2017-18 Central Wimmera Tennis Association junior round 1 | Section One Open review

TOO STRONG: Brayden Helyar, pictured in action last season, was unable to help his team win its first match of the season against Natimuk.
TOO STRONG: Brayden Helyar, pictured in action last season, was unable to help his team win its first match of the season against Natimuk.

THE opening round of the Central Wimmera Tennis Association junior season commenced on Saturday. 

Central Park White was the team that had the biggest win when it faced club counterparts Central Park Blue in Section One Open. 

The team was led by Jack Pidgeon and they won four sets and 31 games to Zac Dufty’s men two sets and 25 games. 

Pidgeon and Jackson Price partnered up to take on Dufty and Logan Casey on the first rubber and secured the first set win, six games to four games. 

Alex Goldsmith partnered with Pidgeon to secure the second set win against Dufty and Tyler Pidgeon. 

They won six games to one game. 

White won its third set on the third rubber. 

Blue came back with two consecutive set wins but Goldsmith was too good for Tyler Pidgeon on the final rubber, he sealed the victory for White. 

Central Park junior co-ordinator Cassie Pymer said the first round of the season went well. 

“All the kids ended up where they were supposed to be,” she said. 

“It always takes the kids a couple of weeks to get to the level where they should be.” 

In the closest match of the open section Natimuk had a four set win against Haven Black. 

The team, led by Zach Smith, defeated Brayden Helyar’s troops four sets and 27 games to two sets and 24 games. 

Natimuk won the opening set by three games, Black fought back and won the second set by four games. 

Smith featured on the two following rubbers and won as a partner to Jackson Walsgott and as a single. 

Haven junior co-ordinator Rebecca Bird said every junior enjoyed themselves on their first outing of the season. 

“Everything went well, there were a few hiccups at the start,” she said. 

In the final game of the open section Haven Green managed a four set win when it came up against Horsham Lawn. 

Green won four sets and 29 games to Lawn two sets and 20 games. 

Association president Kate-Lyn Perkin said went to every court a junior match was being played except for Quantong and St Michael’s in the opening round. 

“Some kids showed really good sportsmanship which was really good to see.”

This week:

Section 1 Boys 

Haven Black v Haven Green, Central Park White v Natimuk, Horsham Lawn v Central Park Blue. 

Section 1 Girls 

Haven Purple v Natimuk Gold, Natimuk Blue v Haven Pink, Quantong Black v Horsham Lawn, Central Park v Quantong Red.