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Summer serve sweat

Updated: Oct 20, 2021

LODDON tennis associations are waiting on the State Government to announce details of when summer sports can start their seasons.

The first rounds of play in the Loddon Valley and Inglewood associations would normally be just weeks away.

But in the roadmap out of COVID restrictions announced at the weekend, an indicative date was only announced for indoor sport.

Loddon Valley president Carl Chamberlin said play would normally start on the second weekend in October.

“We held our annual meeting last week on zoom and now we’re just waiting to see what will be allowed for community sport,” he said.

“The plan is to play two full rounds plus finals.”

Carl said the draw would be released shortly for the seven-team competition.

Clubs in 2021-2022 will be Lake Meran, Yarrawalla, Mincha West, Calivil, Calivil North, Dingee and Raywood. Bears Lagoon will again not be fielding a team.

In the Inglewood association, president Rob Senior said arrangements for the season, including the draw, would be made at a meeting of club delegates on October 4.

He said Wedderburn club had again committed two teams (Wedderburn Junction and Fenton’s Creek), Inglewood two (Powlett and Loddon Eagles) plus Serpentine and Korong Vale.

Rob said the association clubs were also wanting to involve more people this season.

“The call is out to players to be part of our new season. It’s so important that community sport continues in our towns,” he said.

“It’s a great social opportunity for players of all ages and helps boost mental health of people in our communities.”

Rob said the Inglewood association would again be running senior and junior competitions.

“We’re aiming to start on the third Saturday in October. There will be three-week break over Christmas-New Year and finals late February, early March.”

Meanwhile, Boort Lawn Tennis Club has decided that competition will start in the new year.

Alister McDougal said social tennis would be played until Christmas. “With the uncertainty around COVID restrictions and the likelihood of a good harvest in the area, we’ve decided to follow the same path as last season for our competitions,” he said.

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