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News from 2015 – May 2017 below:

Hay Tennis Club News 28th May: Riverina Tennis Success
Tennis NSW led by Jaslyn Hewitt in conjunction with the planning of South West NSW held a tremendous weekend in Wagga attended by the Regions top 60 junior players which included boys and girls in four age groups. As well as the beneficial coaching with a number of coaches also assisting and giving their expertise-the students also  performed drills and fun games. There were coaches sessions as well as Club Reps gaining the latest procedures from Tennis NSW.
The 8 Hay players also participated in the strong Sunday tourney with good results.
Night Comps
The Mens and Womens night competition finals are scheduled this week.  The womens  A grade defending champions Hay Servies Club made the final to play Saltbush Motor Inn who gained sufficient points with Sue Hanna starring.  The Hills Corner Store made the C final when last week comprising Grace Christensen and Darcie Hedt gained a 6/5 6/2 win against the Japps Pharmacy team who narrowly missed  the final by one point to the Hay Newsagency team.
In the mens competition 92 Computing will play Meggs Transport who edged out Auscott for a finals spot. The individual points has now finished with Jensen Hargreaves following his results last week overtook  Tom Lugsdin, Dylan Lund and Steve Longworth, to finish on top of the competition.
Wednesday Morning tennis will resume this week at 10am.
The wednesday arvo junior singles competition has proved popular with maximum usage of the courts. This will be the last week of play with another planned to start at the end of July.- Good wins last week went to Sophie and Ryan Curtis, Jimmy and Archie Houston, Emerald Headon, Dan Jamieson and Hilton Hargreaves
Weekly Awards
The Crightons Rural award this week go to Hay Tennis Members Jack Headon (Hay Public School) and Tom Davies (Sth Wagga Public School) for last week being in the winning Riverina AFL team that won the  PSSA State Championships from 13 teams held in Parkes.  Jack Headon is also a member of the Hay Public School tennis team which has reached the Riverina semi finals to play the winner of the Parkview/ Temora clash while Tom Davies is a member of the Sth Wagga tennis team who have actually reached the final winning the other semi against Howlong.
The Foodworks award goes to Bohden Learmonth (St Marys Hay) who also contested the AFL tourney in Parkes for the Polding Catholic Diocesans team and following this tourney he was named in the state team to play in Darwin.
The Agflite award goes to Jensen Hargreaves continuing his unbeaten run in Riverina tourneys winning the strong Wagga tourney on the weekend as well as winning the individual points at Wednesday night mens tennis competition.
Hay Tennis Club News 21st May: Sunday Junior Tennis in Recess
It was a fabulous morning of Sunday junior tennis activities on the weekend. There were a number of groups formed in the two time-slot sessions with 19 players involved with our three coaches. Best of the high school group were Michael Ashcroft, Wil Jamieson, Alex Haidy and Jo Wilson. Another group were getting plenty of rallies in Lucy Shea, Indyanna Wilson,Jonty Woods and Dan Jamieson. The early session saw some good performance activities to Jack Booth and Mackenzie Weeks. Sunday morning juniors will now break until the 16th July and in the meantime those of sufficient standard able to serve can participate in the popular Wednesday 5pm singles competition which will go for another two weeks.
Well done to Sophie and Ryan Curtis who made the trek to Tumut for their junior tourney and performed well.
This weekend a number of Hay players have been selected to participate in the Regional Development day followed by the strong Wagga tourney the following day. Congratulations to the 8 Hay players for their selection in the south West NSW squad of 64 players the day being headed by Jaslyn Hewitt.
Temora Junior tourney is on June 4th
A critical meeting was held during the week to look at a number of concerning matters which included the Clubs financial situation.  Annual memberships fees for the ensuring year have increased mainly to offset increasing costs and are currently being distributed offering prompt payment discounts.
Annual sponsorship packages are also being sought if anyone is interested for the new financial year.
Tennis NSW has increased its annual affiliation fee which includes Public Liability Insurance and has added new demands to Clubs including the amount of data required in registrations. Fortunately we have Lani Houston spending many hours on this and it would be interesting to know how other Clubs are coping. Deniliquin is not affiliated yet the club seems to run well.
Wed Tennis
Wednesday morning tennis will resume 31st May at 10am
Night Comps
Both the womens and night competitions continue with good tennis including the Wednesday singles. Current grade leaders in the womens are A grade Servies Club, B – Hay Jewellers and C Hills Corner Store and in the mens 92Computing with Tom Lugsdin now outright indiviual  leader and in the singles Alex Haidy
Weekly Awards
The Crightons Rural award goes to Alex Haidy for his top play at Sunday morning and Wed arvo tennis. The AgFlite award goes to Sam Davies for her valued tennis administrative work  including web updates. The Foodworks award goes to Allen Dwyer for not only two good set wins on Wednesday night but his good fair attitude each week on the court and  gives away a few years to his opponents.
Hay Tennis Club News 14th May: Night Tennis Comp Results
Both the Monday night and Wednesday night tennis competitions are producing both a wonderful competitive and social atmosphere.
The closest match in the womens competition was the B grade win by the Hay Jewellers team of Kim Curtis and Sharyn Headon 4/6 6/3 against the Lani Houston Consultant team while another match in this grade resulted in the Nicolas Royal beating the AgFlite team 6/1 5/6
Other close matches saw the 92 Computing A grade team win 6/2 4/6 against Elders, while in the Cgrade the Japps Pharmacy team of Julie and Maddie Doidge came from behind to beat Wooloondool 2/6 6/1, and  the Hills Corner Store team of Kim Biggs and Kerrie Summers had a tough 6/4 6/5 win over the Hay Newsagency team.
In the Mens competition the outright leaders are now 92 Computing and Auscott, while in the individual points Tom Porter and Lani Houston now join Dylan Lund, Andrew Davies and Tom Lugsdin as equal leaders. Team results were very close resulting in a 7/6  two 7/5s and  7/3 scorelines in the four matches. With only 8 teams competing gives the opportunity for many players, nearly all juniors, to play the singles competition utilising all the courts from 5 pm.  Winners were Joseph Wilson, Indie Maree Edwards, Corbin Headon and Sophie Curtis with Kyle Mitchell and Alex Haidy combining to have a doubles win. Well done to Will Simpson and Jack Headon also combining for doubles due to the availability of courts. Ryan Curtis and Hilton Hargreaves played a brilliant draw. There are now two vacancies in the singles competition for the next two weeks if anyone wishes to join.
Sunday 21st May will be our last morning activities until July. Players enjoyed the two groups conducted on mothers day and a big thank you to the coaches for their organising.
The Hay public School has reached the semi finals of the Riverina section and will now  play the winner of Parkview and Temora schools match.
Wednesday mornings
A good number enjoyed the social tennis on Wednesday utilising two courts. However there will be no play now for two weeks due to the number of players  who will be away.
A critical committee meeting  has been called for this Friday at 5.30pm at the Clubhouse to discuss a number of issues including Club Finances, Annual Memberships, Tennis NSW new requirements, key personnel absences, and other matters.
Weekly Awards
The Foodworks, Crightons Rural and AgFlite awards this week go to Dylan Lund and Tom Lugsdin for their good play and temperament in Wed night play as well as to Ryan and Sophie Curtis, Jimmy Houston and Hilton Hargreaves in the junior singles competition.
Hay Tennis Club News 7th May: Good start to night tennis
A pleasant start was made to the new  autumn short night competitions with the Monday women receiving 20 team nominations covering three grades.
There were three drawn matches contested. In A grade the newly promoted B grade premiers Elders team of Elie Jamieson and Kirsten Hutchings had a 6/3 3/6 result against the Murphys team of Kate Murphy and Bronwyn Hicks with 92 Computing also drawing 6/4 4/6 against the Servies team. In B grade a tough draw match of 5/6 6/5 was fought out between  Nicolas Royal Motel  (Carol Huggins and Lisa Headon) and O’Briens Fertilisers (Hilton and Jensen Hargreaves)
The Mens Wed night competition attracted an entry of 8 pairs contesting a teams doubles competition where partners are swapped after the first set and also has 20 players mostly juniors playing a singles competition. Tapper Ag, Auscott, Meggs Transport, and 92 Computing won their opening matches with individual maximum points scored by Dylan Lund, Steve Longworth, Andrew Davies and Tom Lugsdin.  Singles winners were-Corbin Headon, Kyle Mitchell, Will Simpson, Jack Headon and Dan Jamieson
Sunday Morning junior tennis will be on this weekend and the following week- Sundays 14 and 21 May at the normal time sessions of 10am and 11am  and then will break and not resume until the middle of July. In the break period Jess Weeks , Immy and Sara Molloy will continue their private coaching.
Well done to Maggie Biggs, Immy Molloy, Ryan and Sophie Curtis who played the Albury Junior Series finishing near the top of their groups.
Wed Morn
A good start was made to the introduction of Wednesday morning social tennis for all grades with 7 playing. Play commences at 10am for two hours if anyone is interested.
Weekly Awards
The AgFlite award goes  to the Bidgee Motor Inn team of  Dan and Trish Jamieson in winning the delayed last seasons B Res final against the Foodworks team of Casey  and Tamara Wade  the score 6/4 6/5 with the Wade sisters  getting the Foodworks award. The Crightons Rural Award goes to Ruby Stewart who played so well in the  mens teams tennis having a 7/2 win for Auscott against the Hydes Plumbing team, sharing the award with Kyle Mitchell who had a good 4/1 4/3 win over Joseph Wilson in the singles competition.


Hay Tennis Club News 30th April:  Autumn Tennis Comps Commence

The Autumn tennis competitions to go for five weeks commence this week, with three grades formed for the Monday  womens night.
The delayed C grade womens final match from last season was interrupted by rain with only one set completed with a 6/1 win to the HPS Gold team of Sue Murphy and Sherelle  Shea against the HPS Red team. The players agreed to abandon the match.
There will be no competition play in June with the annual singles to commence  from the 17th July.
Mid Week
Wednesday morning tennis is returning to the courts with anyone keen for a game to suit all standards are welcome. Session time will be 10am to noon for a $5 cost to commence this week from 3rd May.
A pleasant morning of junior activities in the two groups was held on Sunday morning with some good shots in the 10am session noted by Jack Booth and Dan Jamieson and a great tussle in their group was contested by Zoe Handford and Rachel Taylor. In the 11am session some nice rallies were made by Lucy Shea, Michael Ashcroft and Navieen Singh.
There will be no Sunday morning play this coming Sunday the 7th May with the coaches unavailable and the Albury Tourney on. Activities will resume the following week with the program on the web. Players keen to participate in the Regional development day in Wagga on Saturday 27th May must register this week- Wagga will host a junior tourney on the 28th May.
A number of Hay players played the Young Tourney on the weekend with Jensen Hargreaves winning his group making it three out of three following his Griffith and Hay success. Hay also got three runners up in their groups Kenny Hargreaves, Sophie Curtis and Brad Callaghan.
Weekly Awards
The Crightons Rural and AgFlite awards this week go to the four women who braved the weather to complete one set in their delayed C grade final before being washed out-the players from these teams were Sue Murphy, Sherelle Shea, Kerri Mijok and Carol Oataway
The Foodworks award goes to Beth Schiller in organising Wednesday morning play back to the courts and hoping there will be a response with all players welcome.



Hay Tennis Club News 16th April: Services Club and Elders take out top grades in Womens Tennis

The A and B grade finals were played producing some top tennis.  The B Res and C grade finals will be played on 24th April when school resumes.
It couldnt have been any closer in the A final when the Services Club team of Jess Weeks and Paula Comb lost the first set 5/6 stuck with it to win the second 6/4 and came home with the tie breaker decider 7 points to 4 against the Saltbush Motor Inn team of Lani Houston and Maggie Biggs.
The B grade final was won by the Elders team of Kirsten Hutchings partnering Elie Jamieson who hadnt played much tennis while she was away at teachers training. The team played brilliantly winning many of the long rallies to  score a 6/1 6/2 victory against the steady Hay Jewellers team of Kim Curtis and Sharyn Headon.
Entries are now being taken for the next competition to commence with some matches on the 24th April and others commencing 1st May  to run for 5 or 6 weeks.  There will be no competition play in June for both women and men– maybe some social nights. Similarly the next mens comp will commence on the 26th April.
Lani is planning a coaching clinic for next Tuesday and Wednesday probably 9.30 to 12.30 –bookings with Lani 0408932161
Weekly Awards
The AgFlite award this week goes to Lani Houston for her involvement in Hay Tennis, spending many hours in coordinating meetings and following up planning –recently with Dylans Fundraiser and then the Annual junior tourney and congratulations to her for recently passing the practical assessment for junior development coaching held in Melbourne. Lani is well on the way in gaining her certificate III in Sports Coaching and at present is coordinating Hays involvement in a Tennis NSW development weekend and tourney  to be held later next month in Wagga involving juniors, parents and coaches.
The Crightons and Foodworks awards go to the night comp winners Ellie Jamieson, Kirsten Hutchings, Jess Weeks and Paula Comb.



Hay Tennis Club News 9th April: Night Tennis Finals

The Womens tennis competition has moved to the finals, with the mens competition now completed for the term.
There were top semi final matches played last week  some needing to go to tiebreakers.
In A grade the Hay Services team of Paula Comb and Jess Weeks won 6/5 0/6 and tie breaker decider (7/5) against the Shear Outback team of Sue Hanna and Kenny Hargreaves with the other semi won by Saltbush Motor Inn team of Charlotte Mc Gillvray and Maggie Biggs 6/2 6/4 against the Crightons team of Jacqui and Jensen Hargreaves.
B grade saw the Elders team of Kirsten Hutchings and Ellie Jamieson win 6/3 5/6 (7/3) against the Lani Houston Consultant team of Sophie Curtis and Maggie Biggs with the other semi being won by the Nicolas Royal team of Kim Curtis and Sharyn Headon 6/1 6/3 against the Hay Jewellers.
B Res saw the Bidgee Motor Inn team of Trish and Dan Jamieson winning against the AgFlite team of Jenny Dwyer and Verity Auldist 6/1 6/2 with the other semi going to Foodworks Casey and Tamara Wade 6/4 6/5 over the IGA team of Ellen Zambon and Delesa Payne
C grade semi results were Hay Public School gold of Sue Murphy and Sherelle Shea win 6/0 6/5 against the Hay Newsagency team of Anna lilburne and Sue Parslow with the other semi going to the HPS red team of Carol Oataway and Kerri Mijok 6/1 6/1 over Hay Motors
The A and B grade finals will be played this week with the BRes and C grade finals after the school holidays as per the draw sheet times.
The A grade winners were settled by top of the points ladder being 92 Computing of Steve Longworth Geoff Chapman and Lani Houston and similarly the junior grade Murphys Clothing of Kenny and Jensen Hargreaves. The C grade was won by Hydes Plumbing of Phil Shea and Alex Haidy.
The B grade played a final won by the Saltbush Motor Inn team of Max and Jack Perrignon  6/3 3/6 (7/5) against the Nicolas Royal team of Peter Davies and Paula Comb
Deniliquin will host its annual tourney over Easter which includes junior events and promises to be always good tournament. Junior events are !6s and 14s and there are grade as well as veterans.
Sunday morning activities in Hay resume on April 30. The Thurgoona tourney which has been cancelled is likely to be replaced with another Wagga tourney which will also include some coaching development and drills for both students and coaches with Lani following up this information.
Congratulations to both the Hay High Schools boys and girls teams both losing in the final round of the South West Riverina Zone recently held in Barham.
Teams were boys- Pacey Marks, Kenny Hargreaves, Ferg Cattanach and Alex Haidy and girls Maggie Biggs, Heidi Stephens, Ruby and Hannah Stewart
The Tennis Club was saddened to learn the passing of one of its Hon Life Members – Keith Brown. Keith was a strong and proud supporter of Hay Tennis and had served as President , Secretary and Treasurer of the Hay Club.  He would always attend the annual open tournament to witness some matches have a chat  and be up to date with club facilities and players.
Weekly Awards
The Foodworks and AgFlite awards this week go to Max and Jack Perrignon who have gone from strength to strength each week to take out the B grade mens night competition title.
The Crightons Rural award goes to Maggie Biggs who was a member of the successful High School team, performed well at the recent Hay junior tourney, played two semi finals night womens comp in two grades and played the wednesday mens night comp as a substitute. She is returning to tennis after a lay off with knee surgery.



Hay Tennis Club News 2nd April:  Junior Tennis Tourney great success

The annual hay junior tennis tourney attracted exactly 50 players – which included 31 visitors across the Riverina including Victoria. The standard varied from the best juniors in the South West to beginner  players playing their first tourney with all players playing within their grade.  A good atmosphere, assisted by the many volunteer workers made the day very enjoyable finishing at 2pm. Congratulations to the winners and runners ups as well as all those who participated in supporting the tourney. Tennis NSW officials were very impressed and assured Hay will be hosting another next year. The next Series tourney this year is at Young on 30th April (Sunday morning activities in Hay also resume on this day).   Albury will host their series tourney on the 7th May ( the Thurgoona tourney has been cancelled).
Night competitions
The miserable weather conditions last Monday saw the night cancelled although later that night conditions turned good but the call had been made. A big program has been scheduled this week particularly for the womens with only a handful of mens matches planned.
Eight towns including Hay will contest the over 35yrs intertown day in Griffith on Sun June 25th with Hay team skipper Anthony Slattery advising teams will consist of four men and four women and it is hoped this will be an annual event. Anthony has all the information available for further enquiries.
Weekly Awards
The AgFlite award goes to all the volunteer workers at the Junior Tourney ensuring its success to be included in next years calender. The Foodworks award goes to Olivia Huggins and Skye Lilburne  for their tourney play as well as being in the Hay Public Schools team that defeated Lake Wyangan and Griffith East teams during the week to advance to the Riverina semi finals.
The Crightons award goes to Charlotte Mc Gillivray of Gunbower Victoria who had success in the 14s girls. She is the daughter of former Hay girl Vicki Edwards and grand daughter to Mick and Shirley Edwards. While in Hay Charlotte will play the  Monday night womens comp.

Hay Tennis Club News 26th March: Annual Juniors Tennis Tourney on  Sunday

The Annual Hay Juniors tourney as part of the Riverina Series 10 tourneys will be conducted on Sunday. Not many entries have been received to date but many are expected this week with entries closing midday Friday. Last year 41 players played the Hay leg ( 22 Hay Players and 19 visitors ) Hopefully a good entry will be received otherwise Hay could be in danger of losing its status of hosting a tourney next year. This would disappoint President Warren who has put so much work into conducting this tourney over the years and unable to be here this year.  Leeton, Narrandera and West Wyalong have lost their hosting, suspected due to not getting good number entries in recent years.
Tennis NSW insists on the online registration system but if players find it easier can contact Tony 0419571292. There are different age groups and grades so that everyone can have a go and enjoy. Play starts at 8.30 (arrive 8.15) and should conclude from 2pm.  A working bee has been called for 10am Saturday for a couple of hours to get the clay courts and area ready.
Congratulations to all those people involved in running a fabulous fundraiser day on Sunday for Dylan.  President Warren currently in Westmead has expressed his sincere thank you to all those who attended , organised, donated and assisted in any way for the day. He also wishes to add  thanks to  Can Assist for their ongoing assistance.
Night Comps
There will be a general bye this week in the mens competition.  Winners last week were Auscott, Hydes Plumbing, Hills Corner Store,in the C grade-with Murphys Clothing and Saltbush Motor Inn in B grade. The A grade winners were Tapper Ag and Hay Shire.
The Womens competition across all grades continues to produce exciting matches. Only 8 matches have been drawn this week due to the high temperature predicted with all teams not qualifying for the semi finals receiving byes. All 28 teams however will play on the last night the 5th April before school holidays start.
Weekly Awards
The  Crightons Rural, Foodworks and AgFlite awards this week go to all the persons involved in the successful fundraising day.
Hay Tennis Club News 19th March: Fundraiser Day Sunday
The Dylan Ilic Tennis Fundraiser Day will be held this coming Sunday 26th March. The fundraising is in support of our tennis club president Warren Hunt and his family who are at Westmead with Dylan.
The day will commence from 11am and conclude at 3pm with a $2 entry to play in  a fun day of tennis with all ages and abilities welcome. A number of fun activities are being planned and players have the option of social play, fast tennis or a social hit. Fast tennis is likely to include the American Round Robin doubles format where you can enter with a partner or request a partner to be played in various grades. There will be a canteen, BBQ lunch,raffles and prizes. Donations for slices,cakes,raffle and prizes are  welcome and to contact Barb Woods or Jess Weeks.
Annual Hay Junior tourney
The following Sunday 2nd April Hay will host its  junior tourney as part of the 2017 Riverina Series tourneys. This weeks practice for the tourney can be done at the fundraiser day instead of the Thursday session. Five age groups in various grades will be held from under 10yrs upwards. A working bee will be organised to get the clay courts and area up to scratch.
Sunday Morning Juniors
Our best attendance for the year was held on Sunday for the two sessions with Immy and Sara doing a great job with Lani away. Cherokee Dixon organised some good competitive sets.
The Sunday programme will break for five weeks and resume after the school holidays but all are invited to play the fundraiser day with the better ones then to play our  junior tourney.
Night Competitions
Some exciting matches were noticed last week and in the womens A grade the Hay Tourist team of Donna Wade and Liz Moorhouse came from behind to beat the Crightons team 5/6 6/3 and in B grade The Hay Show Society team of Jill Chapman and Sue Clancy drew with Lani Houston Consultant team of Lani and Sophie Curtis 6/4 4/6. In B Res the IGA team of Ellen Zambon and Deleesa Payne also came from behind to beat the AgFlite team of Verity Auldist and Jenny Dwyer 4/6 6/2.  In C grade the HPS team of Sherelle Shea and Sue Murphy had a tight 6/5 6/2 win over the Japps Pharmacy team of Maddie Doidge and Will Jamieson.
Mens winners were 92 Computing, NRMA, Saltbush Motor Inn, Anthony Hydes Plumbing and Nicolas Royal Motel with also some good drawn matches.
Weekly Awards
Charly Moorhouse wins the AgFlite award for helping out in an extra match last week due to a time confusion. Penne Bolitho wins the Crightons award for her ongoing assistance to new players and to Tyler Higgins the Foodworks award to a  splendid debut to tennis.
Dylan Ilic Tennis Fundraiser Day and in support of Tennis Club President Warren Hunt and Family

Hay Tennis Club Sunday 26th March

11am – 3pm

$2 Entry to play in fun day of tennis

All ages and abilities welcome

Canteen, BBQ lunch, raffles and prizes

All money raised goes to CanAssist

Donations for slices, cakes, raffle and prizes welcome. See Barb Woods or Jess Weeks with your donations

Hay Tennis Club 10th March: Tennis Fund Raiser Day Planned
A Tennis Fund  Raiser day has been planned for Sunday Mar 26th  for our young  tennis warrior Dylan Ilic who is currently having treatment at Westmead Hospital and being cared and supported there by President Warren and Marina. Thank you to all the tennis players and many other supportive people in purchasing raffle tickets organised by the Cricket Club in raising monies to assist towards the families expenses. Can Assist has been magnificent in their assistance.
Night Competitions
Night competitions continue to be very pleasant.The closest match in the womens night was the B grade Hay Jewellers team of Sharyn Headon and Kim Curtis winning 6/5 6/5 against the Pynors Accountants team of Jane Weymouth and Lily Tassell. The match of the night in the  mens competition with the draw change was  the Bindari  B grade team upsetting the NRMA           A grade team 6/4 6/5 . With accidents, sicknesses and work committments two matches were changed from doubles to singles matches with Alex Haidy beating Phil Shea 6/5 6/2 and Will Jamieson drawing with Joseph Wilson 6/5 5/6
Practice will again be held on Thursday from 4.30 to 5.30 organised by Lani, to all the players who will give play the Hay Open Junior Tourney on Sunday 2nd April. Maggie Biggs Brad Callaghan and Olivia Huggins last Thursday were hitting some nice shots.
The over 35yrs intertown match in Griffith in May or June with a number or Riverina towns competing looks like it will go ahead with Anthony Slattery leading the Hay charge and taking further team nominations and enquiries.
Weekly Awards
Debbie Woods a good mate of Warren Hunt wins the AgFlite award for her inspiration in kickstarting our fundraiser day.  Bede Schiller wins the Crightons Rural award for stepping up in Warrens absence to spend a day in getting our courts roller ready for use for the coming junior tourney. Tom Porter wins the Foodworks award for his brilliant play in the mens night competition against an A grade team ensuring his ongoing physio treatment is working and will continue.


