after crashing into a Jerilderie home yesterday morning.
Chef and co-owner of Heathcote’s Willow Room Brent Loam is thrilled with the listing in the 2015 Age Good Food Guide
Cobram kids learn about health with hospital as state-wide obesity campaign is launched.
TRUCKtalk magazine all the rage with local truck drivers.
A few anxious customers were outside the closed gates of the failed Bee-Jay Machinery business on Goulburn Valley Hwy in Shepparton on Tuesday morning, wondering what would become of deposits they had paid for tractors and other machinery.
An unknown sum of money was stolen from Benalla Golf Club this morning after thieves broke into its gaming room.
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