JUNIORS from across the Wimmera shook off the cobwebs of a long winter in the first round of Central Wimmera Tennis Association action at the weekend.
Six clubs are vying for premierships in 12 junior divisions, with Quantong, Central Park, Laharum and Haven all registering at least one premiership last season.
It was a great start for Central Park and Haven on Saturday, as the clubs combined to top 10 of the junior ladders after the first matches of the season. The Parkers are defending the boys 17 and under A Grade premiership and got off to the best possible start with a six-sets-to-two win over Haven.
Laharum also jumped out of the gates with a 5-39 to 3-28 win over Horsham Lawn Black to sit second on the ladder, with Ambrose Launder winning his singles and two doubles rubbers to help Laharum.
In the girls 17 and under A Grade competition, Central Park Purple also kicked off its premiership defence well with a 7-1 set score against Central Park Gold.
Sisters Steffi and Jess McDonald were dominant for Purple and easily won each of their rubbers.
The two other matches in the division were nail-biters, with Haven defeating Central Park Pink by two games and Horsham Lawn getting past Central Park Orange on the final rubber of the day.
In 14 and under action, Horsham Lawn Blue and Central Park Black played out a draw in the best boys match of the day, while Quantong dominated Haven Blue to win every set in the girls draw. Central Park also had a big win in the girls section, while Haven Red won a tough match against Horsham Lawn Purple.
In 12 and under boys A Grade competition, Jacob Butcher-Weidermann helped Haven Red to a 4-32 to 2-25 win against Central Park by playing in three winning rubbers.
In the other match, Haven Blue outclassed Horsham Lawn 5-33 to 1-23 to take top spot on the ladder.