Hay Tennis Club 5th March: Night Tennis High Standard
Last weeks night tennis competition matches for  both mens and womens nights across all grades were of a good standard. In fact four matches just finished under the maximum time duration of the  one and a half hours limit.
There were three drawn matches with points shared. In B grade the Lani Houston Consultant team of Lani Houston and Sophie Curtis had a good  standard match 6/4 4/6 against the Elders team of Ellie Jamieson and Kirsten Hutchings. Two fantastic draws were played in C grade with the HPS Red team of Carol Oataway and Kerry Mijok with a one set apiece against the HPS Gold team of Sherelle Shea and Sue Murphy. The other match was a 2/6 6/2 match with Wooloondools Penne Bolitho and Isabella Handford against the new O’Briens Fertilisers team of Jacqui and Hilton Hargreaves.
The marathon close match which finished just within the time limit was in the Juniors grade when the Hills Corner Store team of Jack Headon and Will Simpson won 6/5 6/3 against the AgFlite team of Glen and Will Jamieson. The other entertaining match was the Nicolas Royal team of Paula Comb and Peter Davies winning 6/3 6/3 over Max and Jack Perrignon
Sunday morning activities in two groups enjoyed the sportsmanship and enthusiasm and this week will see an increase in participation.
The annual Hay junior Open and lets hope all our players will “give it a go” is on Sunday 2nd April– . A practice session is being organised  on Thur (this week 9th Mar from 4.30 to 5.30) for all our participants boys and girls who are entering from 10yrs events to 18yrs events for match practice and coaching tips. A meeting to finalise the tourney arrangements will be held after tennis at 12 this Sunday 12th March.
A one off day of 4 men and 4 women over 35yrs Hay team to compete in Griffith on a Sunday in May/June with other Riverina towns is being planned. So far only one man and one woman have shown interest to advise Tony by next week if Hay is to be included. Also if any men who are keen to travel to Deniliquin next month for a return mens match are also asked to contact Tony.
We hope to sell many raffle tickets this week for the fundraiser for young Dylan our tennis warrior. The raffle  being organised by the Hay Cricket Club will be drawn this weekend.
The Tennis Club hopes to have a special day for Dylan on Sunday Mar 26th following Sunday morning activities and to finalise this at our meeting.
Weekly Awards
The Foodworks award goes to Glen Jamieson who successfully doubled up in two grades in Wed night tennis while the AgFlite and Crightons awards went to Casey and Tamara Wade winning a cliffhanger against IGAs Ellen Zambon and Tamara Wade

Hay Tennis Club 26th February: Pleasant Start to Night tennis

Night Tennis Competitions commenced under pleasant conditions to both the Women’s and men’s competitions last week.
The final acceptance is 28 teams participating in four grades with the majority receiving byes last week due to other functions on. Maggie Biggs organised the seven scheduled matches with the A grade matches  resulting in one set each but narrowly won on points by Murphys Clothing Company and Saltbush Motor Inn with Bronwyn Hicks going well. One B grade match was played with the Elders team of Kirsten Hutchings and Ellie Jamieson prevailing over the Nicolas Royal team of Lisa and Jack Headon 6/4 6/1.  A good standard B Res win went to the Foodworks team of Casey and Tamara Wade 6/2 6/3 over AgFlite while the Bidgee Motor Inn team of Trish and Dan Jamieson made a nice debut to this grade with a 6/2 6/3 win. IGA’s Deleesa Payne and Ellen Zambon made a strong return to tennis with a 6/3 6/0 victory. In C grade the Hay Newsagency team of Anna Lilburne and Sue Parslow had an enjoyable match to win 6/3 6/2 against Auscott
Due to the heat only 4 matches were scheduled all at 7.30 with some good standard seen. The final entry is 18 teams in two grades as well as two junior divisions with the draw appearing on the web before Wednesday. One A grade match was held with the 92 Computing team of Steve Longworth and Geoff Chapman winning 6/4 6/1 against the Hay Shire. Best of the B grade matches saw a great match win by Bindari –Bede Schiller and Tom Porter 5/6 6/4 against the Nicolas Royal team of Peter Davies and Paula Comb and the out of retirement combination of Max and Jack Perrignon for the Saltbush Motor Inn win 6/4 6/2 against Wooloondools James Goh and Lani Houston. Glen Jamieson and Ryan Morrison were stroking the ball nicely in the other match.
Congratulations to Jensen Hargreaves who has been selected in the 4 boys 4 girls team to represent the region in State under 12s competition. Eimer Gogarty of Deniliquin is one of the girls selected. Jensen on Sunday won the Griffith 12s boys with Skye Lilburne runner up in the Girls 12s and Brad Callaghan runner up in the 14s boys. In fact all the hay players performed well – these players were Immy Molloy,Kenny and Hilton Hargreaves, Sophie Curtis and Dan Jamieson.
The Goulburn 5th Mar, Yass 12th Mar as well as Hay 2nd April tourneys are scheduled.
Sunday morning activities resume this coming Sunday 5th Mar from 10am the first session.
Fund Raiser
The Tennis Club is very pleased to assist the Hay Cricket Club who are organising a wood raffle to help raise funds for Warren Hunt and family in support of grandson Dylan. All funds raised will go towards Can-Assist.
Weekly Awards
The AgFlite and Foodworks awards go to Chuck Harrington and Garry North for their innovation in organising a raffle for proceeds to assist  Warren and family. The Crightons Rural award goes to Jensen Hargreaves for his continued junior success.
Early stages at this point of time –but is Hay interested in forming a four men and four women over 35yrs team to play in Griffith for one day in May /June against teams from Leeton, Narrandera, Darlington Point and a combined Ardlethan and Temora.  Let Tony know asap.

Hay Tennis Club 19th February: Night Tennis underway this week

The Monday nights women’s as well as the Wednesday night men’s competitions are commencing this week with a handful of matches scheduled and many teams receiving byes.
Twenty six teams are contesting the women’s night in four grades with  the men’s night receiving an entry of 14 teams placed into adults grades and juniors divisions.
All details which includes the draw are shown on the clubs website.
Country Week
From reports received the Hay men’s teams performed quite well in the Victorian Country titles with one team reaching the finals. Congratulations to the Hay players Damon and Anthony Slattery, Peter Marks and Greg Stewart who were joined by ex Hay players and mates from Wagga to enjoy five days of competitive and enjoyable tennis at Yarrawonga.
Barellan Masters
The annual popular Barellan Veterans Games which includes tennis will be held Fri 24th Feb and Sat 25th , in various age divisions from 35years upwards.
A great start was made to our 2017 Sunday morning tennis activities on the weekend with the coaches implementing their latest teachings from their Aussie Open conference. Numbers were low but activities and games full of enjoyment. Good shots were noted by  Hannah Jamieson, Bailey Neill and Michael Ashcroft.
There will be no tennis this coming Sunday 26th Feb due to the annual Griffith Tourney. A bus to Griffith has not been organised with all players travelling in cars.

Hay Tennis Club 12th February: Night Comp Entries close Wednesday

Entries for the forthcoming night competitions close Wednesday  15th Feb to commence from the 20th Feb to run for 5 or 6 weeks. Entries can be accepted online or contact Tony Callaghan with entries received so far listed on the clubs web.
Country Week
Good luck to the Hay teams competing in the Victorian Country titles in Yarrawonga this week.
Sunday morning junior activities commences this  Sunday 19th Feb with 10am and 11am sessions with full details on the web.
Well done to the 7 Hay players who competed at the Wagga Juniors on Sunday 12th Feb these being Immy Molloy, Maggie Biggs, Kenny Hargreaves, Brad Callaghan, Skye Lilburne, Sophie Curtis and Hilton Hargreaves. The day was well run headed by Wagga coach Matthew Hort who is competing for  the Hay team in Yarrawonga.
Well done to Jensen Hargreaves and Brad Callaghan competing strongly at the Polding Diocesans competition in Newcastle with Jensen narrowly missing selection for the Polding team State Championships. He is currently competing in the ACT super 10s comp over a number of selected weekends.
Congratulations however goes to Bohden Learmonth and Ruby Cattanach also competing in Newcastle at the Polding cricket competition and being selected (and Bohden as captain) in  the team for the state titles.
The Hay Public Schools tennis nominations for the Western Riverina squad to be held in Deniliquin was postponed due to the heat.
The next juniors series  tourney is at Griffith on Sun 26th Feb. Players requiring bus or car transport are to contact Tony by Sunday.
Hay Tennis Club 5th February: Local Tennis Restarts soon
Tennis activities will commence soon after nearly a two month break of night competition. Entries for the forthcoming Monday Night womens and girls and Wednesday night mens and boys close online or contact Tony 0419571292.  Competitions will commence from Monday 20th Feb and players can enter with a partner or request a partner. A number of players for the mens competition have already entered individually to be placed into a team.
Sunday Morning junior activities in two timeslot sessions which includes “ hot shots “ with players placed into their school year/ ability groups will commence Sunday 19th Feb.
This Sunday 12th Feb the Wagga Junior Development tourney is on with enquiries to Lani or Tony with entries needing to be finalised this week. On Sunday 26th Feb – Griffith will hold its tourney so if interest is sufficient we will organise a bus again this year.
Hay and Young have swapped dates with Hays tourney now on 2nd April and Young on the 30th April.
Good luck to the eight players representing the Wilcannia /Forbes Diocesan team in Newcastle this week with Hays Jensen Hargreaves and Brad Callaghan in the team as well as former Hayite Ellen Dolbel now of Parkes.  Jensen will return via Canberra where he will compete in the Super 10s.
Good luck to the Hay Public School pupils who are competing in Deniliquin this week for western Riverina selection.
Court Hire
Court hire is organised with Tony or Jo Davies in his absence. Some membership renewals are well overdue so non members rates will apply, as well as members or green Pass rates.  All details of contacts and costs are advised at the courts hire sign.
Hay Tennis Club 29th January: Riverina players go well at Aussie Open
Sam Groth early childhood Narrandera and then later growing up in Albury performed well particularly in mens and mixed doubles. He had suffered injury in these past 12 months and now is climbing the ladder again. Former Hay Club Sports  Person of the year David Mabon admitted he had trouble in his junior days returning his serve which later developed to the worlds fastest- maybe still is.
Waggas 16yrs old Kaitlin Staines  one of about four Australians to play the junior singles narrowly lost to Indias Zeel Desai in three sets in the first round with Desai going on to a quarter final. It only seems like the other day that Staines was playing the  Hay juniors Isabella Tumolero, Amelia Maynard and Yolanda Miller at the Hay and Leeton  junior tourneys. Josh Staines (Kaitlyns brother ) also a good player is currently highly performing in junior cricket in the riverina.
The Aussie Open had some good comeback results.
Night Competitions
Night competitions will commence middle February after school resumes
Sunday morning will also recommence middle Feb
Wagga is the first of the junior tourneys on 12thFeb with enquiries to Tony

Hay Tennis Club 22nd January: Hay preparing for Country Tennis Week

Hay will again field two mens teams for the 2017 Victorian Country week which includes some southern and border NSW teams.
The magnificent Yarrawonga Tennis Club will host this years titles with Shepparton, Wodonga and Swan Hill having hosted  recent years. Around 1200 players will take part in the week long event starting on February 13.
Hay teams have again been graded into C1 and C3 despite its last years C1 team losing the final and missing promotion to B grade. Last years C3 team also reached the finals series so both teams are looking to go better this year.  The squad of Hay players comprise Anthony Slattery (this years organiser) Peter Marks, Damon Slattery, Greg Stewart with ex Hay-ites- Gavin Mather, Derek McFarland and Mark Hutchings. They will be joined by a number of players who compete at the Annual Hay Open, namely  Brad Davis, Matthew Hort , Chris Kendall and Pat Dwyer all of Wagga as well as Griffiths Mark Gibbs. Teams require 4 players per match with maybe two matches per day.
Some top entertainment has been organised for the week with Club Mulwala hosting an 80,s night to include well known Aussie 80s artists from bands Uncanny X Men, Kids in the Kitchen & The Chantoozies. Boat afternoons and BBq s are also planned with all players  excited about this years event
Aussie Open
A number of Hay people have attended or are attending the Australian Open in Melbourne . All have commented on the improved facilities including childrens activities, entrances, seating, shade, communication etc with record crowds again attending.


Hay Tennis Club 8th January: Jensen Hargreaves continues good form

Jensen Hargreaves continued his good form at Shepparton this time runner up in a very strong field.
Competing in the 10yrs and under division he won four of his 5 round robin matches to come second in his group to qualify for semi finals. His group match he lost was a 6/0 to Maita Munyimani who at this very young age has an Australian computer points ranking. Jensens semi final win was a 6/2 against the other group winner, and of course he met Maita again in the final but only narrowly lost this time 6/4.
The Shepparton junior tourney was graded a Silver standard. Gold is the highest standard with a handful of these played across the country with Bronze the third level. The Silver standard attracts some of the best players coming from three states as well as the ACT. and even some overseas players.
Brother Kenny Hargreaves who competed in the 12 yrs and under at Shepparton and Brad Callaghan who competed in the 12s at the Albury tourney  also a silver standard found the going tough but were not disgraced and both gained some valuable experience.
Players compete in these gold, silver and bronze tourneys usually after competing well  in the  junior round robins day tourneys held throughout the region. Hays Junior Development tourney this year is scheduled for the Sunday 30th April with Wagga hosting the first for the year on Sunday 12th Feb.
Coaching Camp
From reports given every one had a great time at the coaching school held last Thursday and Friday. Thanks also goes to Maggie Biggs and Shayla Weeks for assisting and there were some good photos on the clubs facebook.  Lani, Immy and Sara are now off to attend a coaching session in Melbourne.
Its that time of the year with a lot of tennis being played around the country with the worlds best coming to Melbourne for the next two weeks. Recently three very exciting finals were contested when Argentina won the annual  Davis Cup (Mens) competition for the first time with a close 3/2 win against Croatia . The Czech Republic again won the Fed Cup (Womens) title also with a close 3/2 win against France. However France took out the Hopman Cup (Mixed) with a 2/1 win against the USA
Weekly Awards
Jensen Hargreaves takes out this weeks Foodworks award while the Crightons Rural and AgFlite awards go to our 5 coaches who conducted the holiday camp


Hay Tennis Club 1st January: JUNIORS COACHING CAMP

Lani Houston ph 0408932161 with Sara Molloy ph 0499025849 and Immy Molloy are conducting a summer camp on Thurs and Fri this week the 5th and 6th January in three age groups.
9—10am :–5yrs to 8yrs
10-11am :–8yrs to 10yrs
11-12noon: 10yrs to 12yrs
Prices per session are members $10 and Non-Members $15
There will be limited numbers per group so prior bookings are essential. And this enables the coaches to work out their program well in advance.
For further information and to register contact Lani or Sara.
Following the camp the three coaches will then attend a coaching conference in Melbourne
Check out the Hay Tennis Club Facebook
Good luck to Catherine Carroll in her new venture  having departed Hay after finishing her teaching at the Hay War Memorial high School at the conclusion of the 2016 school year.
Catherine was a good competitor in our night competitions and her excellent tennis style and standard won her club championships in singles and  doubles with Kate Murphy as well as mixed with Darren Rose.

Hay Tennis Club 17th December: January junior tennis Coaching School

Sunday Morning and Friday Junior activities have now finished for 2016 and will resume in February.  In the meantime  there will be one mini coaching school being organised by Lani Houston in early January to be held probably over two days in various groups  for a couple of hours with the precise details still to be worked out. Lani as well as Immy and Sara Molloy will later attend the Australian Open as well as a coaching program to gain valuable coaching updates. Its good to see Maggie Biggs back on the court following her recovery period after her leg operation.
Private individual or group  coaching is still currently  being conducted by four of our coaches who will even get busier now the school holidays have commenced.
Court hire enquiries can be made to Tony Callaghan or Jo Davies
The 2017 Tennis Club calendar is now available and looks great and a big thank you to Wendy Heerey who put so much of her time into making this calendar which is  a major fund raiser for the Club.
Congratulations again to the Riverine Grazier for its coverage to all sports in 2016  and at times with limited space. The Riverine Grazier takes out this weeks Foodworks, Crightons Rural and AgFlite awards.


Hay Tennis Club 11th December: Womens Tennis Finals Completed

The last of the night competitions was held when the womens finals in four grades  and some play off matches  were successfully completed.
Results A grade   Hay Shire           Jasmine Gregory and Heidi Stephens   def    Hay Motors             Paula Comb and Julie Lawrence   6/3 6/0
             B grade  Japps Pharmacy  Leonie and Emma Laracy                      def   Hay Tourist Centre  Liz Doidge   and Donna Wade      6/0 6/2
             B Res     Elders          Kirsten Hutchings and Gemma Tassell        def   Pynors Accountants Jane Weymouth and Lily Tassell   6/5 6/4
             C grade  Bidgee Motor Inn      Trish and Dan Jamieson                 def   Auscott               Will Jamieson and Grace Weymouth  6/2 6/4
The Mens last night involved challenge matches for those interested with the combination of Damon Slattery and Nick Robertson winning the A and the combination of Jake and Toby Whitehead taking out the B.
Sophie Curtis gained some valuable experience,in the team of four girls representing South West in the state teams 10yrs competition recently held in Bathurst.
Congratulations goes to Jensen Hargreaves who took out the 10yrs event in the strong classic Shepparton tourney played on grass a surface he has only played on at Albury so what a fantastic effort.
The club still has plenty of tennis stock available with racquets etc maybe a christmas gift.
Weekly Awards
The Foodworks,and  AgFlite  awards this week go to Heidi Stephens, Emma Laracy , Gemma Tassell and Dan Jamieson our four junior players who were part of the four winning teams and the Crightons Rural award goes to Jasmine Gregory, Leonie Laracy, Kirsten Hutchings and Trish Jamieson the four senior partners of the winning teams who encourage their junior partners.


Hay Tennis Club 4th December: Hunt remains tennis president following a good year

Warren Hunt was re-elected as tennis president unopposed at the clubs AGM with Brett Hargreaves as the new face on the executive joining Wendy Heerey as a vice president.
Jacqui and Kenny Hargreaves join the committee. Annual reports were detailed advising another successful year however it was heard the Club was financially struggling,still paying back loan monies for the courts resurfacing together with all the clubhouse improvement costs incurred in the last financial year and continually facing ongoing  increased costs  with the club still maintaining the same tennis fees it has charged for some years now.
Warren Hunt continued his success when he and Tania Stephenson took out the 2016 mixed title when they won a good entertaining  final 6/4 6/3 against Dylan Lund and Heidi Stephens.
Other good mixed wins on our last night of competition were by Jack Cattanach and Hannah Stewart, Mick and Ruby Cattanach, and Xavier Molloy and Teresa Mirabelli
The mens winners following a fabulous competition with a good atmosphere involving 17 teams were NRMA in A grade comprising Warren Hunt and Dylan Lund, with Booroorban and Hay Shire equal second following last weeks final round- in a very close grade.  In B grade the Hills Corner Store team of Dylan Lund with Kenny Hargreaves subbing for Tobye Deaton won the final 6/4 against the Pynors team of Brad Callaghan and Jensen Hargreaves subbing for Trent Wall.  In C grade the Bidgee Bobcat Hire team of Craig and Joseph won their final 6/5 against the Hay Fish Shop team of Alexander Haidy and Kyle Mitchell. The pick of the play off matches was the Will Simpson and Daniel Stewart subbing for Jack Headon for the Pevensey team winning 6/4 5/4 against the Phil Shea and Joseph Prochilo Elders team.
Some players are very keen to get another match this week Wed 7th Dec  so three matches have been organised so far –and any further interests from anyone, please let tony know by the Monday night with the draw appearing on the web on Tuesday. Matches will be 7.45pm
Top semi final matches were the order of last weeks play with two matches being determined by a tie breaker after sets were one each. In B grade Delilah Crighton was subbing for Liz Doidge partnering Donna Wade for the Hay Tourist team when they won a very close 7/4 decider against the Hay Jewellers team of Kim Curtis and Sharyn Headon. In A grade the Hay Shire team of Jasmine Gregory and Heidi Stephens  after losing the first set to Murphys Clothing Kate Murphy and Hannah Stewart came bouncing back to take the second set and tiebreaker.
The Juniors mini Tourney winners on Friday were Indi Maree Edwards and Alex Haidy.
Sunday Morning held its last sessions for the year with a nice attendance in  both the groups with all  players receiving some good end of year prizes. Some of these players have now reached sufficient standard to commence in the next  Fri. arvo juniors comp.  Sunday morning will break now and recommence in February – in the meantime it looks like Lani will organise a January holiday camp.
Weekly Awards
The Crightons Rural, and  Foodworks  awards this week go to our regular Sunday Morning coaches Lani Houston, Sara and Immy Molloy as well as our backups Jess Weeks and Maggie Biggs who have done 23 various Sunday mornings sessions since February and can now have a well earned  Sunday Group break for seven weeks.
The AgFlite award goes to our ongoing President Warren Hunt and who also spends a lot of time with the juniors.
Hay Tennis Club 27th November:    Mixed and Mens tennis to finals
The finals of the mixed and mens tennis  competitions will be played this week. The womens semi finals are scheduled with the finals to be played 5th December.
Due to the extreme Monday heat a number of match starting times were adjusted or cancelled with only 10 matches played. Well done to all the participants.
Following this round semi finalists were established and are scheduled this week with a few play off matches . Eight teams will receive byes. The pick of last weeks matches was the 2/6 6/1 win of Hay Jewellers Kim Curtis and Sharyn Headon in B grade against the Saltbush Motor Inn team of Sue Hanna and Ruby Stewart. Also in the same grade there was a 3/6 6/3 draw between the Hay Show team of Jill Chapman and Sue Clancy with the Japps Pharmacy team.
The mens finals and playoffs are scheduled this week. The individual winners have now been established following the ordinary rounds with winners being A grade – Warren Hunt  one point ahead of Shane McGufficke, B grade Dylan Lund two points ahead of Bede Schiller, Tobye Deaton and Jensen Hargreaves. and C grade Joseph Wilson one point ahead of Rowan Houston and Alexander Haidy.
The Friday mixed will be completed this week with all pairs involved in a 7.40pm start following the AGM
Jensen Hargreaves is continuing his good form. He has been participating in the Super 10s years squad of 24 boys and 24 girls representing the South East and South West NSW areas as well as the ACT these past two weekends in Canberra vying for a  team selection of 4 boys to play in Melbourne.
Jensen along with Brad Callaghan have been selected in the Wilcannia –Forbes Diocesan team along with two other boys from Warren and Peak Hill to play at the next Diocesan level in Newcastle. Former Hayites now living in Parkes- Teanau and James Dolbels daughter Ellen has been selected in the girls team.
Good luck to Sophie Curtis who travels to Bathurst this weekend with Emily Saeki and Mischa Case of Wagga and Summer Carusi of Yoogali representing the south West NSW region at the state 10yrs  titles.
Sunday Morning tennis returned with a nice number of 20 players in the two groups participating expertly organised by Sara and Immogen Molloy with tennis again scheduled this coming  weekend Sun 4th Dec
Friday junior tennis will hold another mini tourney at 6pm again in two grades this week to finish at 7pm before the AGM and mixed competition.
Weekly Awards
The AgFlite, Foodworks and Crightons Rural Awards this week go to Wendy Heerey and the six people who spent time in checking  the 2017 calender entries ready now for printing.
Hay Tennis Club 20th November: Last tennis matches scheduled before semi finals
This week the last round of both the womens and mens night competitions will be played before the semi- finals and finals. The Friday mixed will have no play this week due to St.Marys fete and will proceed then to a final and play-offs.
Only the Hay Shire A grade and Bidgee Motor Inn C grade teams are assured of a semi final spot at this stage with points so close across all grades.
The pick of last weeks matches was the B grade clash of the Japps Pharmacy mother/daughter combination of Leonie and Emma Laracy winning 4/6 6/3 against the Bidgee Bobcat and Demo team also a mother daughter combination on the night in Tania Stephenson and Karinda Deaton.  Another exciting match was in C grade when Sue Parslows Hay Newsagency team were leading 6/5 5/2 against Wooloondool when the match was finalised after the one and a half hour maximum time duration. Another B grade match with a close score was the Jacqui and Jensen Hargreaves St Marys  6/3 5/6 narrow win against the Hydes Plumbing team of Trish Jamieson and Julie Doidge.
A number of time schedule matches have changed this week due to the high temperature predicted.
The pick of last weeks matches was the close win of Tapper Ag Landmark over Booroorban with the score (you guessed it) 6/5. The top of the ladder clash in C grade was won by Lani Houston Consultant team over the Hay Fish Shop the score of course 6/5. Again the tennis was nice to watch with good rallies.
The mixed continues at a good atmosphere with the top seeds both still undefeated  advancing to the final. Warren Hunt and Tania Stephenson had a 6/1 6/3 well played win over Xavier Molloy and Teresa Mirabelli 6/1 6/3 while Dylan Lund and Heidi Stephens won a tight 6/5 6/2 against Brad Callaghan and Lani Houston. Other combinations with wins went to Steph and Ferg Cattanach, Mick and Ruby Cattanach as well as Jack Cattanach and Hannah Stewart.
Congratulations to Dylan Lund and Hannah Stewart who took out our final age group – the under 19yrs titles for 2016 with Hannah beating Sara Molloy in the final 6/3 and Dylan beating Corey Poole 6/3 6/1 in two good standard matches.
The special mini tourney was held and successfully completed after a settling down period for all other players  with two divisions of american round robin with best scores to Codey Poole, Brad Callaghan, Corben and Emerald Headon with Dan Jamieson getting the player of the tourney award.
Sunday morning resumes this coming week 27th Nov from 10am with Lani returning from attending further coaching activities in melbourne.
Weekly Awards
The Crightons Rural, AgFlite and Foodworks awards this week go to our Under 19yrs champs, Hannah Stewart, Dylan Lund, Sara Molloy and Corey Poole.

Hay Tennis Club 13th November: Top Play in Tennis

The night tennis competitions in Womens, Mens and Mixed as well as the 2016 junior singles titles continues at a top level, and entails no such thing as forfeits these days.
The pick of last weeks matches was the Hay Motors team of Paula Comb and Julie Lawrence winning their A grade encounter 6/5 6/5 over the Walgrove team in just under the time limit.
In C grade the Hills Corner Store team of Kim and Zoe Biggs won 6/5 6/2 against the IGA team. The Lani Houston Consultant team of Lani with  Sophie Curtis in B Res grade won 6/4 6/5  against the Nicolas Royal team, while in B grade Trish Jamieson with sub  Kirsten Hutchings for Hydes Plumbing won 6/2 6/3 against the Saltbush Motor Inn team.
With only two rounds to go before the semi finals nearly all teams are still in contention for a semi spot with points so close.
Both team points as well as individual points remain very even. The eight matches played last week comprising 16 sets had ten 6/5 sets results with an extremely good competitive and enjoyable night with the swapping of partners working well.
Team leaders at present are A grade NRMA and Booroorban equal, B grade Hills Corner Store and C grade Lani Houston Consultant and Hay Fish Shop equal.
Individual grade leaders are Warren Hunt, Dylan Lund, with Rowan Houston, Alexander Haidy and Joseph Wilson sharing the C grade lead.
Round three of the mixed was completed last Friday with a very social atmosphere present.
There was a draw in one match with Hugh and Delilah Crighton winning the first set 6/2 then losing the second 6/2 to Ruby and Mick Cattanach
Another exciting match was the win of Ferg and Steph Cattanach after losing the first set 6/5 to Jensen and Jacqui Hargreaves, won the second 6/1.
The under 13yrs club singles finals were completed last week again with two top matches witnessed .  Skye Lilburne notched up another junior title on the honor board with a good 6/3 win against the improved Emerald Headon in the girls match while Jensen Hargreaves completed a treble of 2016 club titles adding to his Under 11s and under 16s success by narrowly beating brother Kenny 7/5. The under 19yrs will be finalised this week in conjunction with a special mini tourney for all other players.
Congratulations to Sophie Curtis and Immy Molloy on their performances  in the state titles on the weekend  with  Sydney players proving  very strong – however Immy had a win in her last match in three tough sets getting up in the  tiebreaker 10/8.
Sunday morning activities resume on the 27th Nov. as per the juniors program.
Weekly Awards
The AgFlite award this week goes to Jane Weymouth who sorted out a number of emergency reserves for monday night tennis to ensure everyone still got a game.. The Foodworks award goes to the Cattanach family who have added flavour to the Friday mixed competition adding three teams of family members. The Crightons Rural award goes to our under 13 years champs for 2016- Emerald Headon, Skye Lilburne, Kenny and Jensen Hargreaves


Hay Tennis Club News 6th November: High Standard Junior Tennis Singles

The annual junior singles titles continues on Friday evenings with a good standard under 16yrs finals for both boys and girls played last week. Jensen Hargreaves carried through his under 11yrs title form to beat Pacey Marks 6/4 , while in the girls Immy Molloy won a good match 6/1 against Hannah Stewart with both finals producing good rallies. The under 13 and 19 years will continue this week with all players to play in the main or consolation draw and some  doubles necessary due to the large number participating. The full results will be updated this week on the website. In the meantime Sunday morning junior activities will not resume now until the 27th November.
Friday Mixed
Extra pairs, entries have been received so that this week all courts will be utilised at 7.30 with last weeks round producing a pleasant social atmosphere.
The four grades saw some top matches last week with the pick of the night in C grade with the 6/4 4/6 drawn tussle between the Auscott team of Grace Weymouth and Jamilah Pynor against the Meggs Transport team of Julianne Ray and Penne Bolitho. The A grade match saw the Hay Shire defending champions Jasmine Gregory and Heidi Stephens take the first set 6/0 only to lose the second 6/5 to the Hay Motors team of Paula Comb and Julie Lawrence. A good match in the B grade with long rallies saw a tight 6/4 6/5 win to the Hay Tourism team of Donna Wade and Liz Doidge against the Japps Pharmacy mother daughter team of Leonie and Emma Laracy. In the B res  grade the defending champions Pynors Accountants –Jane Weymouth and Gemma Tassell subbing for sister Lilly won 6/2 6/4 against the Nicolas Royal team of Lisa Headon and Carol Huggins.
Again fantastic matches were seen in the Wednesday night round  with Booroorban now outright leader in the A grade. Pynors are slightly ahead in B grade with the Hay Fish Shop leading C grade. The full details are shown on the web site.
Good luck to Sophie Curtis and Immy Molloy who qualified to compete in the state titles this coming weekend held around the Penrith area.
Last chance these next few days  to get your birthday on the 2017 calendar which is  a major fund raiser for the tennis club.
Our annual meeting will be held Friday Dec 2nd at 7.15 following the junior tennis and before the mixed matches commence.
Our new night competition rules regarding time duration of matches is working very well, and thanks go to all the players arriving early so that matches start on time.
Weekly awards
The Crightons Rural, Foodworks and Agflite awards this week go to Pacey Marks, Hannah Stewart, Jensen Hargreaves and Immy Molloy in reaching and  playing  good finals in the 2016 under 16s club singles titles.


