Steffi and Jess McDonald succeed at inter-regional tennis competition

SISTERS Steffi and Jess McDonald led the Wimmera region to its sole victory at the Inter-regional Tennis Championships in Creswick at the weekend.

The two Central Park players completed a big doubles victory in the under-14 girls category, beating their opponents 9-0.

Wimmera team co-ordinator David Gove said the under-14 girls' win was one of the weekend's highlights.

Overall, the Wimmera team finished seventh out of nine teams three places below last year with the Barwon region winning 18 of 35 finals on Sunday to take out the tournament for the sixth

consecutive year.

The tournament at Mount Prospect Tennis Club featured knockout singles, doubles and mixed-doubles matches, with the 27-player Wimmera team spread across 14 sections.

Gove, who played in the over-45 men's section, said the Wimmera players were competitive across the board.

"We didn't do too badly as a team," he said. "Everyone was competitive, I think we all had a good time and the standard of tennis was really good.

"For our region, it was a pretty good effort."

Drung South's under-22 player Lachie King was one of five Wimmera players to reach the semi-finals.

Gove said it was a valuable three days for the squad's younger brigade of up-and-coming tennis stars.

"Lachie went well, he won quite a few singles matches in the under-22 section," he said.

"It was a good experience for the younger ones to see what they can try to achieve."

The other Wimmera semi-finalists were senior men's doubles pair Gove and Paul McDonald, and senior women's doubles competitors Cath McDonald and Barb Crough.

Gove said the team had a strong support base and thanked families for their commitment.

"A huge thank you to all the parents for making the effort to come across for the three days and support," he said.

Mount Prospect Tennis Club will host the inter-regional championships again next year.

Nick Duxson

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