Staying alive: Josh Bavich and several other Campaspe tennis stars were still alive in the Goulburn Valley Tennis Tournament, with finals scheduled for late Tuesday. Photo by Cath Grey

GV tennis tournament

Josh Bavich and Isabella Crossman were set to challenge for titles at the Goulburn Valley Open Tennis Tournament late on Tuesday.

Crossman and Bavich combined in the mixed doubles event, but both were involved in all three open divisions of the annual Shepparton tournament.

Bavich was still alive in the open men’s singles event at the time of publication, having beaten Patrick Ikin and Aidan Kindler in the preliminary rounds to reach the semi-finals.

Bavich and Deagan Tomkins were also in the semi-final of the men’s doubles yesterday, having won their opening two rounds.

Crossman partnered with Queensland’s Emerson Jones and late on Tuesday they were on their way to featuring in the final of the women’s doubles.

The 14- and 15-year-old had an opening round bye, but won their quarter-final match 6-2, 6-1 and were drawn to play their semi-final against Nicole Mullen and Zoe Theodorakopoulos.

Crossman was one of several Campaspe tennis stars to compete in the tournament, along with Tomkins, Bavich, Silas Kingma, Eli Kingma and Ayla Kingma.

Crossman won her opening round of the open women’s singles 6-2, 6-0 against Taya Powell, before losing 5-7, 6-3 to Mullen.

She was competing with Bavich in the open mixed doubles, the pair winning 4-0, 5-3 to set up a match with Eliza Long and Jarrod Bingham. That match was scheduled for 6.30pm on Tuesday.

Ayla Kingma and Sera Karakassis were still alive in the 15 years girls’ doubles, while Eli Kingma and doubles partner Kade Starling took the doubles title in the 10 years boys’ event.

Eli was also involved in the nine years boys’ competition.

Silas Kingma contested the open singles, doubles and mixed doubles events.

Tomkins lost his first round open singles event, but was alive with Bavich in the final at the time of publication.

Holidays Hot Shots

Tennis Australia and Echuca Village Tennis Club are offering the ANZ Hot Shots program to interested school-aged children during January.

This program is offered as a fun introduction to tennis and will include warm-up activities, skills development and an opportunity to play games.

The program will be introduced to parents by Tennis Victoria professionals and then offered over three sessions to participants.

It begins at 9am on Wednesday, January 12, at the tennis courts on the corner of Mitchell and Simmie Rds, Echuca Village, at a cost of $2 a session.

All racquets, balls and equipment will be provided by Tennis Australia.

For further information contact Judith on 0408 140 199, Robyn on 0490 011 063 or John on 0448 836 248.

Echuca Bowls Club

Echuca Bowls Club has two significant tournaments in January, with the Caledonian Hotel-sponsored Open Two Bowl Triples event on January 16 and the Ladies’ Consistency Breakfast Fours on January 19.

Breakfast for the ladies’ fours will be at 8.30am and bowls is at 9am. Entries for both events should go to Rhonda Gallagher on 0448 400 051.

The Ladies’ Club Championship singles final is to be played on Wednesday, January 12 at 4.30 pm between Pat Schram and Leica Roney.

It would be great to have as many spectators as possible attend.

Moama Roll Up bowls

Moama Bowling Club will host six sessions of a new lawn bowls program designed specifically for 12- to 17-year-olds.

Roll Up is a program supported by Bowls Victoria and was created with the help of VicHealth to promote accessible sport for children. It is a fun, fast and social program designed for youngsters who want to give lawn bowls a go.

The program will start on Wednesday, February 16, and run each week from 5pm until 6.30pm at the rink in Shaw St, Moama.

For more information about the event, anyone interested can contact Frankie Hocking on 0477 150 450.