Hay Tennis Club News 30th October: Night Tennis well underway

The Wednesday mens night competition involving 17 teams  as well as the annual mixed with an entry of 11 pairs commenced last week.
The new format mens competition commenced  where players change partners after the first set in all the three grades, with the mens (similar to the womens) also operating under the new rules match time duration where matches do not exceed the one and a half hours and no adds operate after the first set if it exceeds 45 mins.
The first set is counted for team points with both sets counting towards individual points. The A grade match between Booroorban (Geoff Chapman and Lani Houston) was of a high standard with the team beating the NRMA  Club champions Dylan Lund and Warren Hunt 6/5 with the second set also a 6/5 with Lani Houston along with Shane McGufficke from the TapperAg Landmark team leading the individual points. B grade wins went to Pynors Accountants and O’Briens Fertilisers while the C grade winners were Hay Fish Shop and Lani Houston Consultant
The Womens night competition continued with a busy schedule with results as follows—A  grade winners 92Computing, Hay Shire, Walgrove, Bgrade winners St Marys,Japps Pharmacy, Hay Show, B Reserve winners Houston Consultant, Nicolas Royal Motel and C grade winners Bidgee Motor Inn, Meggs Transport, and IGA
The annual mixed competition commenced with 4 matches played and three pairs receiving byes. There were some good pleasant matches seen with all pairs expected again this week for 7.30 pm matches.
Last friday the annual singles moved to the later start time to contest three age groups – the 12s 18s and finish the 15s and these will continue again at 5.50 pm  to finish 7.15
It was great tennis by all players with all the synthetic courts fully utilised with the clay courts not required. The 15s will be completed this week with semi finals and finals.
Sunday morning activities were cancelled due to the unpleasant weather conditions and will now resume as advertised on 13th Nov with the mini tourney for all standards to be held on this day.
Weekly awards
The Crightons rural Award goes to Will Jamieson who continually helps out at night competitions coming in as an emergency late substitute. The Agflite and Foodworks awards go to Emerald and Corben Headon who had some good results at Friday junior tennis despite not playing for some time.


Hay Tennis Club News 23rd October: Good start (except for Mozzies) to Womens tennis

A very pleasant and  great effort by all players was welcomed to the start of the new Womens night competition involving a strong entry of 28 teams over 4 grades.
With the new rules regarding the  match duration now in force nearly all matches commenced by the scheduled start time.
Most results were very close with three resulting in a 6/5 6/5 scoreline. These were an A grade match by Kate Murphy and Hannah Stewart for Murphys Clothing against the Hay Motors team of Paula Comb and Julie Lawrence. In B grade The Hay Tourist team of Liz Doidge and Donna Wade against the Hay Show team of Jill Chapman and Sue Clancy, and in C grade the Hay Newsagency team of Anna Lilburne and Sue Parslow also a 6/5 6/5 victory over the Auscott team of Will Jamieson and Maddie Doidge. The match of the night was also  in C grade with Dan Jamieson and mum Trish for the Bidgee Motor Inn team narrowly prevailing against the Woolloondool mother daughter combination of Carol and lily Huggins 6/3 6/5 the duration just finishing short of the required finishing time with the no ads system in play.
Mens Comp
Wednesday tennis will commence this week with 16 teams in three grades. This competition will entail partner swapping after the first set so not only are team points being played for but also for individual points.
Mixed Comp
The mixed competition will also commence this week with matches at 7.30 with a  number of pairs receiving first round byes.
Congratulations to Jensen Hargreaves and Sophie Curtis our 10s years and under winners for 2016. Due to the number of boys participating  a final was necessary with Jensen  defeating Ralph Robson.
The 12s ,and 18s and under will commence this Friday as well as the continuation of the 15s at the new later start time  of 6pm to 7.15 pm
Skye lilburne has qualified for the 15s girls finals series and will be joined by Chloe Weeks , Hannah Stewart and immogen Molloy as well as others who may now be available at the new start time.
Pacey Marks, Jensen and Kenny Hargreaves and Brad Callaghan as well as others now available will contest the 15s boys finals series.. The HPS players will be absent due to a school excursion.
Sunday Morning fun activities and stroke production had another great day well conducted by our coaches with Lani recently attending  the Australian Tennis coaching latest developements in Melbourne and placing these new learnings into Sundays sessions. Our coaches have that ability to sort the players into their appropriate grading groups applying tasks suitable to each group making it enjoyable. Sunday tennis continues this weekend.
Weekly Awards
The Agflite, Crightons Rural and Foodworks awards this week go to our young  stars who performed so well in our 10s yrs championships at Friday tennis. These players were Ralph Robson, Sophie Curtis and Jensen hargreaves with Sophie and Jensen also representing the region in this age group in competition and training in Bathurst and Canberra.
Once again Wendy Heerey is doing a great job in organising the 2017 community calender with birthday entries closing on the 11th Nov. This is a major fund raiser for the Tennis Club with the 2017 calender looking to be as attractive as last  years colourful one. Refer the advert in this weeks paper.
Hay Tennis Club News 16th October: Night Tennis Commences
Night Tennis competitions commence this week with a good strong entry of  27 teams across four grades for the  Monday womens night.
The Wednesday night competition this week will only contest the three delayed finals from the last term competition, as well as a trial match to utilise the four main courts all scheduled at 7pm.
The finals matches are A grade 92Computing       ( S.Longworth/G. Chapman) v Hay Jewellers        (W.Hunt/D.Lund)
        B grade Hay Newsagency ( K Hargreaves/ Cr Poole )    v Murphys Clothing ( J. Hargreaves/ L. Jones)
        C grade                  IGA      (R & J Houston )                   v Lani Houston Consultant (L.Houston/Cd Poole)
The trial match is Will and Glen Jamieson against Phil Shea and Tobye Deaton. All other players will receive byes for this night.
The Friday night mixed will be delayed to start 28th Oct so entries are still open.
The 2016 Club singles commenced on Fri arvo for the 10s and 15s divisions with the 10s to finish this week with play still scheduled from 3.45 to 5.30. The 15s will continue into a third week when the 12s and 18s begin.
Some nice shots were played in the 10s by Jo Prochilo and Sophie Curtis while in the 15s with doubles also being played the match between Indy Maree Edwards and Skye Lilburne was a nice contest in the girls with Pacey Marks and Zanda Haidy having a good match in the boys.
Despite the windy conditions on Sunday morning there was a good roll up of players with the coaches awards going to Jessica Tapper, Jacob Lund, and Jaylen Dixon in the 10am group with some good play noted by all in the 11am group.
Weekly Awards
The Foodworks , Crightons Rural, and Agflite  awards this week go to Alexander Haidy, Indy Maree Edwards and Joseph Prochilo for both their Friday arvo tourney play as well as the Sunday morning fun and development activities.

Hay Tennis Club News 9th October: Well Supported Tennis Tourney

The 2016 Wooloondool, Auscott  Hay Open and Junior Tennis Tournament was of a high standard attracting 120 players well supported by local players both on and off the courts with top assistance given in every way from volunteer workers to heaps of food donations  creating a good team effort. The tournament continues to be not only a competitive standard but maintains a special good old fashioned atmosphere catering for all grades including family events.  For the first time players came from 4 states as well as  the ACT.
The defending champion Dale Sutherland of the Yarra Junction successfully defended his title with an unusual scoreline.  After comfortably getting through four rounds to reach the final to play former  Mildura child prodigy Clinton Snell , he was down one set 3/6 and 0/1 in the second in an entertaining match when the 43yr old Snell did a hamstring and was forced to retire and finish the match.
The open women,s field this year was of a high standard involving 10 players. The talented Monique Hric of Cranbourne (Vic) won a magnificent final against the brilliant young Alana Repanich of Norwood (SA) the score being 5/7 6/4 tiebreaker 11/9 and couldnt have got any closer. Both these girls are ranked in the top 300 australian rankings.   Doubles finals were also top matches.
Hay winners were-
C Mixed –Codey Poole and Jess Weeks
12s boys doubles- Daniel Stewart and Brad Callaghan
10s  singles Jensen Hargreaves
Former Hay players Gavin Mather won the combined ages over 90 yrs. to partner Colin McKay of Victoria, while TE-Anau Dolbel won the C womens doubles with her daughter Olivia and won the Parent-Child B section with her other daughter Ellen and congratulations must go  to all the Hay players who participated some going so well.
The Annual juniors singles competition commences this week Fri Oct 14th 3.50pm to 5.30pm) for the 10s and 15s divisions with all our juniors asked to have a go and enjoy and register before 3.40 pm so the draw can be made.
Sunday morning activities resumes still at the same starting times of 10am and 11am Sun 16th.
Night Competitions
New night competitions will commence from Oct 17th for womens, mens and mixed with entries still being taken.
Weekly Awards
The Crightons Rural award goes to Steve Longworth in successfully running the Hay Open Tourney with his own developed world class computer system concluding the tourney at 3.30 pm on the Sunday. The Foodworks award goes to Dan Jamieson and Hilton Hargreaves our youngest competitors on the weekend while the Agflite award goes to Kenny Hargreave in reaching the finals of the 12s boys singles at the strong Wagga tourney  the week before.
2017 Community Calender
Birthday entries etc are now being taken for the 2017 Tennis calender.
Hay Tennis Club  News 24th Sept: High standard Womens Tennis Finals
The short duration Spring Tennis teams competitions was completed for the womens night but the mens finals night was postponed due to the weather.
Great matches were witnessed in the four finals with the A grade Hay Shire team of Jasmine Gregory and Heidi Stephens continuing their unbeaten run this time against the Murphys Clothing team of Kate Murphy and Sue Hanna. The B grade went down to a tiebreaker won by the Hay Show team of Jill Chapman and Sue Clancy against the Hydes Plumbing team of Trish Jamieson and Julie Doidge the score a marathon 6/5 5/6 and breaker 7 points to 1. It was a very similar scoreline in the B Res final when the Pynors Accountants team of Jane Weymouth and Lily Tassell came home strongly to beat the Saltbush Motor Inn team of Beth Schiller and Teresa Mirabelli  5/6 6/1 (7/1). The C grade final was also exciting with the IGA team of Shayla Weeks and Chloe Jane Simpson winning against the Foodworks team of Maddie Doidge and Will Jamieson 6/4 6/2
The three grades finals in  the mens competition will now be played in conjunction with the start of the new competition on the 19th Oct
Entries are also being taken for the new summer competitions for womens and the annual mixed competitions to commence on 17th and 21st Oct.
Hay Open
The annual Wooloondool/Auscott Hay Open and junior tourney being played over the 7,8,9th Oct. has now attracted 50 players with many more expected. The major events which carry Australian ranking points need to be in by Tuesday of this week via the Tennis Aust. website however all other events namely the graded events, juniors , veterans and parent child events can be entered through the tennis club website to Steve Longworths 92Computing section where players can note all entries received to date. Entries close next weekend.
Very few local entries  have been received at present and players are requested to give it a go to keep up a good number participation to satisfy and enable Tennis Australia ongoing approval for the Hay event which in turn benefits the town. Steve is currently running the Queensland Veterans on the Sunshine Coast but also managing the data entry for the Hay Open. Players unable to get computer access for entry can contact Tony with their details. Players indicate on their entry when they are available to play.
Anyone who can assist in any way over the weekend is asked to contact Warren Hunt.
Wagga Open
The Wagga Open is being played over the coming long weekend and good luck to Jensen and Kenny Hargreaves who are playing with entries closing tomorrow.
The Sunday morning program of dates as well as the new Friday afternoon program outlining the annual junior singles titles is now available with both displayed on the web and a copy at the courts.
Weekly awards
The Crightons Rural, Foodworks and Agflite awards this week go to those players who were playing their first final in the womens night competition and some only recently taking up tennis—these being Chloe Jane Simpson, Shayla Weeks, Will Jamieson , Maddie Doidge and Lily Tassell
Hay Tennis Club  News 18th Sept: Tennis Finals this week
Both the mens and womens tennis finals for our very short early Spring competition will be held this week.
There were some very close points finishes to determine the womens finalists with the Murphys Clothing team of Kate Murphy and Sue Hanna by half a point over The Hay Fish Shop to play the A grade final against the Hay Shire. In B Res division 2 the Pynors Accountants team of Jane Weymouth and Lily Tassell finished equal points with Bidgee Bobcat and Demolitions Tiem Wilson and Tania Stephenson but snuck in on a averages to play the final against the Saltbush Motor Inn who also just finished ahead of Lani Houston Consultant team in their division.
The mens A grade semi finals were of the highest standard— The 92 Computing team of Geoff Chapman and Tom Lugsdin won a nailbiter 4/6 6/5 and tiebreaker decider (7/5) against the Hay Shire team of  Damon Slattery and Greg Stewart- the team will now contest the final against the Hay Jewellers team of Dylan Lund and Warren Hunt who also had a good standard match win against the AgFlite team of Nick Robertson and Jack Simkin 6/2 6/4. In B grade Kenny Hargreaves Hay Newsagency team won their semi against Auscott 6/4 6/1 while  Murphys Clothing of Jensen Hargreaves and Lloyd Jones won 6/1 6/3 against Hay Fish Shop. In C grade the IGA team of Jimmy and Rowan Houston had a 5/6 6/1 win over Bidgee Bobcat and Demolition to set up a final against Lani Houston Consultant. The other match saw Saltbush Motor Inn beat Hills corner Store 6/0 4/2
Entries are now being taken for the annual mixed competition to be played Friday evenings after the school holidays with details on the web. Entries are also being received for new mens and womens competitions to start after the holidays.
Sunday morning tennis activities were washed out and will resume on October 16. The annual Friday junior singles will commence Fri arvo Oct 14 and it will be great to see all the juniors having a go
Open Tourney
The Annual Wooloondool/Auscott Hay Open and Junior Tourney will be played over the weekend 7,8,9th October  and preparations are  underway with a well attended meeing on the weekend.
Entries can be made through the Hay Tennis Club website with Steve Longworth making the Hay computer entry not difficult with enquiries to Tony Callaghan.
Weekly Awards
This weeks AgFlite, Crightons Rural and Foodworks awards go to Greg Stewart, Damon Slattery , Nick Robertson and Jack Simkin for their top play in going down in their mens A grade semi finals last week.
Hay Tennis Club  News 11th Sept: Dylan Lund and Warren Hunt win 2016 Tennis Doubles
The annual club doubles mens final was completed last week with Warren Hunt partnering 16yrs old Dylan Lund to win 6/2 6/5 against the former 2012 champions Allen Dwyer and Andrew Davies. Last years winners were Steve Longworth and Darren Rose. This marks Dylans first Hay Club title, having lost the boys 18s final last year to Bentley Murphy as well as losing another final to Digby Lilburne 6/4 in the 15s finals in 2014. Dylan becomes the first junior to win a mens doubles title since Stuart Callaghan in 1993 won the event with Peter Marks and no doubt Stuart would be very proud of Dylans effort particularly getting him started in tennis and also with a nice technique. The last junior to win an open event was David Mabon in 2007 in singles and with his sister Simone in mixed.  Warren Hunt now has  6  mens doubles titles with  3 different partners.
Stuart Callaghan has now secured some tennis coaching in Helsingborg Sweden having given his injured arm a good break and is working at one of the citys tennis centres for Robin Borg son of the legendary Bjorn Borg.
Sweden like Australia is now not a dominant force on the world tennis scene and you only have to look at the high standard USA open results this week to see the last 8 men and last 8 women quarter finalists came from 14 separate countries with the French gaining the  extra two.
Night competitions
The mens night competition has moved to the semi finals in some grades with the points, draw and times to go on the web.
The womens last round will be competed this week  before the finals and playoffs next week. The pick of the matches last week in A grade saw the mystery team of Lani Houston and Jensen Hargreaves having a 4/6 6/1 win against Murphys Clothing. In B grade the Hay Show team of Jill Chapman and Sue Clancy won 6/5 6/3 against Hydes Plumbing. In B Res the Pynors Accountants team of Jane Weymouth and Lily Tassell won 6/3 6/2 against Hills Corner Store while in C grade a great effort by the Hay Newsagency team of Anna Lilburne and Sue Parslow over the O’Briens Fertilisers
Sunday morning tennis will see another exciting mini tournament this weekend being held in both groups then we will have a three week break, due to the school holidays and the Open and Junior Tourney
Weekly Awards
The Foodworks and Agflite awards this week go to our club champions Dylan Lund and Warren Hunt while the Crightions Rural award goes to Jesse Poole who we wish success in his new work in Canberra—Jesse was a great Club person always helping out.

Hay Tennis Club  News 4th September: Mens Club Doubles to Final

Semi Final results of the Mens 2016 club championships saw Dylan Lund and Warren Hunt beat Steve Longworth and Geoff Chapman 6/4 6/5 , with Andrew Davies and Allen Dwyer winning the other match against Darren Tapper and Scott Dixon  in a very close 5/6 6/2 and tiebreaker 7/2
Meanwhile round two of the mens night teams competition results were A grade- Hay Jewellers def 92 Computing 6/3 6/3,  2Hay FM def Hay Shire 5/6 6/1, AgFlite def Elders 6/2 6/2
B grade Hay Fish Shop drew with Auscott 6/4 4/6, Hay Newsagency def Murphys Clothing 5/6 6/4 and
C grade Lani Houston Consultant def Saltbush Motor Inn 3/6 6/1, Bidgee Bobcat and Demolition beat Hills Corner Store 6/1 4/3
The Womens night competition got away to a good  start last week following the first week washout.
The closest match of the night was the Saltbush Motor inn team of Teresa Mirabelli partnering Cas Tidey for Sharon Bunyan in the B Res grade beating the former premiers  Nicolas Royal comprising Lisa Headon and Carol Huggins the score being 6/1 3/6. Other results were A grade Mystery Team def Hay Fish shop 6/2 6/4
B grade Hay Show beat Elders 6/3 6/1, Hydes Plumbing def Hay Jewellers 6/5 6/1
B Res Bidgee Bobcat Hire and Demolition  def Pynors 6/3 6/2
C grade Foodworks def Auscott 6/3 6/3, IGA def Meggs Transport 6/2 3/6
Open Tournaments
The Wagga Open will hold its annual tourney and caters for all standards and ages to be held on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of October the holiday long weekend and then later on in the week Hay will hold its annual Open and Junior tourney on the 7th, 8th, and 9th October. Hays mens 2015  singles champion Dale Sutherland from the Yarra Junction will be defending his title.
Friday afternoon tennis will begin on October 14 with the annual junior titles for the 10s and 15s age groups with details to follow.
Sunday morning junior activities had well attended fathers day sessions, with no junior tennis this weekend due to the show. Private coaching is also getting popular with all our current coaches. The Club will purchase new racquets to sell to not only the juniors but adults as well, to save people going out of town to shop. Brett Hargreaves is currently stringing racquets.
Weekly awards
The weekly Foodworks, Crightons Engineering, and AgFlite Awards this week go to Ryan Curtis, Zanda Haidy and Jacinta Hurst for their nice play and sportsmanship at Sunday morning tennis.


Hay Tennis Club News 28th August: Annual Tennis Tournament- Entries now Open

The Annual Hay Open and Junior Tennis tournament will be held over the 7th, 8th and 9th October this year with entries now being taken. Entry forms are available at the clubhouse or on the website—the tournament being again conducted by Steve Longworth. Thanks again to the major sponsors Wooloondool, Auscott and Walgrove  for their generosity in keeping the tournament going having been conducted for many decades. The tourney is a good financial gain for the town.
It looks at this stage there will be well over 100 participants with an entry of 20 junior players coming from the town of Parkes organised by coach Helen Macgill in conjunction with former Hayites James and Teana Dolbel. The Tournament caters for all grades and ages with enquiries to Tony Callaghan.
Night Competitions
New night competitions commenced last week to run up to the school holidays. A delayed semi final of the  mens club doubles titles will be played this week between Al Dwyer and Andrew Davies against  Darren Tapper and Scott Dixon.
The first night of the womens competition was called off due to the weather however a good start was made to the mens  with 17 teams competing in three grades. Results were
A grade 92 Computing def Nicolas Royal 6/4 6/4 , 2Hay Fm def Elders 6/2 6/3, Hay Shire def Agflite 6/3 6/1
B grade Murphys Clothing def Hay Fish Shop 6/4 6/5, Auscott def Hay Newsagency 6/1 6/1
C grade IGA  def  Hills Corner Store 5/6 6/2, Bidgee Bobcat and Demo def Saltbush Motor Inn 6/2 6/4
Head coach Lani was away with the Sunday morning sessions professionally run by our three teenage girls and assisted by some parents to a good number participating.
Some nice strokemaking was noted by Holly Ashcroft, Jacob Lund, Ralph Robson and Indi Wilson
Weekly Awards
The Crightons Rural, Agflite and Foodworks awards go to some of the new players who have recently started  junior sunday morning tennis and playing well-these being Josh Gardiner, Ava Stevens, and Bailey Neill.


Hay Tennis Club News 22nd August: 2016 Womens Tennis title to Jasmine Gregory and Heidi Stephens

The annual Club Championships Womens doubles semi finals as well as the final were completed last week with Jasmine Gregory retaining her title this time not  with Sophie Stephens but with her younger  sister Heidi Stephens. The pair won an exciting semi final against Catherine Carroll and Kate Murphy 4/6 6/2 and tiebreaker (7/5)  and then won an equally high standard final over Jess Weeks and Lani Houston 6/3 5/6 and tiebreaker (7/2), the latter having won their semi against Jill Chapman and Sue Clancy.

The mens titles are up to the semi-finals.

The new men’s and women’s teams competitions commence this week with the women receiving a good entry of 22 teams for this time of the year. Draws are shown on the website from the 22nd August.

The annual mixed titles in various grades will be held after the school holidays.


The Sunday morning activities involved its first mini tournament well organised by Lani, Sara, Maggie and Warren with results as follows—10am group slams

Wimbledon ——-Daniel Green winner and Sophie Corliss-Gee the Stuart Callaghan Sportsmanship award

French Open —-–Ryan Curtis winner and Josh Gardiner- Sportsmanship

Australian Open–Hannah Jamieson winner and Ava Stevens- Sportsmanship

The 11am group competitions results were

Olympics—– Brad Callaghan gold winner and Joseph Prochilo the Stuart Callaghan Sportsmanship award

Davis Cup—- Michael Tumolero winner and Indy Wilson the sportsmanship award

Congratulations to the various winners who received a Babolat shirt or cap or Hotshots Shirt. All received a hotshots keyring. Another mini tourney will be held soon with ordinary activities continuing this coming Sunday.

Due to the coaches success with numbers participating on Sunday mornings and catering for all standards, we will not proceed with the Friday afternoon competition yet and will start after the holidays. Also in the meantime junior players of a sufficient standard can enter the night competitions.

Weekly Awards

The Agflite and Foodworks awards this week go to Jasmine Gregory and Heidi Stephens in taking out the annual women’s title.


Hay Tennis Club News 14th August: Junior Tennis Players perform well at Regional Finals

Imogen Molloy 16s girls, Brad Callaghan 12s boys and Sophie Curtis 10s girls all qualified for the State finals to be played  in Sydney in November.  Players had to finish in the top three positions of their age divisions at the Riverina finals played in Wagga on the weekend to make them eligible. Both Immy and Sophie came in third spots with Brad runner up all now to  join the other regional finalists.  Pacey Marks had also finished in a top 8 position in the 14s boys to compete at Wagga but unfortunately had to withdraw through sickness after making the trip.
Former Hay junior Sarvesh Parthipan now of Boorooma was also competing in the 12s boys and played well despite not progressing to state.
Thanks to Lani Houston for her support and guidance of the Hay contingent and attending the important regional meeting to organise next years program. Congratulations to the Wagga organisers for a well run and good atmosphere finals day.
Club Championships
Both the mens and womens doubles semi finals will be held this week. Main draw second round womens results last week were –Lani Houston and Jess Weeks beat Gemma Tassell and Kirsten Hutchings 6/2 6/2, Catherine Carrroll and Kate Murphy beat Lisa Headon and Brad Callaghan ( for Carol Huggins)6/2 6/4 and Heidi Stephens and Jasmine Gregory beat Kim Curtis and Sharyn Headon 6/1 6/2
Best of the consolation matches saw a tie between Jamillah Pynor and Chloe Weeks 6/1 1/6 against Lily Tassell and Shayla Weeks
Best of the mens play-off matches saw Lani Houston and Zander Haidy win a marathon against Kyle Mitchell partnering his brother Corey as well as Mel Rowland and Damon Slattery winning 4/6 6/5 tiebreaker(7/3) against Pete and Pacey Marks
Night Comps
New night competitions commence next week from 22nd August to run for 4 or 5 weeks
Sunday morning tennis activities resume this weekend with the Friday junior competition to commence in two weeks time.


