Central Wimmera Tennis Association makes changes in bid to boost numbers

WINNERS: St Michael's won their third straight Central Wimmera Tennis Association pennant championship in the 2017/18 season. Picture: ERIN WITMITZ
WINNERS: St Michael's won their third straight Central Wimmera Tennis Association pennant championship in the 2017/18 season. Picture: ERIN WITMITZ

THE Central Wimmera Tennis Association has welcomed by-law changes following its general meeting on Wednesday night in an effort to maintain and increase player numbers. 

The biggest change sees all sets in the senior grades besides B Special moved from nine-game sets to eight.

The association’s president  Kate-Lyn Perkin has been reinstated for another year. She said all the changes reflected a need to build senior player numbers.

“Last year we increased our junior teams by four teams but our senior numbers deceased, so we want to build up our senior numbers,” she said. “Changing to eight-game sets brings us in line with the rest of Victoria but it will also shorten days, which could make it easier for a lot of players.”

Other changes will see junior tennis sections two and three change from teams of four players to teams of three.

“That will hopefully help encourage more teams to form so the juniors aren’t playing the same people all the time – it’s also the same as section one and section one open,” Perkin said.

A motion was put forward to move junior tennis permanently to a Friday night but it did not pass through.

“There are pros and cons for having tennis solely on a Friday night, but clubs can still organise Friday night tennis whenever they like,” Perkin said. “Any tennis teams can play on any day that they would like, which will hopefully decrease the amount of forfeits.”

The start date for the 2018/19 season has not yet been set.