The Border Watch : January 2nd 2014
26 TENNIS TIM DRIVER TIM DRIVER MOUNT Gambier and District Tennis Association competition is hotting up and while it has a break over the Christmas period, it’s worth looking at how the clubs have performed so far. Allendale East (1 team) ONE of the smallest clubs that used to have an A1 side and also had a number of strong senior sides and juniors is now only fi elding a women’s doubles team. These women are all that embody the spirit that is what the association is trying to revive – fun. They may not win as many games as they would like, but they do it with a smile. The future of the club is waning but there is talk of fielding another women’s doubles team next season. Centrals (8 teams) CENTRALS made the move from Penola Road some years ago and has relished the new courts on Bishop Road. It is a club that is working hard on improving. The three senior sides are very competitive with the A2 side in the top four. The future looks bright with fi ve junior teams to grow and fi ll the senior sides in times to come. Utilising the clubrooms with the soccer club should assist the club to continue to prosper. Centrals has some very handy players in its ranks including Mark Heemskerk and Aimee Marshall from the A2 side. East Gambier (1 team) LIKE Allendale East, this is one of the small clubs that is on the cusp of survival. East Gambier in recent times had a number of strong teams in senior grades but the club, like its courts, is not in good shape. It has only one women’s doubles team that is doing very well and sits inside the top four but plays at Olympic Park. Whether the club makes the courts at Margaret Street its own is yet to be seen and it will be interesting to see how East Gambier continues over the next few seasons. Glencoe (11 teams) GLENCOE used to be like Port Adelaide, you either loved them or you hated them. Fortunately those days are gone and the new kids are in at Glencoe and providing the club with a strong future and making some friends around the association. The A1 side is full of youngsters and the right seniors guiding them FUTURE STARS (from left): Stevie Collins, Phoebe Sneath and Aiden Telford are all playing pennant tennis for Mount Schank this season. can make all the difference. But Glencoe is also in the position of either getting better or fading like so many other country 26 - The Border Watch, Thursday, January 2, 2014 clubs but there are some great people at the club who work hard to ensure its prosperity. The club may need to work on increasing its juniors in the upper grades but certainly has plenty to look forward to in the coming seasons. TIGHT RETURN: Glencoe player, Bradley Mitchell. VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au Half way report card Mil Lel (14 teams – one combined) MIL LEL is one of the few clubs that is bucking the trend and has actually grown in size. It has made sure the local primary school is on board and this is certainly showing by the number of junior teams involved. There are also three senior sides (two in B2) of which one is at the top of the ladder. Two of Mil Lel’s players have not yet dropped a set in Chris Hoggan and Vanessaa Lassaline. It all shows that with recruiting, getting children involved and creating the right atmosphere, including the improvement of the courts, will help the club continue to be a player. Moorak (2 teams) JUST on the outskirts of town Moorak is also a club that can go either way. Its B1 side is very competitive sitting in the top four and its B2 side is also just out of the fi nals. How long Moorak can continue is up to the committee and players but it too, like Mil Lel, maybe needs to work in conjunction with the local school to see if it can recruit some juniors and provide a future. Mount Gambier (17 teams) MOUNT Gambier is one of the major players in the association and has worked hard over the winter break to ensure it will be around for a long time. The committee has gone all out with recruiting and a sponsorship drive and is continuing to look at making some improvements to the complex. Until the last game before Christmas its A1 side was undefeated, however it will lose some big names from the top side in Griffi n and Kentish and players from the A2 ranks will need to step up and fi ll the void. How this shakes up the club is yet to be seen but will most certainly have an effect on its A2 and A3 sides come March and fi nals. Both A2 sides sit one and two and the A3 side is also in the mix. The club has some strong players in the junior ranks and most are in and around the fi nalists. In the future the Gambier courts may be the next “Olympic Park” as a tennis venue should all the smaller clubs converge into a central location like other regional centres. The future looks bright for Mount Gambier if it can maintain the momentum. Mount Schank (8 teams) MOUNT Schank Tennis Club has had a terrifi c start to the 2013-14 season. Some notable performances have come from the Boys E grade team which fi nished with a draw in its fi rst match but has won every encounter since.
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