Hay Tennis Club News 7th August: Four Hay Juniors in Riverina Tennis Finals

Four Hay junior players have qualified in their respective age groups to play the tennis finals of the South Western NSW section in Wagga on Sunday. These players are Imogen Molloy 16s girls, Pacey Marks 14s boys, Brad Callaghan 12s boys, and Sophie Curtis 10s girls who all finished in their groups top 8 points position.
Maggie Biggs 16s girls and Jensen Hargreaves 10s boys also finished in top 8 but a condition of the qualification is players must play four tournaments of the nine scheduled this year.  Maggie had serious knee problems and is now recovering from knee surgery while Jensen is so talented he played an age group higher to win the only tourney he competed in. His talents roll into all sports where he has been busy competing weekly either in Hay or out of town, day sports trips.
Tennis tournaments this year were not held at our closest venues Narrandera, Leeton and West Wyalong and apart from the organised day bus trip to the Griffith tournament all other tourneys involved an  overnight stay for safe travel and preparation and this is costly. A total of 27 Hay players competed in one or more tourneys this year.
And of course two of our top tennis girls in Hannah Stewart and Delilah Crighton, along with Lily Tassell and Ellie Hicks  have just competed in the Under-15s AFL girls state titles with Hannah gaining selection in the All Australian squad. Congratulations to these girls — how good is that!  Hopefully the girls will be back on the courts for the next night teams tennis comp. with Lily already entered looking for a grudge match against her sister Gemma.
Sunday morning activities saw another good attendance with good shots in the 10am group to Mackenzie Weeks, Ryan Curtis and Dan Jamieson and the 11am session to Michael Ashcroft Will Jamieson and Sophie Curtis. There will be no activities this Sunday the 14th
Club Doubles titles
There were no womens matches due to the wet weather however in the mens the number three seeded pair in Scott Dixon and Darren Tapper had a scare when they beat Damon Slattery and Mel Rowland 1/6 6/5 and tiebreaker 7/4. Other quarter final results were Hunt/Lund beat Houston/Houston 6/2 6/2, Longworth/Chapman beat Marks/Marks 6/2 6/4 and Davies/ Dwyer beat Robertson/ Simkin 6/3 6/5. Play continues this week with a number of byes as well.
Weekly Awards
The Crightons, Foodworks and AgFlite awards go to the four girls who performed so well in the NSW under 15s AFL team State Competition and looking to play the next night tennis comp.

Hay Tennis Club News 31st July: Another Good Annual Tennis Membership

The Hay Tennis Club finished its financial year again with over 300 members very similar to last years figure. The number could fall short on Tennis NSW records with Clubs and Associations now  required to do their own imput  requiring in most cases many hours of voluntary work, which previously was performed by paid staff in Sydney. The system now insists that all boxes for each person must be completed with the Hay Club failing by about 30 -mainly persons who have left town. It was very time consuming filling out email addresses, date of birth etc however will be much easier next year.
Annual memberships for this year were required by 31st July with non-members rates now effective following the two month notice. Thank you to all the support of members with the much needed monies going towards the payment of the Tennis Club debt.
Club Doubles titles
The annual doubles titles began last week with players appreciating the six new globes making it brighter on the back courts. A pleasant start was made to both the womens and mens events where in the early rounds of the knockout events, all standards come together for clashes. Consolation groups will be formed first round losers.
A combined (B) and (C) grade group has been established in the womens to include a number playing their first tennis.
A pick of the first round womens matches were– Sue Clancy and Jill Chapman defeating Julie Doidge and Trish Jamieson  6/3 6/4 and Lily Huggins and Skye Lilburne beat Savannah Prior and Chloe Weeks 6/4 6/5
and for the men Andrew Davies and Allen Dwyer beat Trent Wall and Jensen Hargreaves 6/2 6/2
Just over 20 juniors enjoyed the weather and the two well planned and conducted  junior sessions on Sunday morning activities with special mention in the 10am session going to Holly Ashcroft, Jack Booth and Zara Prochilo and the 11amsession to Alexander Haidy, Max Corliss/Gee and Emily Hill.
Weekly Awards
The AgFlite award goes to  Jimmy Houston  having a win with his dad 6/3 6/4 in his first tennis match. Also playing a first match Mick Doidge gets the Foodworks award for a narrow loss partnering Tom Lugsdin going down to Jack Simkin and Nick Robertson.  Not to be outdone by her father the Crightons Rural award goes to Madison Doidge playing her first tennis and winning her  Womens doubles match with Will Jamieson.


Hay Tennis Club News 24th July: Tennis Club Doubles titles starts this week

The 2016 Club Championship doubles commence this week with a knockout format with first round losers going into consolation groups .
A good entry of 19 pairs has been received for the women and so far 11pairs have been received for the mens. Draw details are on the web and on the window notice board. The next night teams competitions in various grades will commence from August 22nd.
Annual memberships renewals were issued on 31st May for a two month grace period to pay by 31st July with non members rates then being effective. Outstanding membership payments will assist the income required to help pay towards the Clubs debts.
A magnificent effort by the Hay Public School team during the week in narrowly going down to the 2015 Riverina champions the combined Ardletan, Ariah Park and Barellan Public Schools tennis team in their semi final clash of the Riverina Zone. The Hay team consisted of Lily Huggins, Skye Lilburne, Tom Christensen and Ritchie Weymouth with the score 5 sets to 3 sets. The opposition was led by the South West champion Jane Haeusler of Barellan with her team last year progressing to the state semi final losing to the eventual winners Merimbula Public School.
Good luck to those junior players who have entered the Monday and Wednesday, womens and mens night tennis competitions.
Sunday morning was called off due to the showers and hopefully will be better weather this coming weekend. 
Weekly Awards
The Foodworks, Crightons Rural and AgFlite weekly awards go to Hay Public School team of Ritchie Weymouth, Tom Christensen, Skye Lilburne and Lily Huggins.

Hay Tennis Club News 17th July: Tennis Entries close for annual club doubles

The annual club championships doubles titles to be held in various grades commences from Monday 25th July with entries closing this week. Players should check the web for their match details.
Entries are also being accepted for the next teams doubles competition which will commence from August 22. Players can enter with or without a partner.
Alexander Haidy had a good weeks tennis activities despite some rain, well organised by former Aussie junior ranked Terry Saunders at his Gold Coast Tennis Academy. One of his assistants was the former world ranked Helena Anliot of Sweden. Terry again has offered the invitation for Hay players to attend for next years programs.
Sunday morning juniors activities recommences on the weekend Sunday July 24


Hay Tennis Club News 10th July: Tennis Resumes after school holidays

The tennis break is currently being enjoyed by players and officials particularly in this current weather although there is private coaching being carried out on the good weather days. 
The annual Club doubles titles catering for all grades will commence from Monday 25th July with entries received listed on the web.
Juniors Sunday mornings resume on July 24 continuing with the new session starting  times
Tennis NSW rep. Troy Smith will be in Hay on Monday 18th to advise the latest tennis  trends and developments and if anyone interested in discussions should contact Lani Houston.
Tennis NSW has made a number of changes in conducting its tourneys bringing the thumbs up from Hays Steve Longworth and Griffiths Cheryl Rawle. This includes tourneys being more flexible with its rules and not exceeding 3 days, and juniors  playing within their level. Parents involvement is a concern. Steve ran tourneys at Shepparton and Warrnambool this year with emphasis on good old fashioned enjoyment rather than computer points and both these tourneys received huge entries.

Hay Tennis Club News 3rd July:  Hay produces its own Wimbledon Tennis

The 2016 Annual tennis singles was completed last week producing its own Wimbledon standard and atmosphere. Both the mens and womens finals saw exciting tiebreakers in determining winners.
Scott Dixon regained the mens championship he had previously won in  2014 to beat the master Warren Hunt 5/6 6/5 and tiebreaker (7/4). Last years final saw Darren Rose beat Dr. Joseph Etta also in a high quality match.
The Wimbledon atmosphere was there with the cool weather and was not worrying the players, however the rain, strawberries and cream were lacking.
Jasmine Gregory also regained the womens title she had won in 2014 and 2013 with a tipsy/topsy win 6/1 1/6 and a tough nervy 8/6 tiebreaker win against the defending champion Catherine Carroll who last year beat Lani Houston in the final.
The consolation finals saw Damon Slattery beat Geoff Chapman 6/2 6/5 and Sharyn Headon beat Harriet Lugsdin 6/1 6/3
The (B) final was-Chloe Weeks beat Kim Curtis 6/3 6/4 and the (B Res) final was Jenny Dwyer beat Cas Tidey 4/6 6/4 (7/4). The match of the night was a play-off match which saw Lloyd Jones beat Kenny Hargreaves in a marathon 6/2 5/6 (7/2). The full results are listed on the clubs web.
Entries are now being taken for the annual doubles titles in various grades to commence from Monday 25th July. Players can enter with or without a partner.
A new financial year has begun with annual memberships due and hopefully sponsorships forthcoming. Its been a successful year with good numbers playing and much needed clubhouse repairs both inside and outside carried out.
Last year Stu Callaghan organised a group of Hay players to attend a Gold Coast tennis experience of intensive training, fun and developement at the Hope Island Tennis complex. As a follow up , this week Alexander Haidy will attend a weeks tennis at Terry Saunders Academy in Southport on the Gold Coast. Some may recall Terry Saunders a leading Aussie junior in the 70s being runner up to the popular John Brown at the Hay Open in 1974.
On Sunday a small field attended the well planned and organised Sunday morning activities and truly got their monies worth with the coaches award going to Navieen Sinngh. There will be a two week holiday break before resuming again and continuing at the new session times.
There will be Private coaching available  throughout the holidays.
Weekly Awards
The AgFlite and Foodworks awards this week go to the 2016 singles champions Jasmine Gregory and Scott Dixon while the Crightons Rural Award goes the coaches pick at Sunday Morning activities Navieen Sinngh

Hay Tennis Club News 26th June: Tennis Singles to Finals Series

The Womens and Mens annual singles competition continues to produce good matches with the Club Championship section being of a high standard. Quarter final results of the womens main draw were–Catherine Carroll def Maggie Biggs 6/0 6/1, Jess Weeks def Tania Stephenson 6/3 6/5, Lani Houston def Kate Murphy 6/3 6/2
Quarter finals results of the mens were Scott Dixon def Tom Lugsdin 6/1 6/1and Anthony Slattery def Pacey Marks 6/2 1/6 ttiebreaker (7/2). Some good consolation results were Damon Slattery def Jensen Hargreaves 6/4 6/5 and Jack Simkin def Kenny Hargreaves 6/4 6/0. A three way singles was won by Joseph Wilson over Jo Prochilo and Will Jamieson.
The annual doubles club titles in various grades for both women and men will begin after the school holidays with entries now being taken.
Despite the absolute cold weather, the Sunday morning activities had a good attendance with the new start times appreciated by all. Play will be held this coming Sunday then a two week break through the holidays. Michael Tumolero received the coaches award this week for his good improvement.
 The Temora tourney was again postponed due to the weather and will now be played on July 24
Good luck to Maggie in her operation and recovery and not allowed to hit a ball for some time.
Weekly Awards
The Crightons Rural Award goes to Tom Lugsdin making the long trek each week to participate in the annual singles and despite going down to the number one seed put in a good effort.
The AgFlite award gioes to Tania Stephenson for a good effort going down narrowly to Jess Weeks
The Foodworks Award goes to Michael Tumolero the coaches pick at Sunday morning juniors activities.

Hay Tennis Club News 19th June: Tennis Singles Results

This week will see the womens singles play their last pool round in both grades before proceeding to the semi finals stage, while the men will play quarter finals in the Club Championships grade, following two rounds completed last week. Mens consolation matches start this week.
The pick of the womens matches saw Kate Murphy keep her semi final hopes alive with a 4/6 6/3 and tie breaker decider 7/5 against Heidi Stephens and Jasmine Gregory returning after injury winning 6/3 6/2 against Jess Weeks. In the consolation group Olivia Joyce had a 6/0 5/6 tiebreaker (7/4) win against Jenny Dwyer, while Kim Curtis also had a tough 1/6 6/4  tiebreaker 7/4 victory over Chloe Weeks. Cinthia Ronchesel goes from strength to strength getting a win 6/2 6/5 over Shayla Weeks.
The mens draw this year is straight out knockout with losers into the consolation. Highlights of round one saw Andrew Davies win 7/2 over Alexander Haidy, Warren Hunt win 7/2 over Kyle Mitchell and Anthony Slattery winning 8/4 against Brad Callaghan. Round two saw some great results with Tom Lugsdin winning a marathon 6/5 6/5 against Damon Slattery, Pacey Marks avenged his last year result in beating Trent Wall this time, the score 6/2 6/2, Andrew Davies had a good 6/2 6/2 win over Nick Robertson who looks to have the best Hay serve at present and Warren Hunt needing  his experience to beat young Jensen Hargreaves 9/5. One quarter final has already been played  with Rowan Bennett coming home strongly against Geoff Chapman to win 6/4 6/0.
Congratulations to Kenny and Jensen Hargreaves being runners up in the boys 12s doubles at the Griffith MIA Open tourney losing to the strong McCaig-Moore boys from Wagga.
The washed out Temora Series tourney has been rescheduled for Sunday 26th June and the finals now being held in Wagga on 14th August.
Sunday morning junior activities resumed on the weekend at the new starting times. Despite the cool conditions it was a good attendance at both the sessions, each containing three groups.
Weekly Awards
This weeks Crightons Rural Award ,AgFlite and Foodworks awards go to the coaches picks at the Sunday morning junior sessions to Zara Prochilo, Jack Booth, Tilly Weeks and Joseph Wilson

Hay Tennis Club News: 12th June: Tennis Singles underway

The Annual womens singles commenced last week attracting an entry from 22 players with the closest wins going to Kim Curtis as well as Chloe and Jess Weeks.
The opening night of the mens singles with 19 players was cancelled due to the miserable weather. Play will continue this week.
Junior Sunday morning coaching and fun activities resumes this week Sun 19th at the new session times of 10am and 11am
Weekly Awards
Hay players will remember watching the outstanding young Junior player Ashley Barty competing at Mildura a few years ago and she went on to win the Junior Wimbledon singles.
She has been out of action now for nearly two years giving the tennis a break and recently played for the Qld Big Bash cricket team with success.  The last forthnight she  played  two major  tourneys in England reaching semi finals having had to play qualies in both even  to get into the main draw. How good are the likes of Ash Barty and Hay girls like Rachel Pearson and Jodi Hicks who can represent various sports at the highest level. These players win our Foodworks and  AgFlite and awards this week.
The Crightons Rural Award goes to Jess Weeks in winning a great battle against last years runner up Lani Houston in a tie breaker decider.
Hay Tennis Club News 5th June: Annual Tennis Singles Starts 
A good entry for the annual singles, particularly in the womens event has been received which includes junior players to play the Club Championship grade as well as (B) and (C) sections with some possible promotion.
Catherine Carroll the defending champion and currently in good form is set to defend her title.
Teams finals were completed last week with some super tennis witnessed and a couple of finals went to tie-breakers. Thank you to the team sponsors who are a great financial assistance to these night competitions in ensuring they continue.
(A)grade-Murphys Clothing- Kate Murphy/Catherine Carroll def IGA  Jess Weeks/Maggie Biggs 6/2 6/5
(B)grade-Foodworks- Heidi/Gaylene Stephens def Hills Corner Store-Trish Jamieson/Julie Doidge 6/1 6/2
(B Res) -Nicolas Royal- Lisa Headon /Carol Huggins def Saltbush Motor Inn-Teresa Mirabelli/Sharon Bunyan 3/6 6/0 (7/4)
(C)grade-Biggs Bobcat Hire-to play Wooloondool-
(A)grade-Wyvern-Scott Dixon/Tom Lugsdin def  Walgrove-Allen Dwyer/Andrew Davies 6/4 6/3
(B)grade-Sportfirst- Damon Slattery/Greg Stewart def Lugsdin Toyota – Warren Hunt/Samantha Davies 6/4 2/6 (7/4)
(C)grade -individual points winners -Will Simpson/Warren Hunt/Brad Callaghan
Annual tennis Memberships (again without any increases) are currently being issued and much appreciated if these can be settled soon to help pay for the recently received annual insurances which continually rise.
The Griffith MIA  tourney this long weekend run by Steve Longworth  has attracted a huge entry of 181 players with Hays reps being Kenny and Jensen Hargreaves playing junior events. and we wish them success.
The Temora tourney was postponed due to the weekend rain.
Weekly Awards
The AgFlite, Crightons Rural and Foodworks awards this week go to the womens night competition winners -Lisa Headon, Carol Huggins, Gaylene and Heidi Stephens, Catherine Carroll and Kate Murphy.

Hay Tennis Club News 29th May: Hay Public School continues their good form

For so many continuous years the Hay Public School has entered a team in the State knockout competition and generally the team has performed quite well.
This year  is no exception with the team now reaching the third round (semi finals) of the Riverina section which received an entry from 15 schools. Hay won 6 sets to 2 win against Lake Wyangan last week. Well done to the team of Skye Lilburne, Lily Huggins, Telesa Cooper,  Ritchie Weymouth and Tom Christensen. Hay will  now play either Young, Parkview or the 2015  Riverina champions Ardlethan in their semi-final clash.
Night Competitions
Semi-finals were held in two grades in the Monday womens competition.
 In the (A) grade the IGA team of Maggie Biggs and Jess Weeks had a close 4/6 6/0 and tiebreaker decider (7/5)win against the Tourist Centre team of Donna Wade and Liz Moorhouse and in the other semi Murphys Clothing won 6/4 6/2 against Walgrove in two high standard matches.
 In (B) grade semis Hills Corner Store won 6/3 6/4 against Crightons and the  Foodworks team beat Hay Newsagency 6/3 6/3 in two very good matches.
In (B Res) Div (1) the Saltbush Motor Inn team reached the final with a tough 6/4 5/6 win against the Hay Motord team of Annabel and Harriet Lugsdin. The other Division winner was the Nicolas Royal team who had a 6/2 6/2 win against the HPS red team of Kerry Mijok partnering Sue Murphy.
Best of the (C) grade matches saw the Biggs Bobcat Hire team draw with the Japps team of Penne Bolitho and Will Jamieson 2/6 6/2. Semi finals will be held in this grade this week with the two winners scheduled to meet on the 6th June in conjunction with the start of the singles.
The mens  semi finals were washed out last week and will now move to the finals and playoffs this week
Both the womens and mens annual singles will commence next week
The last of the Series tourneys will be held in Temora on Sunday with the Griffith Long Weekend tourney being held the following week. The John Ferguson Cup is still to be played.
Sunday morning junior activities in Hay resumes on June 19
Weekly Awards
The Foodworks award goes to Hay Public Schools Robyn Pearson for her interest and dedication not only in entering a tennis team each year but giving the pupils the opportunity to play all sports against quality opposition throughout the Riverina and beyond.
The Crightons Rural award and AgFlite awards go to Donna Wade and Liz Moorhouse who went so close in their (A)grade semi loss last week and going so well in the top grade after promotion from (B)grade

Hay Tennis Club News 22nd May: Hay wins Mens Tennis Over Deniliquin

The Hay Tennis mens team extracted revenge from narrowly losing the inaugural match on Deniliquins grass courts in 2013 by winning their recent encounter in Hay 10 sets to 2 . A most pleasant and enjoyable day was voted by all players with Hays Damon Slattery recording  the best result. The Deniliquin team are now out gearing up and battling for team positions for a hopeful return match on their magnifient grass courts later in this year in Sept. The team will contain 10 players with early bird names now being taken.
Night Competitions
The womens round was called off last week due to the weather with some grades into semi finals scheduled this week.
The mens night has moved into the semi-finals in the (A)and (B)grades while the (C) grade continues with its singles and doubles weekly selections. In the (C)grade last week it was a battle of the Wills with Will Simpson prevailing over Will Jamieson the score being a long 6/3 and best of the doubles sets was the clash between Ritchie Weymouth and Kenny Hargreaves  against Jo Prochilo and Brad Callaghan ending in a draw. In (B) grade the Sportfirst team of Greg Stewart and Damon Slattery again scored the maximum points this time a 6/3 6/4 win over the Japps team of Jack Simkin and Nicolas Robinson. Sportfirst will play the Hay Newagency in the first semi with that team having a 6/3 3/6 draw against the O’Briens Fertilisers team. Murphys Clothing will play Lugsdin Toyota in the other semi. Two close (A) grade matches were played resulting in wins to Walgrove and Wyvern whose team included Deniliquins Chris Champness doubling up from his Sunday battle with Warren Hunt.
The annual singles competitions for all grades commences from 6th June with entries now being taken.
ICPA day (Isolated Children Parents Association)
The Annual ICPA tennis day was held on the weekend this year under a different format. Previously teams of  8 players were formed representing various areas from around the district and beyond.
This year organised social sets were played with prizes still available at the end of the day for best results. A very relaxed social atmosphere was evident with about 30 adults and 30 juniors participating.
There are no Sunday morning junior activities until June 19th. Sophie Curtis and Brad Callaghan played the Tumut series tourney and both were runners up in their age groups both being were well managed by Russell Curtis. The Griffith Club which includes a number of Hay players in their team will not contest the Riverina teams competition (John Ferguson Cup) this weekend.  Temora will hold its series tourney on Sunday June 5 and if anyone is interested in playing let Tony know.  Entries are now being taken online  for the Griffith Longweekend tourney.
Weekly Awards
The Foodworks and Crightons award go to Bill and Pip Ryan heading the organising this year for the annual ICPA tennis day and the AgFlite award to Chris Champness a member of the Denilquin team, working in our district and able to help out as a sub at our Wednesday mens night comp..

Hay Tennis Club News 15th May: Steve Longworth still the tennis bush wizard

Its been nearly 20 years now since the ITF (International Tennis Federation) began using Steve Longworths CAT (Computer Assisted Tournaments) system in its annual world Seniors Tournaments.
Until five years ago the veterans tourneys were held annually in two different Countries for the two different age groups with Steve running these events. Now they are classed into three age groups due to the huge number of entries being received— 35years+, 50yrs+ and 65yrs + again all being held in different countries still using the CAT system.
In between travelling the world as well as running many Australian tourneys , Steve continues to run his Hay computer business as well as his play and involvement in the Hay Tennis Club. He currently holds the mens doubles title with Darren Rose, and was a member of the Hay team against Deniliquin on Sunday.
This year due to budgetary constraints particularly air costs Steve is training and managing from his Hay base, personnel to run two of the age group tourneys being held in Croatia and Turkey each containing over 400 players. However he will shortly travel to Finland with wife Anne to conduct the Seniors group 50 yrs + and hopefully catch up with Hay coach Stu Callaghan and daughter Mika in Sweden, with Stu reporting that his arm feels a 100% better with the rest it got during the Swedish winter and recentlly has been doing coaching.
Steves 2017 program looks like it will take him to Florida and Capetown at this stage with the third venue not decided yet. His system is currently taking entries for the Queensland Vets, Leicestershire (England) vets where he organisers from his Hay office as well as the Griffith long weekend June Tourney which he attends this tourney after collecting all the data at home.
Its a wonderful system and must be a tough life for our bush wizard.
Deniliquin Match
The much enjoyed mens match against the Deniliquin team will have its report next week.
Night Competitions
We went close to having two forfeits last week but we have an abundance of substitutes listed on our draw sheet which saved the day and kept up our record of no forfeits now for over two years.
The womens match of the night was the exciting (A) grade draw between Walgroves Allicia Bennett and Sam Davies against the Hay Tourist Centres Sophie Stephens and Donna Wade the score 6/5 5/6 marathon.
The other good match  was in the (B Res) saw the Agflite team of Jenny Dwyer and Cas Tidey after losing the first set 6/5 to the HPSGold scratch pair team of Delilah Crighton and Daniel Stewart, came home strongly to take the second and match 6/2
The mens night had many competitive matches with some good tennis played.
(C)grade continues well with team selections made each week 5 mins before the scheduled start time with matches running for one hour before the other grades start. Despite going down to Codey Poole, Jacqui Hargreaves put in a great effort especially in the doubles set.
The best of the other grades was the Hay Newsagency (Lloyd Jones and Tom Lugsdin ) 4/6 6/2 win against Japps Pharmacy, as well as TapperAg (Warren Hunt and Kenny Hargreaves ) 6/3 5/6 win over Murphys Clothing .  The O’Briens Fertilisers team of Travis Cunningham and Liam Woods again had another nail biter match.
With Lani away, it was top honors for the coaches involved in Sunday Mornings activities with 20 youngsters attending.  You will note on the program that there will be a break now of four weeks due to other activities, firstly with this coming Sunday May 22 being the Annual ICPA tennis day with Bill and Pip Ryan 0448 938325 taking enquiries with a new format this year. Junior Sunday morning activities will resume on June 19th at the new session times of 10am and 11am
Weekly Awards
The Agflite award goes to Steve Longworth for his world invention tennis computer system, with the Foodworks and Crightons Rural awards to Jacqui Hargreaves and Fiona Simpson organising the (C)grade mens grade which is very competitive to some.

Hay Tennis Club News 8th May: Hay/Deniliquin Tennis Clash

A good nomination of Hay men will see a match proceed with a Deniliquin mens  team of 10 to 12 players arriving here on Sunday to do battle. There was not enough interest for a womens or mixed match at this stage. Play will commence around 10.45 following junior tennis activities and will conclude about 3.30 with the format to be 3 or 4 first to 8 game sets with a bbq lunch.
Deniliquin won the inaugural match in 2013 on their grass courts with Hays Andrew Cronin winning line honors for the day.
Night Competitions
Good entries for this time of the year were received for both the womens and mens night competitions to go for 5 weeks before proceeding with the annual singles.
The womens competition in five grades saw a drawn match in the (C) grade between the Auscott team of Julie Dickinson and Jamillah Pynor against the Cox Farming team of Louise Hurst and Sophie Cox the score 6/3 3/6. The closest win occurred in the (B Res) grade with the HPS team of Kerry Mijok and Carol Oataway getting there 6/2 4/6 against last seasons (C)grade runners up Hydes Building comprising Sue and Tyler Clancy. The strongest win of the night also was in the same grade with the HPS Gold team of Sue Murphy and Sherelle Shea winning 6/1 6/1 over the former (C)grade champions Hay Jewellers.
The mens competition got away to a good start particularly the new format in (C)grade where players partners change each week. Two top matches in (A) grade saw some very close finishes with Wyvern prevailing 6/4 5/6 over Walgrove  and 92 Computing coming home strongly 4/6 6/0 against AgFlite. Another close match saw Murphys Clothing comprising Gus and Kate Murphy beating the Hydes Plumbing team of Donna Wade and Lloyd Jones 6/1 6/4. The best match of the night was the 6/4 6/4 win by Bindari over Japps Pharmacys Nick Robinson and Jack Simkin.
Our much needed rain prevented any Sunday morning tennis which will continue again on the weekend at the 9am and 10am session times
Weekly Awards
The Foodworks award goes to Warren Hunt who voluntarily plays and passes on so much experience to the (C) grade juniors grade in the Wednesday Mens competition , then plays (B)grade as well as filling in as a sub in an (A) grade match.–how good is that .
 The AgFlite award goes to Hay Public School teacher Fleur Cullenward for organising the schools tennis team for selection and practice with the school receiving a bye in the first round to now meet Lake Wyangan in the second round.
The Crightons Rural Engineering award goes to Kerry Haidy who put in a big effort for our washed out Mothers Day junior activities.

