Barwon inter-regional tennis winners for sixth time 

BARWON is the Victorian Country inter-regional tennis champion for a sixth year in a row.

The Geelong-based region blitzed its rivals at the Mt Prospect Tennis Association’s courts at Creswick, where the event will again be played next year, over three days.

Barwon yesterday won 18 out of 35 finals.

Host team Central Highlands also enjoyed significant success by taking out four finals and being runner-up in three others.

The overall victory marks the 12th time in the past 15 years that Barwon has taken the overall honours – with another streak of six titles in row in 2000-2005.

“We have a very tight-knit group that is dedicated to the success of our region,” Barwon team director Michael Mullen said.

“There are several high-quality players in our team who could be out playing points tournaments at the moment, but instead they have preferred to play here with their region and support their team.”

Final club standings: Barwon, Goulburn, Central Highlands (most improved), Loddon Campaspe, Mornington Peninsula, South West, Wimmera, East Gippsland and Northern Mallee. 

In a further boost to the host’s exposure and infrastructure, Mt Prospect has been received $100,000 grant from the Victorian Coalition Government for the resurfacing of four of its hard courts.

Construction is expected to begin in September-October this year and finish in time for next year’s inter-regional championships, which, in an unprecedented turn of events, will be held at the same club for consecutive years.

“We’ve been trying to get this grant for years and its wonderful for the club that it has finally come to fruition,” Mt Prospect Tennis Association president David Hay added.

“We will now have 29 courts of the highest quality, and we are looking forward to hosting the 2015 championships,” he said.