DANIEL Smith is excited to take on his next challenge with Brimpaen Tennis Club.
Brimpaen is one of three clubs in the Central Wimmera Tennis Association that has been promoted to pennant from A Special for 2019-20.
Born and raised at Brimpaen, Smith started playing tennis as a junior for Horsham's Central Park and later joined his hometown club of Brimpaen as a senior.
"Living out in the country in a small town gives you that community vibe," he said.
"Every Saturday the tennis helps bring the community together.
"I love the competitiveness of tennis too and really love playing. It's a team sport but everyone has to be mentally prepared to be under pressure."
Smith said he was excited to play in the pennant competition for the first time.
"The team's really excited as well," he said.
"This will be another challenge for us; we've never experienced this type of competition before so it's definitely something to look forward to."
Smith's teammates are Gerard Matthews (captain), Luke Dunn, Andrew Bell, Courtney Dunn, Ebony Dunn, Hettie French and Amanda Britten.
"We play really well together. We won the A Special grand final last year," he said.
"It came down to the last four sets and we had to win three out of the four to win, so it was very close."
Tennis isn't Smith's only sporting passion. He is also involved in Horsham Demons Football Netball Club where he coached and umpires netball.
"I've always loved sport; I think netball is a good team game and so great to watch," he said.
Smith also played football when he was younger.
Players will serve up the first round of action for the 2019-20 Central Wimmera Tennis Association season on Saturday.
Brimpaen will play at home and will take on Drung South.
"I can't wait to get out there. Drung South is a really strong team so it should be a great first weekend," Smith said.
The association announced sweeping changes to the competition earlier this week.
Eight teams will compete in pennant, eight teams in A Special and 10 teams in A Grade.
Central Park and Natimuk, alongside Brimpaen, were promoted to pennant from A Special. Telangatuk East and Haven will drop down to compete in A Special.
Horsham Lawn will have two sides compete in the pennant grade. Quantong Tennis Club has not entered a senior team this season.
Teams competing in pennant will consist of three men and three women - down from eight players in previous seasons.
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