Hay Tennis Club News 1st May: Night Tennis Comp starts this week

A good response has been received for the new  short duration night competitions commencing this week. Both the mens and womens  will conclude in 5 weeks time to immediately follow with the annual singles competition to finish by the next school holidays.
Details of teams and times can be found on the clubs website with copies also available at the clubhouse. The mens (C) grade format will see different team combinations formed each week in two divisions with this grade comprising a good crop of youngsters as well as containing any interested adults. A singles as well as doubles will continue.
Deniliquin match
Thank you to all those who expressed interest in this match. Due to the response a mens match has now been organised here in Hay on Sunday May 15 with play commencing at 11am following junior tennis.
Sunday morning activities resumed on the weekend with a small but enthusiastic attendance with a good mornings program organised covering both session times. In the first session the fast tennis match between Zara Procilo and Holly Ashcroft was a beauty. The second session had it all with some great shots seen by Zanda Haidy , Will Jamieson and Sophie Curtis.
There will be special mothers day sessions this Sunday.
Weekly Awards
 Continuing on with our successful junior tourney last week– the Foodworks award goes to Skye Liburne for participating in the 10yrs events to help make this age group an even number and was underfeated and then played in the 12s losing to the talented Airlee Savage from the Griffith area. The Crightons Rural award goes to Codey, Jess and Corey Poole who spent a good deal of their time on the Saturday helping Warren Hunt preparing the clay courts. The AgFlite award goes to Alexander Haidy for some brilliant shot making at the Sunday morning activities.

Hay Tennis Club News 24th April: Junior Tennis Tourney Success

Hay hosted its annual junior tourney part of the Riverina series on Sunday held in perfect conditions involving 42 players . A pleasant atmosphere saw some of the best players from around the region mix it with 23 locals who were giving it a go and were certainly not disgraced. All the organisers and volunteers put in a great effort to ensure a successful tourney with Hay certainly again being considered as a venue helped by excellent facilities,to be included in next years calendar.
Hay winners were 18 girls Sara Molloy, 16 girls Imogen Molloy, 12 boys Jensen Hargreaves, 10 girls Sophie Curtis  with other winners being 16boys Tristan Gibbs (Griffith),14 boys Ben Maheknecht (Griffith), 14girls Lara Wighton (Albury), 12 girls Airlie  Savage (Griffith), 10 boys Blake Tinworth (Albury)
The next tourney is at Tumut on 22May , with a special training camp at Temora on Sunday 1st May if anyone is interested can enter via the website. The John Ferguson Cup will now be staged in Wagga on 29th May and if anyone is interested to play for the Griffith area team should advise Cheryl via Lani for team selection consideration.
 Sunday morning junior activities resume this weekend  May 1.
Night competitions
 The mens and womens entries close Wednesday 27th April to commence from May 2nd. Entries received are listed on the website with the womens draw being displayed this week. The competitions will only run for 4 or 5 weeks followed by the singles competition.
ICPA day
The annual ICPA day is scheduled for the 22nd May with enquiries to Bill and Pip Ryan
Deniliquin Match
 Clive from Deniliquin is keen for his club to have  a match against Hay the last time a mens team of  8 players traveled to Deniliquin some years ago organised by Derek McFarland and Andrew Cronin. Any male or female players interested please advise Tony by the weekend and advise if you wish to play here or on the Deniliquin grass courts.
Weekly Awards
 The Foodworks and Crightons Rural awards this week go to Rupert and Digby Lilburne who put in a tremendous effort in the juniors tourney despite not much tennis at boarding school in Sydney these past few years. Rupert finished runner up in the 16s boys and Digby third place in the 14s.
The AgFlite award goes to our neighbouring Deniliquin players Tom Cochrane, Eloise Ritchie and Eimer Gogarty who all had very good performances in the tourney.

Hay Tennis Club News 17th April: Junior Tennis Tourney Sunday

Hay will host its annual junior tournament on Sunday as part of the Riverina Series with only 9 being conducted across the region this year. Last Saturday Imogen Molloy was runner up in her age group at the strong Albury tourney with Brad Callaghan winning his age group in the Sunday tourney at Thurgoona.
Play will commence at the Hay courts on Sunday at 8.30 with all players needing to confirm their registration at 8.15. Already on the weekend entries had been received from 19 players with many more expected this week before Friday 5pm when the draw then will be comprised by Tennis NSW. Organisers are hoping for an entry of  over 50 players  catered for on our 11 courts to finish at 3pm-however difficult to gauge numbers due to being a long weekend, finishing the school holidays. It is hoped all the Hay juniors support the tourney in giving it a go. Entries can be made online or contact tony. (let tony know anyway if you are unable to play). Age groups range from under 10 yrs to 18yrs. Any assistance in the running, kiosk or food donations will be greatly appreciated.
Lani will be conducting practice sessions at 3pm on Thursday and Friday to finish at 5pm for those players interested.
Night Comps
Entries will close next week for the new Monday and Wednesday night competitions to run for 4 or 5 weeks to commence from May 2nd before the annual singles competitions begin.
Weekly Awards
The Foodworks and Crightons Rural Awards go to Imogen Molloy for her good performances at both the Albury and Thurgoona tennis tournaments on the weekend and to Scotty Toole from Wagga who does a great job in oversighting all these tourneys and hopes to bring a contingent of players to Hay on the weekend.

Hay Tennis Club News 3rd April: Tennis Semi Finals of Highest Standard

Night Tennis competitions in some grades for both the mens and womens competitions moved to semi finals.

Finals and playoffs involving all teams will be completed this week. Entries are already being taken for short competitions to commence after the school holidays.
Womens semi finals held on Easter Monday produced tennis of a high standard.. In (C)grade the Hay Motors team of Annabel Lugsdin and Chloe Weeks had an amazing win of 10 points to 8 in the tie breaker decider after sets were tied at 6/3 apiece against the HPS team of Kerry Mijok and Carol Oataway. In (A) grade the defending champions Hay Shires Jasmine Gregory and Heidi Stephens were beaten in an unbelievable scoreline 6/5 5/6 and tiebreaker 7/4 to the Murphys Clothing team of Kate Murphy and Catherine Carroll. Bishops Lodge won the other semi 6/3 6/3
In (B) grade Sarah Gash partnering Brad Callaghan had a tight 6/4 6/2 win in their semi against TapperAg with the Hills Corner Store team too good for the Saltbush Motor Inn team 6/3 6/1in the other semi.
In the Mens competition the last round was played in (B) grade and (C) grade while (A) grade played semi finals.The (B) grade final standings couldn’t be any closer with only one point separating the top 4 teams. The Hay Motors team of Warren Hunt and Samantha Davies were one point above the others and will play the Booroorban team in the final who had a better average than the 2HayFM team of Peter and Pacey Marks as well as the Meggs Fertilisers team of Paula Comb and Peter Davies. In (C) grade the Saltbush Motor Inn team will again play the Crightons Rural Engineering team in the final. (A) grade contested semi finals with Wyvern winning 6/2 6/1 against AgFlite while the other semi went to a tiebreaker with 92Computing Steve Longworth and Rowan Bennett prevailing 6/1 1/6 (7/2) over the Walgrove team of Allen Dwyer and Andrew Davies
Despite some injuries and some away there was a good attendance at our Friday development squad with seven coaches imparting experienced knowledge on the players with improvement noticeable. Immy Molloy and Jesse Poole won the votes. This Friday will be our final session, again starting at 6pm.
Sunday morning was very pleasant and with only a small attendance players received real value from Lani and the three assistants. Young Dan Jamieson  from our 9am group went through a rigorous serving test with coach Maggie by serving 50% green balls in,from the base line to earn a wild card entry into our Hay Junior Series tourney 10 yrs division. Tennis will be on this weekend then a two week break due to holidays and our junior tourney.
Tournament information forms for our Junior tourney on 24th April are now available.
Jess Weeks is also now available for private coaching and with the school holidays coming up there is an abundance of coaching on hand to get ready for the tournament.
Albury and Thurgoona tourneys are on the 16th and 17th on the Saturday and Sunday midway through the holidays.
Weekly Awards
The Foodworks award goes to  Annabel Lugsdin who kept so cool under pressure and encouraging her partner Chloe Weeks in a great semi final match. The Crightons Rural award goes to Shayla Weeks who went well at our Friday development squad despite not playing for some time and the AgFlite award to Dan Jamieson for earning a wildcard entry into the Hay Junior tourney on the 24th April.

Hay Tennis Club News 27th March: Night Tennis to Semi Finals

Both the Womens and Mens night competitions  have advanced to the semi finals in most grades.
The womens (A)grade played quarter finals with two of these proving  exciting close results with Murphys Clothing (Catherine Carroll and Kate Murphy) winning 6/5 6/4 against the Tourist Centre team of Liz Moorhouse and Donna Wade, while the Bishops Lodge team of Maggie Biggs with Pacey Marks for Lani Houston beating Meggs Grain of Sue Hanna and Leonie Laracy 6/4 6/4.
The final points ladder was determined for all other grades to work out semi-finalists. In (B)grade the main match saw the Saltbush team of Kim Curtis and Sharyn Headon win the important clash against the Services Club team led by Bethany Hurst, to seal their semi berth in their division , while in the other division the 92Computing team of Karinda and Katie Deaton despite gaining maximum points for the bye still missed out to the TapperAg team of Kirsten Hutchings and Gemma Tassell who squeezed enough points in their important match against Lindy and Daniel Stewarts 2HayFM team to come in second spot.
In (C)Grade the Hydes Building team and HPS Red maintained their top two positions in their division with the Hay Motors finishing on top of the other division. Despite the Hydes Plumbing team of Caren,Grace and Ritchie Weymouth narrowly losing their match to the Wooloondool team of Anna Lilburne and Sue Parslow , the team gained enough points to edge out Japps Pharmacy of a semis birth.
Easter Monday has scheduled only the 6 semi-finals matches, with finals and playoffs for all teams listed on Monday 4th April before the school holidays.
 There was some top tennis in all mens grades in Wednesday night tennis with details and finals spots to be advised next week.
 Junior Sunday morning tennis will resume on April 3 for two weeks before another two weeks break, while the Friday developement squad resumes with its fifth session on 1st April at the regular time of 6pm
 Congratulations to the High School teams Boys- Pacey Marks,Jesse Poole , Jack Cattanach and Jock Crighton and girls- Maggie Biggs, Hannah Stewart, Delilah Crighton and Olivia Joyce both winning their first rounds before falling in their second match recently held at the Barham grass courts.
Weekly Awards
The foodworks and Crightons Rural awards this week go the Wooloondool team of Sue Parslow and Anna Lilburne missing a semi spot by one point in the (C) grade womens comp and similarly for the AgFlite Award also missing  by one point in the same grade to the Japps Pharmacy team of Penny Bolitho and Will Jamieson

Hay Tennis Club News 20th March: Griffith Tennis Tourney Excellent

Over 70 players from around the Riverina Region participated in the fabulously run Griffith tourney well organised by Cheryl Rawle who created extra grades and age groups combinations to cater not only for Riverinas best but also to the new and inexperienced players. This touch of good old fashioned class made everyone a winner.
Hay had a contingent of 14 players who travelled by bus and had an enjoyable day on and off court being well encouraged and supported by coach Lani. Joseph Prochilo playing his first tourney reached the 10s semi finals while Chloe Weeks and Jamilah Pynor took out the consolation events. Dylan Lund and Tobye Deaton backing up from Rugby in Leeton on Saturday played exceptional tennis despite their injuries.
 The success and keenness of players are now driving them to participate in the next series tourney in Albury on Saturday 16th April followed by theThurgoona tourney on the following day on Sunday 17th April with Hay on the 24th April
The Deniliquin social match has again been postponed which now means Sunday Morning Hay activities can now be held on April 3. No Sunday morning play this Easter Sunday.
The Annual Deniliquin Easter Tourney commences Friday with junior under 16s and 14s years events as well as graded events.
Night Competitions
We finally had a round with all teams playing due to the heatwave finishing. The womens (A)grade match between Murphys Clothing ( Liz Hicks and Catherine Carroll) against Meggs Grain Fertilisers (Sue Hanna and Pacey Marks) was of a high calibre and resulted 6/4 4/6 with Liz making a good comeback. The other close match in this grade was the Bishops Lodge 5/6 6/2 win against the Hay Tourist Centre.
(C)grade produced two closely contested matches with the leaders of div.(1) the Hydes Building team of Sue and Tyler Clancy winning 6/3 5/6 against the mother and daughter HPS Green combination of Colleen Mitchell and Kathy Duncan, while also in this division the Biggs Bobcat Hire team of Zoe Biggs and Jodi Hicks won 5/6 6/1 against HPS Red team of Kerry Mijok and Carol Oataway
 The mens night after three weeks finally got the (C)grade in action with a marvellous win to the Pevensey team of Jack Headon and Will Simpson 5-0 against the Hills Corner Store. Crightons and the Saltbush Motor Inn also had wins in this grade
(B)grade winners last week were Booroorban, 2 Hay FM and Meggs Grain Fertilisers with the (A) grade winners being 92 Computing and AgFlite
School Tennis
Good luck to the Hay War Memorial boys and girls teams competing up to three rounds of the annual knockout competition at Barham playing the likes of Finley, Deniliquin, Balranald etc High Schools. Last year the girls team won this section advancing to the semi finals of the Riverina but had to forfeit due to clashes with other activities. A  Hay girls team had also previously won this section to play their semi final against the Albury school but Hays Sam Oliver and teammates found this match more than  tough when the Albury school was lead by their recent new recruit- Papua New Guinea- number 1 Abigail Tere -Apisah who now has a world ranking and currently competing at the Canberra International.
Weekly Awards
The Foodworks and Crightons Rural awards this week go to Joseph Prochilo, Chloe Weeks and Jamilah Pynor for their Griffith junior tourney results and the AgFlite award to Griffiths Cheryl Rawle in again managing a well run tourney.

Hay Tennis Club News 13th March: Griffith Tennis on Sunday

Hay players are preparing themselves for the Griffith Series tourney to be played this Sunday. For most it will be their first tourney of the year and follows what has been a long hot period bearing little tennis practice. Twelve players so far have indicated they are playing the tourney with a bus now booked to leave here at 6.30. Please advise Tony by Thurs night if you are playing or unavailable to save follow up.
The weekend saw a few juniors make a trip to Canberra to watch tennis at the Canberra International tourney on the Saturday to also meet, chat and lunch with some of the overseas players from Japan the Ukraine and the USA as well their coaches. Waggas brilliant 16yr old Kaitlin Staines was also competing in the qualifying rounds of this tourney and has certainly come a long way from a few years ago when she was competing in the regions series tourneys such as Leeton and Hay.
On Sunday the Hay youngsters played the regions Yass series tourney which contained 45 players played at their main synthetic grass centre of 6 courts as well as some groups playing at another Yass centre of 5 claycourts. It was a very pleasantly run tourney with a nice atmosphere and food and congratulations go to the organisers David Thornley and Scott Toole from Wagga.
Sophie Curtis continues her good performances and again came runner up in the 10yrs girls playing some marathon matches. Pacey Marks went from strength to strength throughout the day gaining more confidence with each match to win the 14yrs boys. Jordan Woods came in third spot in this group. Brad Callaghan also had success in winning the 12s boys with Sarvesh Partiban (former Hayite) coming third in this group.
Col Maher of the Young Tennis club has advised he is taking another regional team again this year to New Zealand in October and if anyone who would like to be a part of this team can advise Tony.
The Friday development squad played rotating sets with the coaches at a later time because of the heat and now will break for two weeks due to the HPS fete and Good Friday and then will return to its normal time slot of 6pm for the final two nights.
 Sunday morning will also now break for two weeks due to the Griffith tourney and Easter Sunday as mentioned on the program sheet.
Monday comp
There were two 6/5 5/6 draw results in last weeks womens competition. In the (B Res) grade the Foodworks team of Sarah Gash and Amanda Kelton did this against the Services Club team of Bianca Goulding and Bethany Hurst and the same happened in (A) grade with Walgrove ( Belinda Headon and Paula Comb) against Murphys Clothing (Kate Murphy and Catherine Carroll)
Wednesday comp
Only five matches were scheduled in the mens comp with all others abandoned due to the heat however things should be back to normal with (C) grade matches now on with the draw appearing on the web soon. The best match last week was in (B)grade with  the Meggs Grain team beating the Hay Newsagency team 6/2 6/4
Weekly Awards
The Foodworks and Crightons Rural Awards go to Pacey Marks and Brad Callaghan in winning their respective age groups at Yass and the Agflite award to Sarvesh Partiban- the Sri Lankan Warrior and former St Marys Hay pupil who played so well at Yass to come in third position in his group and would make his former coach Stu Callaghan so proud.

Hay Tennis Club News 6th March: Hot Weather Continues to Alter Tennis Timetable

The continuing hot weather is playing havoc to scheduled times with early night matches being abandoned and only late matches proceeding.
Again in this weeks mens and womens competition nights, only matches from 7.30pm onwards have been drawn therefore many are receiving byes.
Last weeks womens round saw the closest match in all grades a draw 4/6 6/4 in the (A/B) grade between the O’Briens Fertilisers team of Jess Weeks and Hannah Stewart against the Hay Tourist Office team of Liz Moorhouse and Donna Wade. The grudge match of the night was the HPS Red team of Kerry Mijok and Carol Oataway narrowly winning 4/6 6/3 against the HPS Gold team of Sherelle Shea and Sue Murphy.
The Hay Shire and Meggs Grain Fertilisers lead their divisions in the top grade with 2HayFM and Saltbush Motor Inn closely leading their divisions in the (B)Res grade. Saltbush had a 4/6 6/2 win  against its rival Nicolas Royal Motel (Lisa Headon and Carol Huggins). Hydes Building and Japps Pharmacy lead their respective (C) grade divisions.
Only six matches were scheduled on the mens night and all proving close results. In (A)grade the Wyvern team this week comprising Nick Robinson and Peter Lawrence won their match over AgFlite 4/6 6/3. In (B) grade the Bindari combination of Bede Schiller and Tom Porter had an exciting 2/6 6/1 win over the Meggs Grain team while another match in this grade also shared the sets with the Hay Motors team of Corey Poole and Warren Hunt winning 6/1 4/6 against the 2HayFM team.
The Friday development squad was cancelled last week due to the heat with the top groups playing rotating doubles sets with the coaches later on in the night under better temperature conditions.. This was such a success and due to another hot Friday predicted we will do the same again this week for All groups (this will count as session three of our 6 week program) with play to be between 7.25pm and 9pm– Anyone unable to attend please let Tony or Lani know. We will revert back to our old time after the hot weather.
Despite the weather not a bad attendance at Sunday morning tennis activities which will again be held this coming week and  then a two or three week break. The girls are doing a great job in running and coaching the juniors in Stuarts absence. In fact Maggie Biggs is also now doing private coaching and can be contacted on 0498 657036. She now joins Zac  Immy and Sara Molloy as well as Lani Houston in doing private coaching which we do get a number of enquiries.
The Griffith tourney is on Sunday 20 Mar with 7 definites for bus transport. Please advise Tony this week as the bus company needs contacting.
Once again Sophie Curtis did well in another series tourney this time at Young when she came third in her age group. A number of others were thinking about the trip but cancelled their accommodation and didnt play due to the heat prediction so well done to young Sophie in these hot conditions.
The Yass tourney is on Sunday with an extra 40 mins drive but more pleasant conditions. Anyone interested can contact Tony.
Weekly Awards
The Foodworks and Crightons Rural Awards go to Julie Doidge and Trish Jamieson in their good play and strong win at womens tennis and to India Edwards in making a fine debut to womens competition and handling the hot conditions well at Sunday juniors.

Hay Tennis Club News 28th Feb: Hot Weather Changes Tennis Times

Due to the high temperatures last week the Womens competition round matches were rescheduled to later starts and also adjustments have been made for this weeks round. In fact the mens night last week only played five matches from 8 pm with all earlier listed times matches cancelled. At 8pm on this night it was still 39 degrees.
Despite the hot weather all matches proceeded in the womens comp with some tough matches witnessed .The match of the night was in (C) grade with a 6/5 5/6 scoreline between Wooloondools Sue Parslow and Anna Liburne against the Hay Motors team of Annabel Lugsdin and Will Jamieson. (B Res) best match was the 6/5 6/5 Agflite win (Cas Tidey and Jenny Dwyer) over the Riverine Grazier team of Tertia Butcher and Margie Mc Clelland. The closest in the (A/B) grade was the Bishops Lodge win of Maggie Biggs and Lani Houston winning the first 6/1 but going down in the second 3/6 to the Murphys Clothing team of Kate Murphy and Catherine Carroll.
All five matches played on the Wednesday night mens were of a high standard and all entailed close sets with the winners taking out both sets. Most set scores were either 6/4 or 6/5. Wednesday could be hot again with only 8pm and 8.30pm scheduled matches possibly being playable.
Session two of our six week juniors program was successfully held on Friday but may not be held this week due to the predicted high temperature. Sunday morning junior activities in two groups attracted well over 30 youngsters and once again congratulations to all our coaches. Congratulations also go to Skye Lilburne , Ritchie Weymouth , Daniel Stewart and Tom Christensen from the Hay Public School trying out in Griffith on the Friday for the Riverina team.
The closest international tourney to Hay is the Mildura International on its well groomed grass courts and started qualies this week with finals listed for the weekend. Casey Dellacqua heads the womens list which mostly entails overseas players with Luke Saville heading the mens containing mainly Australians.
The Young series tourney is on Sunday with entries closing Friday.
The Griffith tourney is on Mar 20 with an information sheet regarding entries and bus transport currently being distributed.
weekly awards
The Foodworks awards go to Sharelle Shea and Sue Murphy for their strong HPS gold team win over the Biggs Bobcat hire team
The Crightons award goes to Paula Comb and Peter Davies the Meggs Grain Fertilisers team for their second consecutive (B)grade win in the mens competition beating last seasons runners up Hay Shire. The Agflite award goes to Maggie Biggs for not only her good play at the Friday night development squad but also at Monday womens competition and her recent results at the Wagga Series tourney

Hay Tennis Club News 21st Feb: New Hay Junior Comp Successful

The new style of a six week junior tennis development program which began on Friday night received the thumbs up from those who attended. Five coaches having groups in rotation before all joining for the last session enjoyed this concept, as a substitution of tennis activities by our club professional coach Stuart who is still away.
We were one short of our maximum  target of 30 competition standard players for  best success and with a few registered players absent for the first week took a little pressure off the coaches.
Lani Houston worked the ball machine and displayed her Melbourne conference experiences, Brett Hargreaves put into practice his learnings from the Gold Coast clinic attended by a good number of young Hay boys last year and it was interesting to note in the (A) group battle of the genders with the Molloy girls and Maggie Biggs, with the Poole boys, Dylan Lund and Tobye Deaton who were the fittest gender?
Warren Hunt was brilliant in passing on his knowledge in the serving department ( noticed the improvement in group E- Will Simpson, Will Jamieson and Lily Huggins), with Tony Callaghan on volleys and Jess Weeks  playing points and courtcraft in her groups.
Unfortunately insufficient nominations – only 8 definites with 8 still undecided with many others unable to play due to other commitments- we postponed our planned trip to Deniliquin on 28th Feb to Sunday morning April 3rd .This means now, Sunday morning junior activities will now be held this Sunday 28th Feb following a good attendance on the weekend despite the hot weather.
The next Series tourney is at Young on 6th Mar and if anyone interested to contact Tony.For the third consecutive year the age criteria has changed with the youngest group this year being 10/u (those born 2006 or later) with the five age groups up to 18 /u (born 1998 or later).
Night Comps
Both the Womens and Mens competitions played their opening rounds last week in good spirit and good tennis noticed in all grades.
The best result in the womens was the (A/B) grade draw between Hay Newsagency ( Teresa Mirabelli and Beth Schiller) 6/5 5/6 result to the Hay Tourist Office team( Donna Wade and Liz Moorhouse). B Res grade saw last seasons C grade premiers Hay Jewellers  (Mikaela Hurst and Olivia Joyce ) winning 6/5 6/5 over Crightons Engineering while the closest match in (C) grade was the Cox Farming ( Ruby Barnes and Louise Hurst) 6/2 2/6 draw with Hydes Plumbing (Caren and Grace Weymouth). Mondays timedraw this week had changes refecting on the temperature predicted.
The mens round included a number of trials to determine final gradings with three grades being settled on. The 92 Computing team in (A) grade (Steve Longworth and Rowan Bennett) had a solid win against Booroorban while in (B) grade the Hay Shire team of Damon Slattery and Greg Stewart relishing their Country Victoria success had a strong win over the experienced Bindari team. 10 teams are competing  in (C)grade with the Hay Fish Shop of Zanda Haidy  and Joseph Wilson getting away to a good start.
Weekly Awards
 The Foodworks and Crightons Rural Engineering awards go to Kerry Mijok and Carol Oataway for their good win in Monday tennis and the AgFlite award to the Friday coaches mentioned above at the development squad

Hay Tennis Club News 14th Feb: Both Hay Teams to State Tennis Finals

For the first time both the Hay mens teams reached the finals sections of their various grades at the annual Victorian Country teams titles.
A massive 1200 players played on 90 grass courts throughout Wodonga and Albury for five days last week and also enjoyed a wonderful organised social program.
After competing in 38: heat in the round robin section both the Hay Wanderers (C1 grade) and Hay Barbarians (C3 Grade) reached the finals stage after some very tight nervy wins. The Wanderers team of Peter Marks, Andrew Cronin, Gavin Mather, Peter Lawrence also including Damon Slattery and Sandi Robinson won their semi over Kilmore but lost the final to Wangaratta. The Barbarians team of Derek McFarland, Greg Stewart, Pat Dwyer, Anthony Slattery and Mark Gibbs lost their semi to Castlemaine. Injuries and heatstroke forced some changes between the teams throughout a very competitive/social week with both teams expecting promotion now to the next grade in next years titles.
Night Comps
Meanwhile local night competitions commence this week with a good entry of 33 teams in four grades for the Monday night womens and 24 teams for the Wednesday night mens in three grades.
Juniors Deniliquin Match
Our social match at the magnificent Deniliquin grass courts is on Sunday morning 28th Feb with play between 10.15am to 1pm with doubles and singles. This proved to be a great mornings tennis last time it was held and we again plan to get a team of 30 players. There is no tennis fee. Players arrange their own transport or advise Tony if you require a lift and also if you wish to be included in the team or if you are not available to save follow up.
Friday Juniors Development squad
Our 6 week program commences this coming Fri arvo from 6pm to 7.30 pm and will entail about 5 groups with 5 coaches to do various skills including the Gold Coast activities, ball machine and fun activities. It is open to all Mon and Wed night comp junior players or their equivalent grade and players should advise Lani or Tony if they wish to join the squad or not so the program can be finalised.
Sunday Morning Sessions
An enthusiastic and big attendance particularly in the 9am coaching session attended our first Sunday morning day for the year. A big thank you to all our coaches and please note the program detailing days of both play and days of no play.
Juniors Series
Sophie Curtis and Maggie Biggs both played well on Sunday in the Wagga tourney which had a big entry of over 80 players, with Sophie runner up in the 11s. The next tourney is at Young on the 6th Mar. This year with only 9 tourneys listed, players need only play 4 tourneys (not 6 as shown) to be eligible for top 8 final. It is presumed best 6 performances will still apply.
Weekly Awards
The Foodworks and Crightons Rural awards go to the six members as mentioned above in the successful Hay Wanderers team at Country Week. The Ag Flite award goes to Sophie Curtis runner up in her age group displaying a good attitude in the strong Wagga tourney.

