Five players from Goulburn-Murray will try their luck against a strong field in this year's Cobram Labour Day tournament.By Marc McGowan
Shepparton’s Jarrod Bingham leads a five-strong Goulburn-Murray contingent in the men’s open singles at the 88th Cobram Labour Day tournament this weekend.
The 23-year-old joins Nick Fenaughty, who has ties to Cobram and Nathalia tennis clubs, Echuca’s Regan More, Kialla Park’s Cal Curtis and Shepparton’s Nick Gattuso in the draw.
Shepparton’s Hope Curtis-McDonald is the region’s top chance in the women’s open singles, which also includes Echuca’s Leanne More.
Bingham is not foreign to success at Cobram, having made the open singles final four years ago, the open doubles decider with Fenaughty three years ago and the open mixed doubles final with Josie New last year.
He starts against talented 18-year-old No.
‘‘I watched him last year and he can hit some amazing shots, but that’s all right — it’s a good match first up,’’ Bingham said.
‘‘Hopefully, he’s not quite ready first up and I can sneak a win.
‘‘I generally play quite attacking and that’s got to be what happens against him, otherwise he’ll hit a lot of winners against me and make me look silly
Bingham will again partner Fenaughty in the doubles and, like the Shepparton player’s singles, they take on a seeded opponent in Chanchai Sookton-Eng and Andrew Zelea.
‘‘It seems like the two people we’re playing are beatable. I played one of the guys (Sookton-Eng) in the singles last year in the first round and got through him,’’ he said.
‘‘They’re two Melbourne guys, so, hopefully, they’re not used to grass, especially in doubles, so we’ll just see how we go.
‘‘When you’re unseeded you expect if you don’t play a seed in the first round, you definitely will in the second round and that’s why you look forward to these tournaments — there are good players there.’’
Bingham and New will attempt to go one step further in the open mixed doubles.
The man who beat Bingham in the 2009 Cobram singles final, Ashleigh Janke, is back after skipping last year’s tournament.
‘‘It’s an event I’ve had the most success at on a personal level, so I’m definitely looking forward to it,’’ Bingham said.
‘‘It’s one of the three bigger tournaments — along with Shepparton Easter and inter-regionals — that I get ready for and this is the one I’ve had the most success at out of the three.
‘‘It seems like it will be another strong tournament.’’
Police have released an image of a man they wish to speak to following an incident at SPC Ardmona in Shepparton, involving a package later found to be non-threatening.
Most people at the J C Lowe Oval left on Saturday evening talking about the game but not the result. Pigeon Coach Chris Kennedy summed up the feeling adequately when he said after the game; “it was a frustrating game, but my players weren’t responsible for the frustration.”
The move to extend the Tatura War Memorial area and honour Victoria Cross hero Robert Mactier with the erection of a statue in the Hogan St gardens named in his honour, continues.
A Kyabram man who struck a cyclist on Echuca-Moama bridge with a beer can thrown from the vehicle he was in was convicted and fined $400 in Moama Local Court on Wednesday.
A Rochester mother told a health forum about the devastating effect drugs have had on her family.
Over six hours of junior football is scheduled for Kyabram Recreation Reserve this Sunday.
Ten people were injured after Two Australian Light Armoured Vehicles (ASLAV) collided during a training course at the Puckapunyal Military Training Range in on Wednesday, May 22.
The Finley Apex Sports and Community Centre has secured a $500,000 grant from Regional Development Australia.
A purpose-built bike, equipped with amateur radio, will be on the O'Keefe Rail Trail tomorrow.
Cobram residents John Anderson and Ian Cobb will race down memory lane this weekend when they compete in the annual Historic Winton.
Deniliquin Fire and Rescue's open day has been hailed a success by captain Bill Muirhead.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) is investigating incidents of abortion or still-births under the Lamb and Kid Mortality Surveillance Project.(LKSMP).
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