Country Week first timers make semi-finals

Back Denise Dion, Marlene Vaness, Nicole Grimwood, with front, Gen Ryan, Pauline Downes and team captain Catherine Kennedy.

Back Denise Dion, Marlene Vaness, Nicole Grimwood, with front, Gen Ryan, Pauline Downes and team captain Catherine Kennedy.

Six tennis players from Pambula, Merimbula, Eden and Canberra teamed up to play Victorian Country Week at Albury Wodonga from 10-14 February.

Merimbula Tennis Club members Catherine Kennedy, Denise Dion and Nicole Grimwood teamed up with Marlene Veness and Gen Ryan who play at Pambula and Pauline Downes of Canberra.

Tennis Victoria Country Week is a week long tennis event held in Country Victoria in early February of each year. This year the grass courts at both Albury and Wodonga were in use for the entire week as teams in multiple divisions battled it out for a place at the top.

Teams play first to eight games with a tie-break at seven all.

As a first-time effort the Pambula Merimbula Tennis (PMT) team members were thrilled to make it into the semi-finals of their division.

On Wednesday the team was placed fifth but a determined effort on Thursday morning saw the team jump into third place after an 8-0, 8-0, 8-0, 8-2 win.

In the semi-finals the team wasn't able to break through although Gen Ryan and Pauline Downes put up a tremendous fight in over 30 degrees of heat to take one of the sets.

The annual event sees 1500 players converge on the host town to participate in tennis on court and social activities off court for the week long event. All tennis is played on natural grass courts. The near 100 courts are made up of permanent grass courts and neighbouring football ovals.

Next year the tournament moves to Swan Hill.

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