TENNIS in the region is ready to begin for the 2017/18 season, with the Campaspe Tennis Association kicking off this weekend.
Seven clubs return to the CTA, with Echuca Lawn, Echuca South, Elmore, Lockington-Bamawm United, Rich River, Rochester and Colbinabbin returning to compete in this years competition.
Campaspe will run two senior competitions, with eight teams fielded in section 1 and six in section 2 of the seniors.
In the juniors, seven teams will be fielded in Junior A, 17 in Junior B, and 8 in Junior C.
Senior competition will take place at 1pm on Saturday’s, while the juniors will take place from 9am that morning.
All four senior Echuca based teams will begin the season in close proximity, with Echuca Lawn taking on Echuca South 1, and Echuca South 2 and 3 also squaring off in the opening round.
Rich River’s section 1 team heads to Rochester, while their section 2 team hosts LBU.
Echuca Lawn president Brian Gledhill said the club is excited to return after a long winter.
‘‘There’s a lot of vibrance around the club, with Echuca South coming down to our facility, there’s a lot more people around. With the two teams in the juniors, it means the courts will be full all Saturday’s.’’
For Echuca South president Daryl Poole, increased numbers and a new facility means a bright outlook for the new season.
‘‘All teams are up and raring to go for the new season. We think it’s going to be really great on the court and off the court.’’
Rich River president Andrew Crossman, who returns to the court himself this season, says the size of the competition will result in high quality tennis.
‘‘I think it all looks pretty positive, with Campaspe we have teams in section one and section two. We’re probably pleasantly surprised with how many teams there are (across the competition). ’’
The season will run until mid December before taking a brief break, but will return in January, with the season finishing with finals in March.
The Goulburn Murray Lawn Tennis Association also begins its season this weekend.
The competition features four members of the Campaspe Tennis Association, with reigning Campaspe premiers Echuca South making the transfer, and Echuca Lawn, Rich River and Rochester all taking part in both competitions.
This provides the clubs an opportunity to field teams in a higher league, in order to further expand on their skill set.
Crossman said it will be a great opportunity for the clubs players to learn.
‘‘We’ve got a really young side going to section two there. That’s going to be challenging, but the whole idea around that is its another learning curve for them.’’
The Riv will be providing weekly scores and match reports on the CTA, as well as our local teams in the GMLTA.