Hay Tennis Club News 7th Feb: Night Tennis Competition Entries Closing

Entries for the separate mens and womens night competitions close Wed 10th with the Monday night womens commencing 15th and the Wednesday night mens commencing 17th.
Entries can be made online or to Tony, entering with your partner or requesting one. A list of entries received as at the weekend will be displayed on the web for players to check if they haven’t been missed.
The first junior activity for 2016 will see the commencement of the Sunday Morning Coaching and Fun Activities on Sunday14th Feb. The 9am session will be red and orange balls and include some mini nets while the 10am session will be for green and normal balls and will include a high school group. A number of players are keen to check out their new racquets -santa present.
Also on the same day Sunday is the first of the Regional Singles tournaments held at Wagga. We have a copy of all tournaments listed at the Clubhouse and you will note the Griffith tourney is on 20th Mar (not the 27th as previously advised) and if numbers are good for Griffith we will organise the bus again.
Congratulations to Kenny and Jensen Hargreaves playing for the Wilcania-Forbes Diocesan team making the long trek to Lismore last week.Other players in the team came from Peak Hill, Warren and Parkes including former Hayites James and Teana Dolbels daughter. From reports given the Hargreaves boys performed well and narrowly missed the cut for the Polding team selected to play the Mackillop team for the state title. It seemed to be singles play only in Lismore with no doubles including mixed played to give it a more team spirit.
Cheryl Rawle of the Griffith Club has forwarded information about the annual State 12years– 4 boys and 4 girls teams event to be played in Bathurst Mar 19 and 20 and if anyone is keen for further information contact Tony.
Our Friday night development and fun games squad is open to all juniors who play night competitions or the equivalent standard and will commence from 17th Feb from 6pm to7.30 pm
It will run for 6 weeks and will entail at least 5 coaches/ supervisors each week with some of the Gold Coast experiences learnt from Terry Saunders and Noel Callaghan put in place as well as some  of the latest learnings from the Melbourne Coaches Conference attended by Lani- players will also be placed into groups for rotation for stroking developement and the ball machine and other activities will take place.
Club Championships
We have already mentioned mens trebles winners -which means winning the singles, doubles and mixed in the same year. Research for the womens trebles shows Jenny Johnston being the first in 1953, then June Taylor in 73 and Wendy Heerey in 77.  Deb Cronin now at Ballarat won trebles in 2008,9,11 (the mixed was not played in 2010) In each of her successful years Deb partnered Liz Hicks as well as her husband Andrew in the mixed.
Weekly Awards
The Foodworks Award goes to Deb Cronin for being the most successful woman in the Clubs history in winning trebles club championships titles as evidenced on the clubhouse honor board which begins in the 1940s. The Crightons Rural Award goes to David Davies for having the best mens record and would have won many more trebles but always sacrificed a strong partner to encourage and support and partner a junior. David today, is still passionately working with the youngsters in cricket and plays a big part in making champions out of them.
The Agflite Award goes to the Hargreaves boys who might have preferred the Agflite plane rather than the long car trek to Lismore for the successful  Diocesan teams competition.

Hay Tennis Club News 31st Jan: Good Tennis Membership

Despite the courts looking very quiet in the holidays particularly with the absence of its full time coach which was bringing life to the courts daily,membership has again reached the 300 mark chasing last years record.
The Tennis NSW 2014/15 report shows Hay Club having the biggest number of registered players as 343 in the South West Region and would you believe one more player than the Goulburn Club.Of course if you combined all the clubs within the Wagga Association  and similarly to the Albury region those cities would probably pass our number. Our previous best was 305 in the 1999/2000 year. Tennis NSW registered memberships across the state increased rapidly two years ago due to membership reform when clubs began paying their annual affiliation fees to Tennis NSW based on their facilities rather than the number of individuals, when clubs were deflating their membership numbers to reduce their affiliation cost to Tennis NSW.
Night Comps
Entries are currently being received online or contact Tony for the Mens and Womens comps to commence from Mon 15th Feb  (Entries will close Wed 10th Feb).
 We will not proceed with a Friday mixed due to no enquiries and instead we will run junior training squads.
Mildura International Tourney
The Mildura International tourney for mens and womens will be held this year beginning  29th Feb, to 6th March.  The facilities are magnificent and a temporary stadium is erected for the occasion each year with the Club having previously hosted a Davis Cup match. Generally Hay players catch all the action with semis and finals on the weekend so  if anyone interested contact Tony.
The last planned trip by a Hay contingent was in 2013 when Sam Groth won the mens and the Russian Ksenia Lykina won the womens and it was interesting to watch youngsters Nick Kyrgios and others at the time.
Junior Friday training squads will be introduced from Fri 19th Feb and will be run in three groups from 7pm to 8.30 pm It is open for all Monday and Wednesday  night tennis competition players. It will be run by the likes of Andrew and Sam Davies , Lani Houston , Tony Callaghan and Warren Hunt and others who are interested. There will be various activities in place and hopefully as well as the ball machine.
Sunday morning junior activities and fun games will commence from Sunday 14th Feb in two sessions- 9am-red and orange ball group and 10am with this session split into two groups.
Weekly Awards
The Foodworks and Crightons Rural  awards go to Samantha and Andrew Davies in creating and updating a very attractve Hay Tennis Club website.The Agflite award goes to Caroline and Jack Martin seen on live tv at midnight watching the legends mixed doubles and not game enough to depart due to the antics of Frenchman Henri Leconte.

Hay Tennis Club News 24th Jan: Hay teams to play Country Week Tennis

While the worlds best are playing for big stakes in Melbourne this week, country Victorian as well as Southern NSW players are preparing themselves for the Annual Country week tennis Tournament for pride and glory.
The tournament is huge, this year being hosted by the Wodonga tennis club which has about 50 grass and synthetic courts and from reports given also also uses another 50 courts from around the district including temporarily converted football fields into grass courts. This is what happened last year when the Swan Hill Club hosted the event and the Hay players played some matches on its footy oval. It is understood over 1000 players enjoy the tennis, atmosphere and organised entertainment for the five days play.
 Former Hay player Derek McFarland is the instigator behind the Hay entry a few years ago when he first entered a team to  play the event hosted by the Shepparton Club and has continued since with Hay fielding two mens teams. It makes common sense for Hay players to travel to regional Victorian towns due to its geographical position compared to the Sydney trip for the annual NSW country week. A Hay mens team did make the Sydney trip once, over two decades ago with Derek in the team as well as Steve Longworth, Tony Callaghan, Warren Hunt, Scott Whitmore and juniors Jasen Walter and Stu Calllaghan with the team playing about the third division finishing about 5th.
Last year one of the Hay teams made the semi finals in their grade for the first time while the other team narrowly missed a semi berth in their grade.
Teams are currently being finalised and includes a number of ex Hay players such as Gavin Mather (Wagga) Andrew Cronin (Ballarat) and Ben Finch (Newcastle) with the dates of play from Mon Feb 8 to Fri Feb12.
The proposed first juniors series  tourney for the year is at Wagga on the 14th Feb with only 9 tourneys listed for the 2016 year. In theory there should be big entries at these tourneys, with West Wyalong, as well as our neighbouring towns of Narrandera and Leeton not hosting tourneys. Hay is scheduled for 24th April with Griffith 27th March.
It is hoped to hold another social match against Deniliquin similar to last time involving a team of about 30 youngsters and a great mornings tennis and hospitality.
Weekly Awards
The Foodworks award goes to Derek Mc Farland the brains behind getting Hay teams to participate in the Victorian Country week, The Crightons Rural Award goes to Lani Houston for attending the annual coaches conference at the Australian Open with the Agflite award going to Wendy Heerey in producing the most attractive Hay Tennis Club Community Calendar with some copies still available at the clubhouse.

Hay Tennis Club News 17th Jan: Night Tennis Competitions

New night competitions will commence from 8th Feb after school resumes with entries now being taken online or phone tony. Women will play Monday and Men Wednesday with players entering with a partner or request a partner. Women are expected to have 5 grades and the men 4.
The annual mixed competition in two grades was held on Friday nights before Christmas –  There was a good entry and a good atmosphere so if there is enough interest another one will be held also commencing in February.
Junior players are encouraged to participate in the new night competitions if they are of sufficient standard.
Junior Sunday mornings group activities will also commence in February and will be held in two sessions – The second session will be split into two groups to include a weekly competition group until the Friday afternoon competition restarts. More information on this will follow.
Stuart Callaghan returned to Sweden yesterday with his daughter Mika and despite the hot weather gained a lot of private coaching whilst in Hay. Zac Molloy has also been busy coaching and will continue until he returns to Uni. Zac is doing a good job with his pupils developing nice styles. Sara Molloy is also available for coaching this month with Lani Houston away at present.
Lani Houston is currently attending the Australian Open Coaches Conference and yesterday was involved in the Cardio session learning all the latest programs and developments.
She is keen to get Cardio restarted when she returns to Hay as Stuarts private tennis lessons schedule did not allow him time for Cardio. Andrew Cronin was conducting Cardio tennis before his transfer from Hay some years ago.
Australian Tourneys
Its that time of the year when there is plenty of tennis around the country and can be seen on the free to air TV. Well done to the Australian team winning the Hopman Cup after 17 years when they beat the Ukraine in the final. The Australian Open starts this week with players from so many different countries promising to bring some exciting matches.

Hay Tennis Coaching Update:

Hay Tennis Club coach Stu Callaghan is back in Hay for a short period and can do some coaching if anyone interested==
His coaching fee is as follows
   1 HR——-  $45      +   court hire  $5   (or $10 if non member)
1/2 HR——-   $27      +  court hire  $3   (or $6 if non member)
All court hire monies are collected by Stuart.
Note GREEN PASS members pay no court hire.
Zac and Sara Molloy are also currently conducting private coaching at their coaching rates plus the same court hire fees as above.
Junior Sunday Morning group coaching will resume in February

Hay Tennis Club News 20th Dec: Tennis Clubhouse Looks Good

The Hay Tennis Clubhouse improvements including the logo looks very appealing and a nice approach to the town from the bridge. The recent works to both the inside and outside of the clubhouse has been long overdue and despite a grant and expertise assistance from Hay Shire it has put a huge debt on the Club but well worth it.
The Club gets a good income from good numbers participating in night tennis comps however these wont recommence until the holidays finish with the Club now relying on regular court hire through this period as well as its annual calendar advertising sales for financial assistance.
The 2016 Tennis Club Calendar with its colour (and no more staples) looks the best ever with Wendy Heerey doing such a magnificent job.
Further mens trebles (winning the singles, doubles and Mixed in the same year) not mentioned in last weeks notes were by Charly Clift 1947 and Ross Targett in the 60s. Womens trebles information will be forthcoming.
Private coaching is currently being undertaken by Lani Houston, as well as Zac and Sara Molloy who are currently in Hay. Persons pay the coach their share of court hire the rate depending on Green Pass or ordinary club member or non member plus the coaching fee. Any further persons wishing to conduct private coaching can contact Tony Callaghan if they wish. Sunday Morning group juniors coaching in two groups will resume in February.
Congratulations to the Grazier for its sporting coverage to all sports throughout 2015 having limited space and difficulty in pleasing all of us. 

Hay  Tennis Club News 13th December : Darren Rose Completes Tennis Treble

Darren Rose and Catherine Carroll wounded up the Club Championships by taking out the 2015  mixed title on Friday night against Warren Hunt and Tania Stephenson. Despite the strong score line the match produced a number of entertaining rallies. Katie and Rob Fajks won the (B)grade final against Melissa and David Hill a tough match 6/5 6/2.
Darren Rose took out the treble this year winning the singles , the doubles with Steve Longworth and now the mixed.
Mens trebles have previously been made by Andrew Cronin, Tony Callaghan, Steve Longworth and David Davies from memory spanning back over 70 years.
Catherine Carroll had earlier in the year won the Womens singles.
Mens Comp
The mens competition was successfully completed with the Walgrove team of Andrew Davies, Allen Dwyer and Steve Longworth winning (A) grade. The team won the title one point ahead of the Wyvern team of Peter Lawrence and Scott Dixon on the ladder, with no final which contained four teams in this grade playing each other twice.
(B) grade was won by the 2HayFM team of Pacey and Peter Marks winning the final against the Hay Shire team of Greg Stewart and Damon Slattery in a very close match the score 6/5 2/6 and decider 7/5 while the (C)grade final went to the Saltbush Motor Inn team of Jensen Hargreaves and Brad Callaghan winning their important doubles with the singles sets  tied against the Hay Newsagency team of Ferg Cattanach and Kenny Hargreaves. 
The final junior tennis day involving all juniors was held on Saturday night which included some Christmas food and presentation of prizes for those attending.
Jensen Hargreaves won the award for the best performed junior in 2015, with prizes also going to the coaches who have kept the juniors program going in Stu Callaghans absence. Special prizes were also awarded to various players for their attendance throughout the year in Sunday morning sessions or Friday comps as well as lucky door and tourney winners. It was a good gathering with a wonderful atmosphere on the night with President Warren thanking all the parents and families for their good support.
Weekly Awards
The Foodworks awards go to Darren Rose and Catherine Carroll for the open mixed title, the Crightons Rural goes to Katie and Rob Fajks for the (B) mixed finals win undefeated throughout the competition and the AgFlite goes to Griffiths Cheryl Rawle for advising the Hay Club of the Sam Groth Day with no advice from Tennis NSW.

Hay Tennis Club News 6th December: Competition Tennis Concludes This Week

Tennis will conclude this week with play on Wed, Friday and Saturday nights. Court hire will then be popular for the next seven weeks before new competitions begin late January.
Friday Mixed
The finals of the Club Championship grade as well as the (B) grade group and consolation matches will be played this week. Former champions Warren Hunt and Tania Stephenson had another tough tie breaker decider win, this time in their semi final last week against Dylan Lund and Immogen Molloy 6/4 1/6 (7/5) – and will now meet the number one seeds Darren Rose and Catherine Carroll in the final. The (B) grade final will be played between the two unbeaten teams the Hills and Fajks, with other pairs and teams drawn for playoff matches. Andrew and Tess Blair team had a good win 5/6 6/2 win against the Mysery team last week comprising Olivia Joyce and Wendi Thompson. Well done to Jonathon our relief pharmacist who had a good win as a substitute for the Fajks.
Monday Womens
Three of the four grades finals went down to the wire with exciting tie breaker deciders being contested.
In the (C) grade the defending champions Hay Jewellers has done it again this time the team of Mikaela Hurst and Olivia Joyce winning against the unbeaten Hydes Building team of Ruby and Ferg Cattanach in a marathon 4/6 6/5 (7/5)
The (B Res) grade final also went down to 7 points to 5  decider when the Saltbush motor Inn team comprising Sharyn Headon who was partnering Kirsten Hutchings ( filling in for Kim Curtis)  beat the Hay Newsagency team of Trish Jamieson and Julie Doidge after sets were tied 6/2 3/6
The (B) grade was a good contest won by the Meggs Grains team of Sue Hanna and Janine Bryant 6/4 6/2 coming home strongly against the Hay Tourist Centre team of Donna Wade and Liz Moorhouse.
(A) grade was another nail-biter with the Walgrove team of Sam Davies and Belinda Headon prevailing 3/6 6/5 (7/4) over the Hay Motors team of Paula Comb and Leonie Laracy
Most other teams were involved in playoff matches with some good wins to both the Hay Public School Red and Gold teams, AgFlite, IGA and the O’Briens Fertilisers teams.
Wednesday Mens
The mens competition will be finalised this week to also include social tennis for all grades between 6.30 and 9pm with a full report available next week.
Saturday night junior tennis will conclude this weekend with the two session groups combining for the night 6pm to 8pm. Please bring a plate of food to share for a Christmas breakup. The coaches will be organising some fun tennis and grudge matches and some prizes will be awarded on the night.
Last Sunday nine Hay juniors attended the Sam Groth day in Albury and enjoyed a wonderful experience. Sam is an ex Narrandera and Albury boy who is our latest Davis Cup hero and holds the world fastest serve.
Weekly Awards
The Foodworks award goes to Kim Curtis a member of the (C)grade winning womens team who was away with work and unable to play the final. The Crightons Rural award goes to Alburys Sam Groth finding time in bringing his world experiences and skills back home to the  Riverina juniors. The AgFlite award goes to Lani Houston currently busy undertaking coaching activities in Stuart Callaghans absence and supporting those players who attended the Albury experience.

Hay Tennis Club News 30th November: Tennis to Finals

Semi finals in most grades to both the Womens and Mens night competitions were held last week.
Semi finals were played in three of the grades  with the (A) grade playing their last round before the top two qualified for the final.
In (C)grade the defending champions Hay Jewellers continue their nervy results 6/4 4/6 and tiebreaker (7/5) this time with the team comprising the reliable Gemma Tassell filling in and partnering Olivia Joyce to beat the unbeaten HPS Gold team of Cathy Duncan and Sharelle Hurle in their semi. In the other semi the Philip Hydes Buiders brother sister combination of Ruby and Ferg Cattanach were too steady in the windy conditions to beat the 92 Computing team of sisters Katie and Karinda Deaton.
In (B Res) the Hay Newsagency team with Julie Doidge playing her first tennis comp combined well with Trish Jamieson to beat the Services Club team of Bianca Goulding and Ruby Hurst 6/3 6/1 in their semi while the other semi was so close with the Saltbush Motor inn team of Kim Curtis and Sharyn Headon narrowly prevailing over Nicolas Royal
In the (B) grade the Hay Tourist Centre team of Liz Moorhouse and Donna Wade won their semi in a solid performance 6/3 6/3 against the Auscott team comprising Yvonne Mack and Lou Gardam with the other semi going to the Meggs Grain Handlers Janine Bryant and Sue Hanna who are going from strength to strength the score 6/2 6/3 against the StMarys team of Katie Fajks and Dana Andrechek.
The (A)grade had an exciting finish to its last scheduled round before a final between first and second points positions, with scores playing a big part in determining positions.The Walgrove team came in top of the ladder by one point with Samantha Davies and Belinda Headon winning 6/1 6/4 against the O’Briens team of Maggie Biggs and Hannah Stewart. The second spot went to the Hay Motors team of Leonie Laracy and Paula Comb who had a very important 6/4 6/1 win against Hay Shires Jaz Gregory and Heidi Stephens to come in equal on points and position determined on count-back.
Semis were played in two grades with the Hay Jewellers and Saltbush Motor Inn winning their (C)grade matches. Wooloondool( Herbie Maynard and Hugh Crighton)) and Pevensey (Jack Headon and Will Simpson ) won the playoff matches.
 In (B)Grade semis The Hay Shire team of Damon Slattery and Greg Stewart after a tough 6/4 first set win came home strongly to take the second 6/1 and match against the Biggs Bobcat Hire team of Corey Poole and Lloyd Jones with the other semi going to the number one seeds 2 Hay FM 6/2 6/3 in long rallies over the Meggs Transport team of Paula Comb and Tex Davies.
In (A)Grade the Wyverns strong 6/2 6/1 win against Booroorban has put Boorooban  out of title contention. The winner of this grade will be top of the points table so the final round is important to both Wyvern and Walgrove.
Semi finals of the Championships as well as consolation matches will be played this week together with another round of the (B) grade with finals scheduled on the 11th December
Junior tennis commenced on Saturday night with just under 20 participating. The Fri evening competition as well as the Sunday morning activities have combined to play now on Saturday nights.
The 6pm session entailed three different standard groups with some nice shots played by Jack Booth, Sophie Curtis and Will Jamieson while the 7pm group had some outstanding activity winners in Sara and Immogen Molloy as well as Maggie BIggs.
This coming Saturday night is the Carols By Candlelight so at this stage only a 6pm session is planned in four groups (no 7pm session)
The juniors christmas party and presentation is scheduled the following Saturday Dec 12
Seven players have entered the Regional Tennis Development Day to be held in Albury this coming Sunday the program headed by hometown favorite and Davis Cup player Sam Groth who currently holds the fastest serve in the world. He will be joined by Sydney and local coaches in what looks to be a great day of tennis activities.

Regional advance tennis clinic Albury

I have just been recently advised (and expecting more info) of this special South West Tennis Regional coaching clinic to be held at Albury on Sunday 6th December (next week).

The activity will be led by former Albury boy and now Aussie Davis Cup player Sam Groth and who also holds the fastest serve in the world i think ( maybe he can work on my serve).
There will be other coaches also involved.
At this stage there is a quota / criteria for players to be eligle to attend, to those players who finished in the top 10 positions of their age groups in the series tourneys, held throughout the year.
The day will run from 9am to approx 3pm with no cost involved and lunch provided (on the house-i think)
Those interested please contact me by the weekend– as i will be sorting out names with Cheryl from the Griffith Club.
cheers tony 0419571292


Hay Tennis Club News 22nd November: Tennis to Semi Finals

Mens and Womens tennis competitions are on track and are now up to semi finals scheduled this week.
With 15 teams competing in the (C) grade- quarter finals were played in this grade last week. The defending champions for the past two competitions Hay Jewellers has done it again coming home strongly this time to beat the Crightons Engineering team of Delilah Crighton and Katie Arandt in the narrowest of margins 5/6 6/4. The HPS Gold team playing their first competition continue their good form by winning their quarter final against the Foodworks team of Mandy Pocock and Penne Bolitho the score being 6/3 6/3. The 92 Computing team this competition playing very mature tennis had a 6/3 6/1 good win against Kim and Zoe Biggs, while the last quarter final match saw former champions Elders, Chloe Slattery and Sophie Cox  going down 6/1 6/3 to the ever  improving Philip Hyde Builders combination comprising Ruby Cattanach playing her very first tennis and partnering brother Ferg.
Semi finals are scheduled this week in this grade as well as two other grades. (A)Grade will contest their final round with the top two teams to contest a final.
In the (A Res-B) Grade  the 2 Hay FM team of Leonie Booth and Lindy Stewart just missed a semis birth with their ladder points after winning the first set last week against Meggs but going down in the second set, losing the match on total games. The (B Res) grade will slso hold play off matches as well as semis. Points in this grade were so close between the eight teams.
Fantastic tennis and atmosphere in last weeks play with 10 substitutes helping out in the 20 teams competing with no forfeits now for two years with an abundance of subs.The (A) grade continues at a high standard for the four teams competing with the AgFlite team now looking out of title contention for first past the post in this grade.
Semi finals and playoffs in the other two grades will be held this week.
There were a number of activities on Friday night and with the terrible winds everyone was very happy that the night was cancelled and of course there will be no play this week due to the St.Marys fete with semi finals scheduled now the following week for both grades.
The Fri competition juniors have now combined with the Sunday morning group to play at 6pm and 7pm sessions on Saturday nights commencing this coming week.
Gold Coast Experience
Last January seven young Hay boys organised by coach Stuart Callaghan had three days intensive tennis training activities on the Gold Coast by leading professional coaches and former Australian junior champions Terry Saunders and Noel Callaghan. It was held at the Hope Island tennis complex.
Due to the success of that training for the Hay contingent another one is planned for July 2016 this one organised by Kerry Haidy in coach Stuarts absence. Again seven youngsters have entered so far, this one open to boys and girls of various standards and this one being held at Terry Saunders complex at Southport. Noel Callaghan is currently in Japan and will be there for some time involved with Japanese tennis programs.
 The Hay youngsters are organising fund raising to help assist with their costs for this great tennis opportunity. Any support will be greatly appreciated and further details and enquiries can be made to Kerry.( a top value raffle is currently being organised)
Weekly Awards
The Foodworks award goes to Emma Laracy for her great play for the Mick Laracy contracting team in Wednesday nights mens play with a 6/5 5/6 top draw result
The Crightons Rural award goes to Jamilah Pynor following up her 2015 under 13yrs girls champion title with a good display at Monday nights tennis comp with a strong win for Pynors Accountants against the Wooloondool team
The AgFlite award goes to Geoff Chapman for his very good play in the Mens (A)grade group leading his team for a title contention.

Hay Tennis Club News 15th November: Junior Tennis Titles Finalised

The 2015 junior club championships were completed on Friday with the 12s and 18s events and the finals being of the highest quality.
Bentley Murphy won his fourth consecutive under 19s title when in a high standard final against Dylan Lund leading 4/1 Dylan was forced to retire with a hamstring problem he obtained in the second game of the match. Bentley was too powerful for Jack Cattanach 6/2 in their semi while Dylan was in top shape to beat Pacey Marks 6/1 in the other semi.
Sophie Stephens proved she is one of the best of natural ability champions of Hay junior tennis when she won the girls 18s regaining her title she won in 2013. Last year was won by Sara Molloy. Sophie had to get past the two current form players in Immy Molloy 6/4 in the semi and then Maggie Biggs 6/3 in the final after Maggie had earlier eliminated Heidi Stephens in a tough 6/4 in her semi.
Jensen Hargreaves followed up his 10s success in winning the 12s boys and again beating Brad Callaghan in the final and again a 6/5 result the same as the 10s final. Jensen beat the in form Ferg Cattanach in his semi 6/2 with Brad winning his semi against the number one seed Herbie Maynard who was unable to compete through sickness.
 Jamilah Pynor won the 12s girls final in a very entertaining match against Skye Lilburne 6/3 which produced many long rallies.
This now concludes Friday junior tennis which now combines with the Sunday morning group to play Saturday nights from Sat 28th ( Sat 21st is the Hay Races)
Just under 20 players participated in our last Sunday morning activities  which will now transfer to Saturday nights . Lani Houstons awards for the morning went to Zali Turner, Will Jamieson and Ryan Curtis.
The Sat. night juniors will have a break up party on 12th December.
The mixed club championships has moved to the semi finals with the closest quarter final match going to former winners Tania Stephenson and Warren Hunt who won their match 6/2 2/6 and tiebreaker (7/2) against Paul Myring and Julie Lawrence. The (B) grade group still has two unbeaten pairs-Melissa and David Hill winning 6/5 6/0 against Karinda Deaton and Haden Marlin as well as Rob and Katie Fajks 6/3 6/3 against Justin and Rebecca McMillan.
Quarter finals are scheduled in the (C)grade this week with this group comprising 15 teams. Best in last weeks matches was the Wooloondool (Sue Parslow and Anna Lilburne) narrow win by one game over Foodworks. In (B Res) the TapperAg team of Kirsten and Courtney Hutchings had a close 6/3 6/5 loss to the improving Hay Newsagency team. In (A Res) former premiers Auscott (Teresa Mirabelli and Yvonne Mack) also had a close loss 6/2 5/6 to the St.Marys team. In (A) grade still very close between all 6 teams with the Hay Motors team of Paula Comb and Leonie Laracy also narrowly going down 6/3 6/4 to the O,Briens team
In the (A) grade comprising 4 teams the Walgrove team is just ahead of the other teams in a very close competitive grade. Steve Longworth continues to play consistent tennis.
The 2Hay FM team leads the (B)grade division one this time beating the new combination TapperAg team of Tim Headon and Stephen Sharp 5/6 6/1 with Headon displaying the talents he had when he won a number of Hay Junior titles. Meggs Grain Handling lead Division two. Hay Jewellers and Hills Corner Storelead their divisions in the very strong (C)grade comprising all junior teams. Jordan Woods , Jo Wilson and Daniel Stewart had the best results.
The annual AGM was held on Friday with Warren Hunt re-elected unopposed. In his report he advised that there were good numbers playing tennis with a membership again over 300 with the Club recently undertaking clubhouse improvements and having a very successful year. It was mentioned the 2016 tennis calender will begin this week.
Weekly Award
The Foodworks and Crightons Awards this week go to Bentley Murphy and Sophie Stephens in taking out the under 19s club titles and for former under 19 champion Tim Headon returning to the courts  in last wednesday mens and showing he hasnt lost his skill in his serving pace to take the AgFlite award.

