Tennis returns in October

Seymour Red players Max Hooper, Lachlan Hardman, Seth Burgess, James Hardman, and Flowerdale players Viv Phelan, Jeanette Kamar, Ashley Cook, Jason Young after their section two grand final to finish off the 2019-20 Mitchell District Tennis Association summer season.

Competitive tennis is returning to Mitchell Shire for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic caused play to halt in March.

The Mitchell District Tennis Association’s senior competition resumes on Saturday, October 10 after its Tuesday and Thursday night competitions were suspended.

The association’s Saturday competition was postponed just before its grand finals were due to be played in March, but they were able to be completed on Saturday.

Broadford defeated Kilmore in the section one grand final, with Kilmore unable to play due to having players in metropolitan Melbourne.

In section two, Flowerdale defeated Seymour Red 6/48 to 0/17.

MDTA president Lisa Kelly said while the association’s winter season was cancelled, it was organising the upcoming summer season.

“All clubs were closed for quite a few months, but recently we have been allowed to resume coaching on a two-to-one basis and social play singles,” she said.

“With the recent changes to regional restrictions, we are allowed coaching on a 10-to-one basis and doubles social play. Competition is now allowed with very strict restrictions.”

The assocation and its clubs are adhering to all restrictions, with everyone wearing face masks except the players on the court.

The Broadford District Junior Tennis Association was also affected when play was stopped with only its grand finals to be played.

They will now be played on Saturday, October 10 at various clubs across the district before a new junior season starts on Saturday, October 17.

Kelly, who is also the secretary of the BDJTA, said it has been difficult for club tennis coaches with coaching not allowed until restrictions were eased.

“It has really affected all our players, but especially the kids. With no school or sports it has been very difficult for everyone. We can’t wait to be back playing again,” she said.

“If you are interested in playing in any of our upcoming seasons, both junior and senior please contact your local club.”