Tennis: Central Highlands' most-improved award

THEY may not have been the biggest winners at the Victorian Country Inter-regional Tennis Championships, but members of the Central Highlands district have plenty of reason to celebrate after claiming the most-improved award at yesterday’s conclusion of the titles.

Central Highlands’ strong junior contingent proved its worth, taking out victories in the boy’s under-12 singles, girl’s under-14 as well as the under-16 mixed doubles.

James O’Sullivan upset Barwon’s number-two seed Billy Spicer in the under-12 boys singles while Samantha Huggett defeated Isobella Collett in the final of the under-14 girls singles.

Tynan Haintz and Hannah Heath won the under-16 mixed doubles title, but the biggest surprise of the tournament came from Geoff Reese and Fiona Williams, who ousted number-one seeds David Starling and Sharon Clement in the senior mixed doubles.

The victories, combined with the regions three losses in yesterday’s finals, propelled it into third spot on the ladder – behind only Barwon and Goulburn in the overall standings.

“There were a lot of good finalists and a lot of good winners for Central Highlands – and it was important that we put in some good performances as hosts,” Mt Prospect Tennis Association president David Hay.

CENTRAL HIGHLANDS FINALS:

Boys under-12: James O’Sullivan (CH) d Billy Spicer 10-4

Boys under-12 doubles: Josh McPhee, Billy Spicer d Hugh McManus, James O’Sullivan (CH) 9-4

Girls under-14 singles: Samantha Huggett (CH) d Isobella Collett 10-8

Under-14 mixed doubles: James Holgate, Taylah Hayton (Loddon Campaspe) d Tim McConchie, Samantha Huggett (CH) 9-5

Under-16 mixed doubles: Tynan Haintz, Hannah Heath (CH) d Bailey Harris, Sarah Trower 9-4

Men’s senior doubles: Bruce Ferguson, David Starling d Russell Edwards, Geoff Reese (CH) 9-5

Senior mixed doubles: Geoff Reese, Fiona Williams (CH) d David Starling, Sharon Clement 9-5

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