Hay Tennis Club News 7th November: Good start to Mixed Tennis

The Annual Mixed Club Championships began last week ending up with a good entry of 8 pairs as well as 6 pairs contesting the (B) grade.
In the Championship grade– Dylan Lund and Heidi Stephens won a cliff hanger 7/5 in a tie breaker decider against Kate Murphy and Gus De Notta. There was a very pleasant atmosphere with players and families enjoying the facilities. (B) grade matches were all a good standard despite some of the players not hitting for some time. The Blair family beat the McMillan family in a very close match 6/5 6/4. Rob Fajks playing his first comp game combined well with wife  Katie to win 6/5 6/1 against Rindy Deaton and Hayden Marlin, while the Hill family came home strong against the Huggins family 6/3 6/1.
Mens Comp
Last weeks tennis was cancelled due to the weather with the draw much the same as this week.
Womens Comp
 Only 4 points separate the six teams in (A) grade with all matches last week very close. In the (A Res/ B grade) again matches were so close with the Hay Tourist Centre maintaining a 1 point lead over the Meggs Grain Handlers. In (B Res) only 8 points seperate the eight teams with the Saltbush  Motor Inn team continuing the ladder lead following its tough 6/3 6/5 win against The Nicolas Royal Motel team.In the (C) grade which comprises 15 teams – four teams share the lead on maximum points these being- Crightons Engineering,Biggs Bobcat Hire,HPS Gold and Philip Hyde Building.  Quarter finals will commence in this grade next week.
The annual 12s and 18s commenced on Friday following last weeks washout with a top entry of 25 players competing.  The 18s boys and girls fields had its best ever.
Bentley Murphy hopes to win his fourth consecutive 18s to join David Mabon (2005-08)  and John Campbell (1976-79) with Stu Callaghan winning 6 (1989- 94). Bentley will face Jack Cattanach in a semi after Jack eliminated Corey Poole 6/3. Other quarters results saw Pacey Marks beat Jesse Poole 6/1 and Dylan Lund beat Jordan Woods 6/2
Girls quarter finals results saw the Molloy sisters doing battle with Immy prevailing 6/4 over Sara.  Maggie Biggs beat Chloe Weeks 6/4 and Heidi Stephens in good form beat Jamillah Pynor 6/0
 In the 12s girls Skye Lilburne after taking out the 10s girls two weeks ago and being the first person to win consecutive years on the 10s winners board has now reached the 12s final following a 6/1 against Lily Huggins and will now play Jamillah Pynor in the final.
 In the 12s boys Zanda Haidy and  Codey Poole lost good first round matches to Kenny Hargreaves and Brad Callaghan with Brad then having a close encounter over Kenny in a quarter. Ferg Cattanach and Jensen Hargreaves also were quarter winners over Jai Poole and Joseph Prochilo with Ferg and Jensen to contest a semi this week.
Due to the large entry one court was needed for activities for those waiting on spare courts for matches. The activities and coaching was expertly run by Lani Houston who kept the players involved.
All remaining  quarters, semis and finals will be completed this friday– then both the Friday juniors as well as the Sunday Morning juniors will combine to commence on Saturday nights from Nov 21
Weekly Awards
Skye Lilburne wins the AgFlite award for her recent performances in the 10s and 12s annual club titles, Lily Huggins the Crightons Rural award for her good first up tournament appearance in the 12s event and to Alexander Haidy the Foodworks award for despite losing both his opening 12s and 15s first round singles put in some good points as well as easily raising the most sponsorship monies at the recent tennis -a -thon.

Hay Tennis Club News 1st November: Mixed Tennis Starts Friday

Eleven pairs have entered the annual mixed competition which starts this week with matches scheduled to start between 7and 8pm. In the meantime round two of the womens and mens competitions were played during the week.
Again all the matches in the four grades produced good close result with the competition ladders remaining close.
Bishops Lodge (with Hannah Stewart making a successful return after injury) and Hay Motors (with Paula Comb maintaing good form) lead the (A) grade by one point from Hay Shire and Murphys Clothing.
In the (A Res/B)grade the Hay Tourist Centre team of Liz Moorhouse and Donna Wade has jumped to outright leadership with a steady 6/2 6/5 win against former (a) graders Auscott
In (B Res) the Saltbush Motor Inn team of Kim Curtis and Sharyn Headon has also gone to lone leaders  following its 6/4 6/3 win over last seasons premiers the Hills Corner Store team with this grade involving involving 8 teams all very closely graded.
Four teams share the (C)grade lead with this grade comprising 15 teams. Players making a fine competition debut last week were Ruby Cattanach  and Caren Weymouth.
Another team has been added to the (B/B Res)Grade to bring to total 24 teams with the mens ladders also close in points.
The Booroorban team of Geoff Chapman and Warren Hunt continue to do well this time beating former champions Wyvern 6/1 6/5
2HayFM lead the (B)grade Div. (1) by one point following its come from behind win for the Marks combination 5/6 6/2 against Hay Shire while the Meggs Grain Handling team led by Peter Davies head the other division.
(C) grade form continues to impress in both singles and doubles play with current leaders being Hay Jewellers and Hills Corner Store
The Friday club championships singles was cancelled last week due to the weather so the 12s and 18s will now  start this week at 6pm with finals now to held on the 13th Nov.
 Sunday morning resumes this weekend.
Pacey Marks and Jensen Hargreaves are currently in Sydney representing the south west NSW Region in the State Series singles finals tournament and we should have more details to follow.
Weekly Awards
the Foodworks , Crightons Rural and AgFlite awards this week go to players who performed very well after returning to the courts after not playing for some time- these being Kerrie Summers, Grace Weymouth and Hayden Marlin
Hay Tennis Club News 25th October: Successful Tennis Week
The Hay Tennis Club enjoyed a successful tennis week in all its activities held with the start of new night competitions, finalising junior titles as well as the Halloween -Tennis-a-thon Morning.
Night Competitions
The Monday night womens competition ended up with 34 teams playing, its best entry since 2006 for this time of year and it was a very pleasant evening of both competitive and social tennis with a good atmosphere and contained a number of new players. A number of teams will get weekly byes to avoid using all the clay courts.
The Wednesday mens night competition attracted 23 teams with an enthusiastic big number of teams in the (B) Res and (C) grade divisions. Much after match discussions and replaying points was evident in the (A) and (B) matches.
The Friday mixed night competition entries will close this coming Saturday to commence on November 6th in two grades
Congratulations to Kerry Haidy in organising a very successful Halloween Sunday morning which included the tennis-a-thon played out by over 40 youngsters. The club had five coaches keeping the marathon going which was great, and had some good helpers for the trick or treat hunt. Well done to all the sponsor sheets and monies collected which will go towards the current clubhouse improvement works.
The 2015 juniors 10s and 15s were completed last week with some top finals completed.
The 10s girls match was won by Skye Lilburne 6/2 against Sophie Curtis and saw some nice rallies, with Skye joining her brothers Rupert and Digby on the honor board.
The 10s boys went down to the wire with Jensen Hargreaves beating Brad Callaghan 6/5 after the boys had semi finals success over Kyle Mitchell and Joseph Prochilo
The 15s girls also went to a tie-breaker with Maggie Biggs prevailing over Immy Molloy after both girls each won tough semis 6/4 over Jamilah Pynor and Emily Headon , with Emily in great form earlier accounting for Bianca Goulding in the quarters 6/2
The 15s boys saw Pacey Marks dominate firstly beating Jensen Hargreaves in the semis then brother Kenny in the final without conceding a game. Kenny had earlier won his semi over the number two seed Jesse Poole 6/1
The 12s and 18s will commence this week with entries taken up to 6pm with some getting byes this week and these groups will finish the following week
The annual juniors challenge between Wodonga, Wagga, Albury and Griffith was this year held in Albury on Sunday with six young Hay boys called into the Griffith team this past week to assist with numbers.
120 players took to the courts with the Griffith team finishing second to Albury.
Good luck to the three Hay players Maggie Biggs, Pacey Marks and Jensen Hargreaves who qualified for the state series singles finals being played in Sydney this week.


Hay Tennis Club News 11th October: Top local success at Tennis Tourney

The Annual Hay Open and junior Tennis tournament was successfully completed on the weekend involving over 80 players which included the best ever Hay presence of 45 participants.
The completion of the tourney at 3pm was perfectly timed by Tourney director Steve Longworth with a downpour of rain occurring shortly after the presentation.
President Warren Hunt thanked the major sponsors Wooloondool and Auscott and said it was a good team effort by many people in creating a good atmosphere while all visitors admired Hays first class facilities including the new paint-works.
The tourney is family orientated by covering all standards having a popular parent/child event , juniors and veterans as well as Australian Ranking open events. Next year the tourney will move back to school holiday time and will certainly increase visitors numbers.
For the first time there was a Hay female entry in the Australian ranking events and it was five of our locals entering this event- a marvelous effort and well done to Maggie Biggs, Immogen and Sara Molloy, Samantha Davies and Lani Houston participating at this level and with success.
Dale Sutherland of Melbourne and Mia Dementiev of Geelong took out the singles in these events.
Hay winners were Greg Stewart with Mark Hutchings in (C) doubles and with Daniel Stewart in the parent/child (b) section. Mark and Courtney Hutchings (C ) Mixed. Dylan Lund with Tristan Gibbs of Griffith in 16yrs boys doubles. Pacey Marks 14s boys singles. Ferg Cattanach and Herbie Maynard 12s boys doubles and Brad Callaghan 10s singles.
Former Hay player and now Wagga resident Gavin Mather also had wins.
Super 10s
The South West NSW 10 years tennis team of two boys and two girls which included Hays Jensen Hargreaves performed very well in the state wide competition on the weekend in Cessnock. Although not winning the competition the team was very competitive in this tough environment.
Night Competitions
The delayed mens (A) and (B) grade finals were played last week with the (A)grade winners being 92Computing( Darren Rose and Catherine Carroll ) beating Walgrove (Peter Marks and Allen Dwyer) 6/2 6/3 and (B)grade- Hay Shire (Greg Stewart and Damon Slattery) beating Murphys Clothing Store 3/6 6/1 tiebreaker(7/3)decider.
All new competitions Monday Womens, Wednesday Mens and Friday mixed will commence next week with entries closing this Friday.
The Annual club Championships will commence this Friday arvo and will start at 4.30 and finish 6pm The two age groups starting this week will be 10s (born 2005 or later) and 15s (born 2000 or later) All players are invited to give it a go.
Sunday morning will resume on the weekend in two sessions (am and 10am groups) and the following Sunday will see the Halloween/tennis a -thon day with players asked to finalise their sponsor sheets. The cost of the trick or treat is $5 and looks to be a fun family day with moneys to be paid to Kerry Haidy or at the clubhouse in advance for catering purposes.
Full details are on the clubs website.
Weekly Awards
The AgFlite award this week goes to Greg Stewart for not only his success at last weeks mens night competition but winning two events at the Hay Open tourney.
The Foodworks and Crightons Rural awards go to Mark and Courtney Hutchings for their Open Tourney play.
Hay Tennis Club News 4th October: Annual  Tennis Tourney this Weekend
The Annual Hay Open and Junior Tennis Tournament with this years major sponsors being Wooloondool and Auscott will be held this coming weekend with play commencing for those available on the Friday afternoon of the 9th probably around 4pm continuing with night play and then on Saturday and Sunday for those players available..
As at Sunday night there were a total of  70 players entered ( very few female entries) with Steve Longworth -tourney director returning from Croatia, still accepting late Hay entries. Thirty four visiting players have entered.
A successful meeting was held on Sunday (for those remembering daylight savings) to finalise details with cakes/slices donations or canteen assistance appreciated. There will be a practice session on Wednesday night at 6pm for all participating tourney juniors,with many not hitting for some time.
Night Competitions
The two delayed (A) and (B) grade mens finals from last comp will be played at 7pmthis week wed 7th.— 92Computing ( D.Rose & C.Carroll ) v Walgrove ( A.Davies & A.Dwyer) and Hay Shire (G.Stewart & D.Slattery) v Murphys Clothing Co. (G.De Notta & K.Murphy)
Thereafter new competitions in Womens, Mens and Mixed will commence with entries still being taken and full details on the web.
Congratulations to Jensen Hargreaves who with Maxwell Prest (Wagga) Amanda Howarth (West Wyalong) and another lass, will represent our region in a state wide team competition called the super 10s being held in Cessnock this weekend with Jensen unable to play the Hay Open.
Congratulations again to Jensen (11s) with Pacey Marks (13s) and Maggie Biggs (15s) who are competing representing our South West region due to their performances throughout the year, in the state wide singles series competition finals in Richmond in a months time.
The last Hay junior who had the honour of this representation was David Mabon.
The Juniors program is outlined in full on the web-detailing the annual singles commencing on Fri arvo 16th Oct, Sunday morning play including the Halloween and Tennis-a-thon.
The Gold Coast experience is being finalised by Kerry Haidy this week for those who are interested and involved.

Hay Tennis Club News: 30th Sept Hay Open & Junior Tennis Tourney
For the very first time Hay will conduct it’s Annual Open Tournament outside the school holiday period with play to be held from Friday arvo 9th Oct to Sunday 11th Oct
Entries close this coming Saturday with entries online or if having difficulty or computer problems contact Tony Callaghan. Already over 40 names have been received with entries for the Australian Ranking Events already closed. Players have an abundance of other events to play in, from A grade to C grade as well as parent – child doubles in various grades and doubles where the pairings combined ages total over 90 years
Junior events run from 18 yrs down to 10 yrs and under.
Players should indicate their available times over the two and a half days tournament.
Tournament director Steve Longworth is currently in Turkey running a tourney whilst gathering and assembling all the Hay tourney info by the internet. Players lists and details can be found through the tennis club website- 92 computing which shows players are from the ACT, Victoria which includes Melbourne as well as the Riverina and South West NSW.
Anyone who can assist in the canteen or donate cakes etc or can help in any way are asked to contact Wendy Heerey or Warren Hunt.
The Clubhouse is currently  being painted and has had interior improvements made and will look good for the tourney. The courts and grounds look fabulous.
Following the tournament new night competitions in Monday Women’s, Wednesday Men’s, Friday Mixed which includes the Club Championships as well as the Friday Arvo annual junior titles and Sunday morning tennis will recommence including the Halloween day with all details on the junior program
Those interested in the Gold Coast experience must advise Kerry Haidy this week.


Hay Tennis Club News: 29th Sept

The four grades finals were played on Monday night to finalise the Winter night tennis competition.
The Hay Shire Club Champions team of Jasmine Gregory and Sophie Stephens continued their good form in winning the (A) grade final against the Murphys Clothing combination of Kate Murphy and Catherine Carroll the score being 6/3 6/4
The (B)grade was a thriller and a family affair when the newly promoted Rubertos Transport team of Steph and Ferg Cattanach hung in to beat Jack Cattanach and Daniel Stewart who were playing for both the injured regulars Maggie Biggs and Hannah Stewart the score being 6/4 4/6 and decider 7/3 . It was exactly the same situation in the (B Res ) final when the Hills Corner Store team of Melissa HIll and Cathy Millyard won 6/4 4/6 (7/4) over the TapperAg team of Kirsten and Courtney Hutchings The defending (C)grade champions Hay Jewellers comprising Mikaela Hurst and Olivia Joyce won a close contest 6/5 6/2 against the Hay Newsagency team of Jamillah Pynor and Gemma Tassell.
Entries for the new competitions are now being taken.
The mens grades reached the finals which will be played after the school holidays. The (A)Grade semi saw the 92 Computing team of Darren Rose and Catherine Carroll beat the hay Motors combination of Warren Hunt and Samantha Davies 6/2 6/2 to now play Walgrove in the final.
Two very good (B) grade semis were contested with the HayShire team of Greg Stewart and Damon Slattery prevailing over the Auscott team of Mick and Jack Cattanach 6/3 6/3 with the other match so close with Murphys Clothing consisting of Gus De Notta and Kate Murphy winning 6/3 3/6 and beaker (7/3) against the champions Bidari – Bede Schiller and Tom Porter
Hay Open Tourney
The 2015 Wooloondool / Auscott Hay Open and Junior tourney has already attracted a good number of  entries from out of town and promises to be another success. The clubs surrounds and clubhouse is currently getting a major uplift to be ready for the tourney to be held on 9th 10th and 11th October
Weekly Awards
Melissa Hill and Cathy Millyard took out their first competition win to gain this weeks Foodworks and Crightons Rural Award while Jasmine Gregory got the AgFlite award for her consistency in winning titles.
Gold Coast tennis camp
In January this year seven young Hay junior boys had a great experience at a three day tennis clinic conducted by former Australian junior ranked players Noel Callaghan and Terry Saunders.
Both Noel (brother to Tony Callaghan) and Terry played the Hay Open Tourney many years ago and both now are fully qualified and heavily involved in coaching running their own tennis businesses on the Gold Coast.
Due to the January success another three day school is being planned for July this one at the Southport complex run by Terry and others, as Noel will be in Japan with tennis. This one is open to both boys and girls of all standards with finalisation of numbers needed by October. The full details of the program are on the Hay tennis website -juniors section.
Hay coach Stuart organised the January school however he is currently overseas so Kerry Haidy is organising names and has information on this venture.


Hay Tennis Club News: 13th Sept

Although not getting a winner the Hay contingent of players gained valuable experience at the finals of the Tennis NSW South West Region which includes the ACT held in Tumut on Sunday.
Those who participated at Tumut had finished in the top eight positions in boys and girls in their age groups 11s, 13s, 15s, and 17s determined from the points gained in the results of the 19 tourneys (260 participants) held from Feb to August throughout the Riverina  and included venues at West Wyalong, Goulburn and Canberra. Hay was one of the few towns to host two tourneys in 2015.
Congratulations to the eight Hay players who qualified for Tumuts Sundays finals -11boys Kenny and Jensen Hargreaves and Brad Callaghan–13s boys Pacey Marks and Jordan Woods–15s girls Maggie Biggs and Immogen Molloy with Maggie unfortunately withdrawing through a netball injury. Other Hay players who were in the top eight positions but were ineligible to qualify due to the ridiculous rule of needing to play at least six tourneys throughout the year these being Ferg Cattanach 11s Sara Molloy and Corey Poole 17s.This rule has been deleted for 2016. Other players just failing the top eight to come in 9th or 10th spots were Sophie Curtis, Herbie Maynard, Bianca Goulding , Chloe Weeks and Jesse Poole in their respective age groups.
Congratulations goes to Stuart Callaghan who plays a major part and to the support and encouragement of families in the juniors participation this being the first year any Hay player has qualified for the Regions finals (and we had eight).
The Friday arvo beanie points weekly tourney finished last week with the annual junior club championships to commence after the school holidays with dates and info outlined on the web.
Night Comps
 The Womens finals are scheduled this week in the four grades with a number of teams receiving byes.
Murphys Clothing and Hay Shire will contest the (A) grade final following their good wins last week. The (B) grade ladder was so close with O.Briens comprising youngsters Jack Cattanach and Daniel Stewart replacing the injured Hannah Stewart and Maggie Biggs to play an all family final affair against last seasons (B Res) premiers Rubertos Transport- Steph and Ferg Cattanach. Both the (B Res) matches were close last week won by TapperAg and Hills Corner Store while Hay Jewellers and Hay Newsagency snuck into the (C) grade final, with the Hay Jewellers premiers Olivia Joyce and Mikaela Hurst getting the required maximum points against IGA Katie Deaton and Tyler Clancy
The mens have only three matches scheduled this week- these being semi finals with the finals to be played after the school holidays.
One (A) grade semi was completed last week in the cross-over of divisions with Div.(1)winner Walgrove comprising Andrew Davies and Allen Dwyer beating Div(2) runner up Hydes Plumbing consisting of Dylan Lund and Gus De Notta 6/3 6/5
The (C) grade was completed last week with a great final contested and narrowly won in the doubles by the Saltbush Motor Inn team after singles scores were even against the Hay Jewellers.
New competitions will commence after the school holidays for Monday womens and Wednesday mens as well as the Friday mixed in two grades which includes the club championship grade.
Entries can be made online or contact Tony.
Weekly Awards
 The foodworks and Crightons Rural awards this week go to Jensen Hargreaves and Brad Callaghan for taking out the mens (C) grade night competition as well as their performances at Tumut and the AgFlite award to Immogen Molloy in finishing in 3rd spot in her age group in Tumut.


Hay Tennis Club News: 6th Sept

There are plenty of tennis activities coming up in the next six weeks starting next week with the mens and womens night competition finals.
Meanwhile Tennis South West NSW will hold its 2015 singles series finals in Tumut next Sunday 14th and good luck to the eight Hay players who qualified in their respective age groups.The new club jackets have arrived and the Hay players will stand out.
The Hay Open and Junior Tourney will be held from 9th to 11th Oct with the Halloween and Tennis-athon on Sunday 25th. The annual junior club singles titles will commence on Fri arvo 16th Oct.
Night Comps
 Last weeks mens play was suspended due to the rain with a fresh draw made for play this week. The juniors (C) grade will finalise this week.
 The womens matches saw some great tennis . In (A)grade the match on court one was of a high quality with Lani Houstons Japps prevailing over the Hay Motors team  6/3 6/4 while the Walgrove team were at their best winning 6/1 6/1 against Meggs Grain and the club champions Hay shire team of Jasmine Gregory and Sophie Stephens won a tough 6/2 5/6 match against Murphys Clothing. In (B) grade the Auscott team this match containing Lou Gardam and Sue Schneider came from behind 3/6 6/1 to beat Saltbush while the last seasons (B Res) premiers Rubertos Transport Steph and Ferg Cattanach had another good win this one over St Marys 4/6 6/1. (B Res) grade saw a close match with the Tapper Ag team of Kirsten and Courtney Hutchings winning 6/2 5/6 against the Hills Corner Store team. In (C) grade the Crightons team of Delilah Crighton and Katie Arandt won a very tight match 6/5 6/4 over IGA while the Woolooondool team of Sue Parslow and Anna Lilburne had a top 6/3 6/3 win. There were some slight adjustments to points gained in some matches due to the substitute rule.
There were some very enthusiastic competitive players at Fridays weekly tourney with only  doubles played with the division one winner and runner up being Herbie Maynard and Pacey Marks with a three way tie in division two containing 9 players these being Ritchie Weymouth, Joseph Prochilo and Emerald Headon. Play will continue on Friday
 Sundays fathers day had an enjoyable good number of participants. There will be no Sunday tennis now until after the Open Tourney with the Show this week followed by the school holidays.
Weekly Awards
 The Foodworks and Crightons Rural awards this week go to Paula Comb and Leonie Laracy the new Hay Motors team who combined so well to narrowly lose a top match. The AgFlite award goes to Yolander Miller who made a fantastic comeback to the courts in last weeks  competition round.


Hay Tennis Club News: 30th August

The Mens night Competition on Wednesday nights continues to have many even matches across the four grades while the Womens comp on Monday was called off due to the rain.
 After three rounds of mens tennis there is only two teams of the 26 playing that have gained maximum points, one being the Hay Shire team in (B) grade comprising Greg Stewart and Damon Slattery who had another good win this time beating the Rubertos Transport team  6/3 6/2. The other team is the Japps Pharmacy team comprising Jack Martin and Jesse Poole in (B Res)grade who won their match 6/1 6/3.
In (A)grade the 92 Computing team of Darren Rose and Catherine Carroll came back from their previous weeks loss  with a vengance by crushing  Ag Flite while Walgrove despite losing to the former premiers Wyvern Peter Lawrence and Scott Dixon 6/2 3/6 still lead the division by one point. The other division saw wins to Hydes Plumbing comprising Dylan Lund and Gus De Notta 4/6 6/2 over Hay Motors and Booroorbans Geoff Chapman and tom Lugsdin 6/1 4/6 against 2 Hay FM.
Other (B) grade winners were Murphys Clothing, Bindari and the father son good combination Wooloondool team of Nick and Herbie Maynard 6/4 6/5 over Meggs Grain Handling. There were a few bye teams in (C) grade due to an excursion with the winners of the other two matches going to O.Briens and Saltbush Motor inn with the closest singles win to Codey Poole 4/3
Good numbers participated in the weekly Friday arvo tournament as well as Sunday morning sessions.
Herb Maynard became the next recipiant of a club beanie prize when he won the division one Fri group which entailed singles and doubles sets- he was just ahead of Pacey Marks Jesse Poole and Maggie Biggs. In division two handicap  group Codey Poole and Brad Callaghan were equal with Emerald Headon in third spot.
 Sunday Morning saw some nice shots to Sophie Curtis, Navieen Sinngh, Mikaela Hurst and Isaac Booth. This Sunday will be the last for awhile with the Hay Show, holidays, and open tourney coming up as per the junior program.
Entries online are starting to come in for the Open Tourney and Green Pass memberships have now been finalised. Works are continually being undertaken at the tennis club with painting of the clubhouse interior and exterior now being investigated to be finalised for the Open Tourney.
Weekly Awards
The Foodworks and Crightons Rural awards this week go to Maggie Biggs and Herb Maynard for their Friday arvo tourney play as well as their recent night womens and mens competition results with the AgFlite award to Mikaela Hurst for her Sunday morning play
Hay Tennis Club News: 23rd August: Hay Tennis Tourney Entries Now Open
The Annual Hay Open and Junior Tennis Tourney will be held this year on  Oct 9,10,11 with entries now being taken. Woolooondool Farms and Auscott are again the major sponsors with many minor sponsorships also received. Entry forms are on the notice board.
Night Competitions
Round two of the womens and mens night competitions were held last week with some good tennis and upsets produced. Womens (A)Grade saw the Hay Shire team of Jasmine Gregory and Sophie Stephens carrying over their club championship form with a good win against Walgrove 6/4 6/2 while the other winners in this grade went to Murphys Clothing  and Japps Pharmacy with Bianca Goulding as a substitute playing well in this grade. In (B) grade the Hay Tourist Office team of Liz Moorhouse and Donna Wade  opened their account with a tough 6/5 6/3 win over St Marys with other wins to O.Briens and Auscott. (B res) saw  the Tapper Ag team of Courtney and Kirsten Hutchings win a tough 5/6 6/2 win against AgFlite. In (C)grade Jamilah Pynor leading the Hay Newsagency had a good 6/2 6/1 win over Crightons Engineering team with other winners being Hay Jewellers and IGA.
Mens (A) grade saw a top win to the Walgrove team of Al Dwyer and Andrew Davies 6/1 6/3 over 92 Computing and a fantastic win by AgFlites Paul Myring and Anthony Slattery 6/1 4/6 against former premiers Wyvern and other winners in this grade went to Hay Motors and Anthony Hydes Plumbing. In (B) grade the former champions Bindari went down to the Rubertos Transport team of Ryan Morrison and Frank Ruberto 6/4 6/4 with other wins to Hay Shire, Auscott and Murphys Clothing all tough matches. In (B) Res the new team Newmarket went down 6/2 6/4 to the Mystery team while (C) grade has now increased to seven teams with a redraw planned this week due to a lot away on excursion. Last week the Crightons Rural team of Hugh Crighton and Ritchie Weymouth hung on to narrowly beat the O’Briens team of Daniel Stewart and Tom Christensen with other winners being Saltbush Motor Inn and Hay Jewellers.
The Friday arvo weekly tournament winners last week were Warren Hunt and Joseph Wilson – with Ferg Cattanach and Joseph Wilson winning Club beanies in reaching the required points at this stage with the full scores on the web. Note the new times with the finish now at 5.30 with weekly registrations taken at the courts.
Sunday morning had an attendance of 23 in the two sessions with everyone having an enjoyable time with Kayla Rickus, Vanessa Kennedy and Chloe Weeks seen hitting some good shots. Check out the juniors program being updated on the web.
Weekly Awards
This weeks Foodworks and Crightons Rural Awards went to the four new players who had their first night competition game last week all performing quite well- these being Anna Cattanach and Morgan Bibby-womens and Manning Doughty and Mick Flattery -mens, with the Ag Flite award to Corey Poole who subbed in mens (A)grade tennis following his Hay HIgh Marathon win the same day.
Hay Tennis Club News: 16th August: Junior Tennis Tourney A Success
Last Sundays Juniors Series, Hay Singles tourney was a huge success with 58 players involved, which included 30 Hay youngsters mixing it with some of the best in the Riverina and Canberra regions.
For the first time ever Hay were asked to run two junior tournaments in the same year having already held one in April.  Hay has the perfect facilities and expertise of coach Stuart in running an enjoyable tourney where everyone regardless of standard gets a good days tennis. The tennis club members and friends come together on this day all involved in some way or another- ranging from court maintenance to food donations and preparations as well as umpiring and the many other behind the scene tasks and in total  has been recognised by Tennis NSW.
Hay gained success in getting three runners up in their age groups- these being Ferg Cattanach–11 boys, Pacey Marks–13 boys and Maggie Biggs–15 girls. Many other locals some playing their first tournament did exceptionally well in the (B)grade events–Emily Headon 1st and Chloe Weeks 2nd–13 girls,–Ralph Robson 11boys runner up to Codey Poole 13boys group while in the (c) grade sections–Will Simpson beat Luke Nevinson in the final– 11boys
Players gain points in these tourneys with a possibility of  7 Hay players qualifying for the finals next month, this year to be held in Tumut.
Friday arvo and Sunday Morning tennis will be held this week.
Club Champs
The last of the 2015 Club Championships doubles was held last week when the womens (B) grade final was won by Beth Schiller and Lou Gardam 6/3 6/5 against Kim Curtis and Sharyn Headon
The mixed titles will commence after the school holidays on Friday nights. The junior titles will commence on Friday arvos after the holidays.
Night Comps
Both the mens and womens night teams competitions in various grades are now underway and will run up to the school holidays. There have been some adjustments to the original draw with all players to check their times.
Wooloondool/Auscott Tourney
 This years Open Tourney with entries now open will be held October 911. Forms are available at the club.
Weekly Awards
Thank you to Ag Flite joining Foodworks and Crightons Rural Engineering as sponsors of the weekly awards. The recipients this week go to Will Simpson Luke Nevinson Ralph Robson Codey Poole Emily Headon and Chloe Weeks for their minor grades success in the Hay Junior Tourney.
Hay Tennis Club News: 9th August: New Tennis Club Doubles Champions
The 2015 Club Championship mens and womens doubles finals saw top standard play with new pairs winning their first titles.
The womens title was taken out by Jasmine Gregory and Sophie Stephens in an exciting scoreline 6/5 6/4 against the number one seeds Samantha Davies and Belinda Headon.The win succeeded their semi final victory over the past two years champions in Catherine Carroll and Kate Murphy.
The mens also of a high standard particularly in the first set was won by Darren Rose partnering former doubles talented winner on many occasions spanning many years in Steve Longworth- the score being 6/5 6/0 against the experienced pair of Peter Marks and Warren Hunt.
The mens consolation winners were Bede Schiller and Tom Porter against Mick and Jack Cattanach in a top score of 5/6 6/0 and tiebreaker (7/3)
New competitions
The new mens teams competition commenced last week in four grades with a number of teams also receiving byes. The amount of teams in the mens at this time of year is excellent. The full draw will be available this week. Similarly the womens teams competition will commence this week with the draw now available.There are insufficient entries received for a (C Res ) grade and looks like this grade will not proceed.
The Junior Series singles tournament held in Hay on Sunday was a fantastic day involving  58 players and many spectators with a full report given next week.
The weekly Friday Arvo tournaments competition group winners last week were Herbert Maynard in group one and Zanda Haidy in group two with Zanda being the first Hay Tennis Club Beanie winner by obtaining the required points at this stage. Jesse Poole is in second spot and is vying for the second beanie prize.
Due to organisers away as well as a number of players on school excursions etc being absent there will be no Friday tourney or Sunday morning activities this weekend. The juniors program has been updated.
Weekly Awards
The Foodworks award goes to Steve Longworth in taking another club championships doubles title -first doing so in the 1970s,while the Crightons Rural award goes to Sophie Stephens in taking out her first seniors title having won juniors.


Hay Tennis Club News: 2nd August: Hay to Host Junior Series Singles Tourney this Sunday

The Hay Tennis Club will host its second Junior Series Singles Tourney on Sunday with over 70 players expected. The tournament will commence at 8.30 with brekki available and the kiosk operating all day with play expected to be concluded by 4pm. Donations of slices ,cakes and biscuits will be appreciated. Entries must be in by Friday and we wish good luck to all the Hay players playing.
In the Friday arvo weekly tournament for beanie prizes- three strong groups were formed which also included adults playing. In Andrew Davies group there was very little difference between Maggie Biggs, Herbert Maynard and Jordan Woods while in Warren Hunts group, Ferg Cattanach got the three points( and now leads the beanie race) with Jess Poole two points. In Tony Callaghans group Joseph Wilson won the top points.
Sunday Morning tennis was called off following the rains on Saturday night together with the early bleak morning.
Club Doubles
The 2015 Club Championships womens and mens doubles have reached the semi finals and finals stage. The womens quarter finals were completed in both the Championship and Consolation grades with some good tennis witnessed. The closest result in the main draw saw Lani Houston and Jess Weeks beat Leonie Laracy and Paula Comb 6/3 6/4, while in the consolation group Kirsten and Courtney Hutchings won 6/2 6/3 against Mikaela Hurst and Olivia Joyce.
The mens semi finals results saw some fantastic rallies with Peter Marks and Warren Hunt prevailing over Andrew Davies and Allan Dwyer 3/6 6/2 and tiebreaker (7/1) and the other result saw Darren Rose and Steve Longworth win 6/3 6/1 against Tom Lugsdin and Greg Stewart. The consolation semis saw Bede Schiller and Tom Porter win 6/1 6/4 against Frank Ruberto and Ryan Morrison while the other match was Jack Cattanach and Anthony Slattery winning 5/6 6/3 against Gus and Paul Myring.
Teams doubles Competition
The new mens teams competition commences this week with the draw on the web on Tues 4th Aug. The womens new competition starts 10th Aug with the draw on the web this week.
Weekly Awards
The Crightons Rural award goes to Joel Scalzi an Adelaide coach passing through Hay on Friday arvo offering his services to assist with the Friday arvo junior competition and hopes to return for the Wooloondool – Auscott Hay Open Tournament in October . The Foodworks award goes to Stu Callaghan in rounding up the players for Sundays tourney.
Memberships and Green Passes
Annual memberships were due for renewal by 31st July – check the members listed at the window notice board if unsure.

Hay Tennis Club News: 26th July

New Tennis Singles Champions
Catherine Carroll and Darren Rose are the new tennis singles champions for the year following their high standard finals matches last week.All four players were playing their first Hay final. In the women’s Catherine Carroll (nee Britt) served up her best tennis in three years to mix power and tactics to beat Lani Houston 6/2 6/0. The men’s final was of a high level played in wet damp conditions making the balls very heavy with Rose prevailing 6/2 6/2 over Joseph Etta. Despite not playing for many years and having had surgery Rose displayed the style he had as a former ranked NSW junior. Tom Lugsdin took out the (B) title with Trent Wall unable to compete due to his new work schedule.
The club women’s doubles commenced with matches and byes bringing the draw up to the quarter finals. The closest of the first round matches was Dana Andrecht and Katie Fajks winning 6/5 6/4 against Lou Gardam and Beth Schiller.
The men’s doubles for the second week was postponed due to the weather with the field now being split into the club championship and (B) grades to enable the titles to finish before the next team doubles commence.The new draw will appear on the web.
Entries for the next teams competitions for both men and women close online or with Tony Callaghan this coming weekend.
The second Hay junior series tourney for the year will be held on the 9th August with entries expected to be well over 60 players ( Hays earlier tourney received over 70). Some new nets have arrived and scraping of the clay courts is currently being undertaken as well as additional sand to the main courts. Kerry Haidy is looking for donations of slices,cakes and biscuits.
A few players attended the Wagga tourney on Sunday with Herbie Maynard getting a runner up in the boys 13s. Ferg Cattanach just missed out , narrowly losing to both the eventual winner and runner up all in the same group. The Young tourney is on 2nd August
Despite the cold conditions and only 15 attending the Sunday morning sessions were enjoyed by all with some deadly shots made by Issac Booth and Chloe Weeks was in top form. The third session group has now transferred to the Fri arvo competition which was cancelled due to the weather.
Player of the week awards
Darren Rose and Tom Lugsdin are the recipients of this weeks Foodworks and Crightons Rural awards.

Hay Tennis Club News: 19th July

Junior tennis resumed for both the Fri arvo comp and Sunday Morning activities receiving good numbers.
In very cold conditions on Friday, 10 players were split into two singles groups playing for their points for the clubs beanie prizes. Jess Poole won the group one, which also included Warren Hunt with Mikaela Hurst being the best performed girl player. Second position was tied between Ferg Cattanach and Brad Callaghan while group two was won by Alexander Haidy( who also leads the beanie points) and second spot to Joseph Wilson with some good tennis witnessed. Joseph Prochilo made a fine debut to competition serving well.
In good conditions on Sunday Morning, 30 participants enjoyed the activities in the three sessions with some good fun games and coaching especially serving being conducted by Stuart. From next week onwards Sunday morning will only hold two sessions with the juniors program currently being updated. All players who participated in the third session are of sufficient standard to play the Fri arvo weekly tournament.
A few players made the long travel to Tumut for its series tourney on Sunday and enjoyed the tourney despite not getting a winner. The Wagga tourney is on this Sunday with Young and then Hay the following weeks. A meeting will be held at 11am Sunday following the juniors sessions mainly to discuss the Hay Tourney.
Night Tennis
Both the singles finals for men and women are scheduled this week as well as the commencement of the club doubles for both nights following the cancellation of mens tennis last week due to the miserable weather.
Player of the week awards
The Foodworks and Crightons Rural awards went to Alexander Haidy for his good division two win in the Friday arvo weekly tourney and for Heidi Booth for her good play in the Sunday morning sessions

Hay Tennis Club News: 15th July

Tonights mens tennis singles and doubles club championships have been cancelled due to the weather with a fresh timetable and draw now to be made for next Wednesday
The womens club championship doubles entries close today with the draw appearing on the web on Friday to start Monday.

Hay Tennis Club News: 12th July

Tennis Singles Finals as well as Club Doubles Commence
The 2015 mens final this week will see two new players in Darren Rose and Joseph Etta playing for the title. Last week Doctor Joseph eliminated the defending champion Scott Dixon the score being 6/2 6/3 while Darren moved through his group undefeated.There will also be finals in the consolation groups. On the same night the start of the annual club doubles will be played and expected to run for three weeks the draw appearing on the web early this week. Thereafter the next teams doubles in four grades will commence.
The womens final will be held on Monday 20th the same night as the start of the club doubles titles in two grades also expecting to run for three weeks before the teams doubles in five grades will commence.The singles final will be contested between Catherine Carroll (nee Britt) and Lani Houston with neither of these players having reached the final before and both players beating Jasmine Gregory the defending champion, in their early rounds.
The juniors weekly Friday arvo tournament resumes this week with registrations taken at the courts up to 3.45 to finish at 5.15 with points going towards the race to the beanie prize.
The juniors Sunday morning tennis also resumes in three sessions however thereafter for the following two weeks will only hold two sessions with all players in the third session invited to join the Fri arvo tournament as these players are of sufficient standard. Junior Series tourneys will be held in Tumut, Wagga and Young for the next three weeks with players interested to make their own arrangements.
On Aug 9th Hay will host its second series tourney.
Player of Week Awards
The Foodworks and Crightons Rural Awards go to Catherine Carroll and Lani Houston in contesting their first club singles final

Hay Tennis Club News: 5th July

Annual Tennis Doubles commences next week
The Club Championships doubles for men will commence on wed 15th July to run for four weeks in two grades with the next teams competition in four grades to commence from 12th August.
Similarly the womens titles also likely in two grades will commence from mon 20th July and the teams competition in five grades from 17th August. Entries for the club championship doubles close on the weekend.
In the meantime the singles is working itself up to the finals stage with an entertaining match in the mens with the defending champion Scott Dixon having a battle with Anthony Slattery with a similar scoreline to last year with Scott prevailing in a tie breaker first set coming from behind to win 6/5 6/3 .He is now scheduled to play Doctor Etta in the first semi this week. Also scheduled is the clash between Peter Lawrence and Andrew Davies with the winner to play the second semi against Darren Rose.
The Crightons Rural and Foodworks weekly awards go to Scott Dixon and Anthony Slattery for their top match last week.
The juniors are having a break at present and set to return on the 17th for the Fri arvo comp and 19th for the Sunday morning three sessions

Hay Tennis Club News: 28th June

Semi finals of the club championship grade were completed last week with both matches of high quality. Catherine Britt got away to a good start and had the experience to hang on to win 6/1 6/4 over Maggie Biggs while Lani Houston beat the defending champion Jasmine Gregory in the other semi in a long match after going down in the first set the final score being 1/6 6/3 and tiebreaker decider set (7/3). The final will be played when school resumes in conjunction with the start of the annual club championship doubles in various grades.
Jo Davies was too strong for Olivia Joyce in the final of the B/C grade group winning 6/2 6/1. Other winners on the night in play-off matches were Kate Murphy, Lou Gardam and Bianca Goulding.
The mens tennis was cancelled last week with the defending champion Scott Dixon to play Anthony Slattery this week and Andrew Davies to play Peter Lawrence next week with the winners to play semi finals against Dr Etta and Darren Rose. The three other grade finals will be completed after the holidays also with the start of the doubles.
Doubles entries in the club championships in various grades are currently being taken to commence after the school holidays
The Fri arvo weekly tourney(points for the beanie Prize)competition and Sunday morning sessions are not being held for three weeks and will restart when school resumes.The program will appear on the web this week.
Weekly Awards
The Foodworks and Crightons Rural awards last week went to Jo Davies in taking out the combined (B/C) grade singles title as well as MaryLou Gardam for having a great marathon singles win in a play off match against Dana Andrecht

Hay Tennis Club News: 21st June

The Mens SinglesClub Championship grade will reach the semi finals to be played after the school holidays, while the consolation (A) (B) and (C) grade finals will be completed this week. Andrew Davies will play Peter Lawrence the winner to join Dr Etta, Darren Rose and the winner of Anthony Slattery and Scott Dixon in the semi finals. Last week the clash between Darren Rose and Scott Dixon was of the highest quality.Tom Lugsdin in the consolation inflicted Damon Slatterys first defeat with a 6/3 6/4 victory. In the (B) section Pacey Marks had a good 6/2 6/1win.
The Womens semi finals were washed out and depending on Mondays results this week will depend whether the final will be played Wednesday night or when school resumes.
In the meantime the club championship doubles in various grades will commence also after the holidays with entries currently being taken.
A contingent of 12 players played the Leeton Juniors Series Tourney on Sunday with Hay getting a winner with Ferg Cattanach in the 11boys singles with a wonderful performance.Runner up in this group was Jensen Hargreaves with Sophie Curtis runner up in the 11girls to Canberra’s Sophie McDonald , with the two girls combining to win a doubles special against two of the boys.
Both the Poole brothers Corey in the 17s and Jesse in the 15s were also runners up. Immogen Molloy continues her good form being the runner up to West Wyalongs Isabella Mason in the 15s girls.
Both the Fri Arvo points weekly tourney and the Sunday Morn activities will break for three weeks now. In the Fri arvo the points to a club beanie prize started last week with all those players in atendance receiving a point and in future divisional winners will receive three points ,runners up two points with a weekly attendance for others one point.
Weekly Awards
This weeks Crightons Rural and Foodworks awards went to Ferg Cattanach and Sophie Curtis for their singles and doubles performance in Leeton.

Hay Tennis News: 15.6.15 – Tennis singles to Semi finals

The Annual singles titles have advanced to the semi finals for the women with pool winners and runners up in the Club Championship grade determined. Lani Houston qualified in her group with Maggie Biggs (despite Maggie losing strongly to Jess Weeks last week), with Lani eliminating last years runner up Kate Murphy 6/5 6/3. Catherine Britt topped the other pool being undefeated with the defending champion Jasmine Gregory also qualifying after eliminating Samantha Davies in a tough 6/5 6/0 match.
Jo Davies and Olivia Joyce will contest the B/C grade final with both players underfeated in their pools. Last week Jo beat Teresa Mirabelli 6/2 5/1 and Olivia beat Cas Tidey 6/4 6/0. Matches will continue for all players up to the school holidays.
In the mens main grade Peter Lawrence had a marathon 5/6 6/4 (7/5) win against Warren Hunt and it now comes down to the Lawrence versus Andrew Davies match to determine second spot in this pool with Doctor Joseph already qualifying for the semi. The defending champion in the other pool Scott Dixon had a good win 6/1 6/3 against Geoff Chapman and Dixon will play Darren Rose this week in a match which is likely to determine semi finals positions.
The match of the week was in the consolation group with Ryan Morrison remembering his old coaching instructions beat Frank Ruberto 6/5 6/3. Tom Lugsdin and Damon Slattery both remain undefeated in their pool and will clash this week.In the (B) consolation group some great tennis was witnessed in the play of the four juniors and in the (C) consolation Matt Smith made a fine debut in beating Peter Macey.
Low numbers participated at the weekly Fri arvo tourney and Sunday morning sessions with some great consistent rallies in the comp Division (2) Fri group won by Rohan Hill and runner up Kyle Mitchell. Stuart had the Division 1 group on the ball machine with Maggie Biggs and Bethany Hurst going well in the workout.
Only 21 players attended the Sunday morning sessions with organisers only running the 9am and 10am groups. Some good hitting was produced by Kirby Pingaro and Zara Prochilo and in the 10am session winners were Joseph Wilson and Vanessa Kennedy. Play for both Friday and Sunday ( definately three sessions this week) will be held before breaking for three weeks due to the school holidays.
Congratulations to Kenny and Jensen Hargreaves taking out the 11 years boys doubles at the recent Griffith Long Weekend Open.
A few Hay players travelled overnight to play the Temora Series tourney which was poorly organised by the Tennis NSW official sticking to tournament rules instead of common sense meaning the Hay payers returned home late at 9pm. There is some doubt now that Hay will hold its second Junior Series tourney scheduled for 9th August. The Leeton tourney is on this coming Sunday with the full listing of tourneys linked to the Hay web.
Weekly Awards
This weeks Crightons Rural and Foodworks awards go to Kate Murphy and Samantha Davies despite both being eliminated in the club singles titles both played magnificent tennis and were gracious in defeat.


Hay Tennis Club News: 7th June

High Standard Tennis Singles
The annual singles would have to have the strongest fields for decades with nearly all the top players available this year for the Club Championship grade in both the womens and mens.There is also a good number playing the (B) and (C) grade groups.
Following the womens second round pool matches, the numbers 5 and 6 seeds Catherine Britt and Maggie Biggs with their good wins have secured semi final spots and depending on the round three pool match results will determine the other two semi finalists. Two matches went down to tie breaker deciders in the (B/C) group with Jo Davies a 7/3 over Marylou Gardam and Mikaela Hurst a 7/4 win against Cas Tidey. THe womens full results are updated on the web and Mondays time draw for the longweekend is now displayed with early matches from 4.45.
The mens club championship grade contains four former singles winners (it would have been 5 if Stuart Callaghan was not injured) and also includes two new players to the Club who both know how to hit a good ball. The match of the night in the pool format was the Warren Hunt 2/6 6/5 tiebreaker decider 7/5 win over Andrew Davies.
The 8 remaining players in the (A)Reserve group will now play two groups of pools with very good wins to Trent Wall, Phil Crosby, Tom Lugsdin and Damon Slattery
In the (B)consolation group wins went to Corey Poole, Liam Woods and Jordan Woods with Jack Martin winning 6/4 6/1 over Peter Macey.
The weekly Fri arvo tournament and Sunday morning activities in three sessions will continue on June 12 and 14.
Wow- how close was the Hay Public Schools loss in the Riverina semi final 4sets 33 games to 4 sets 31 games to the Griffith small schools team comprising two of Riverinas best girls from the Tharbogang and Weethalle schools and the two good boys from Goolgowi Public School. The Hay team consisted of Olivia Joyce, Delilah and Hughie Crighton, Ritchie Weymouth and Herbert Maynard.
Unfortunately the Hay High School girls team had to forfeit their semi final clash to be held in Albury when some players including reserves were busy with other important activities clashing with the tennis match.
The Griffith Open Tournament has attracted just on 200 players with Steve Longworth at the helm and promises to be a good weekend. Good luck to Jensen and Kenny Hargreaves who have entered the 11 years events.
Player of week awards
The Crightons Rural and Foodworks awrds this week went to Warren Hunt and Andrew Davies for their top marathon match and high quality standard.


Hay Tennis Club News: 10th May

The Hay Tennis Club celebrated Mothers Day with the return of Sunday morning Junior tennis as well as enjoying a pancake and coffee breakfast hosted by Frances Molloy, on behalf on the “Make A Difference” charity. The bleak conditions did keep some juniors away however, not so the mothers as they chose to spend Mothers Day at the club in usual big numbers.


Develyn Clarke made an outstanding debut in the 10 o’clock group, being promoted from the 9am session. Caitlyn Lund continues to improve at a rapid rate and also Cody Scott, who was an example to all with her ongoing encouragement and sportsmanship towards others.


Frances Molloy would like to thank all those who supported the pancake breakfast. All many raised goes to the Monash Minds Mumbai Initiative. Frances’s son and HTC great, Zach, along with seven other Monash University students are heading over to work in an orphanage for the Make A Difference charity.


A reminder to all Juniors that Sunday 17th May is our next Series Tournament in Griffith. If players have not spoken to Stuart, can they contact him immediately to receive their orders. Good luck in the rest of the Series.


This week will see the Women’s and Men’s Monday and Wednesday competitions enter the semi-finals. The Men’s Semi Finalists teams in A Grade are Wyvern and Slattery Painting, Japps Pharmacy and Tapper AG. In C-Grade O’Brien’s Furniture and P Hyde Building, Sports First and IGA will play off for a spot in the finals. The B-Grade semi-finalists are yet to be decided with another round of competition to be played before the finals.


In the Women’s Monday night competition, the defending A-Grade champions Hay Tourist Office (Sophie Stephens and Jasmine Gregory) missed a semi spot when after winning the first set last week against Walgrove 6/4  lost the second 0/6 not gaining enough points to qualify for a semi final. The Japps team qualified in the other division after going down 4/6 in the first set to the young O.Briens Fertilisers team of Maggie Biggs and Hannah Stewart and experience brought them home to take the second 6/2. Meggs Grain Handling continue their strong wins to also qualify for semis.


In B-Grade the Bishops Lodge team snuck into the semi finals one point ahead of Booroorban with the St Marys team finishing on top of this division following its good win over the Hills Corner Store team of Melissa Hill and Cathy Millyard. In the other division the Sportfirst team narrowly qualified for a semi spot despite losing to the Hay Newsagency of Tania Nisbet and Donna Schiller 5/6 6/3. The Hay Newsagency team also qualified with a good steady win over Bethany Hursts Services Club team.


In B-Res the DYs team remain unbeaten to make the semis with the Nicolas Royal team winning a marathon against the Elders team of Sophie Cox and Chloe Slattery 6/5 6/4 to qualify.


In the other division Tess Blairs Ag Flight team made the semis with a good 6/1 6/4 win over the Riverine Grazier team and the Tapper Ag team continue their good play with a strong 6/4 6/1 win over Foodworks Chloe Weeks and Melissa Ovens.


In C-Grade Div one the points table was so close with 92 computing and Pynors Accountants qualifying and bad luck to the two teams just missing out Biggs Bobcat Hire (Kim and Zoe Biggs) and IGA (Katie Deaton and Tyler Clancy) Division two also close with Cox Farming and Phillip Hyde Building getting in. Wooloondool (Sue Parslow and Anna Lilburne ) and Crighton Cranes (Delilah Crighton and Katie Arandt) missed.


In C-Grade last week the Hydes Plumbing team for this week comprising the mother daughter combination of Caren and Grace Weymouth had a 6/1 5/6 victory against the Lugsdin Toyota team and Hay Motors went down 6/3 6/3  to the Radio2Hay FM team who now will go straight to the final.


The Annual HTC Singles, in various grades including the Club Championship grade, will commence in three weeks time on the 25th May with entries already being received online or to Tony. The competition will run for 5 weeks up to the school holidays.


The Series Thrives in Hay: 26th April

In perfect conditions despite the weather, Hay hosted to date the biggest Medibank Junior Series tourney of the year. Forty Hay players were joined by thirty others from around the region to make up the seventy strong entrants. A number of Hay juniors made their Series debut in all age divisions. Thank you to Cheryl Rawle Head Coach Griffith, as well as her two international assistants Tom and Mari from Estonia, who not only brought a strong team but also helped to officiate matches throughout the day. Also Hay Tennis Club would like to thank Naomi Ritchie, Director of Coaching Deniliquin, for bringing a good contingent as well as also officiating matches. The event was even lucky enough to have players fly in from Canberra to compete. The Carnival atmosphere of the day inspired players to bring their best tennis and play in great sporting spirit. All players enjoyed a full day of competition in front of a big happy crowd, with sitters and grizzlers having nowhere to hide.


The success of the tournament can be attributed to the huge volunteer support from HTC members and family, with more than 25 helpers on hand for the day. A special mention to President Warren Hunt and Kerry Haidy who were both up from 3am Sunday morning to ensure the success of the tournament. Alongside them HTC would like to thank caterers Jess Weeks, Louise Hurst, Tiem Wilson, Marg Myers, Janine Cox and the great Wendy Heery who added the final razzamatazz to the club cafe; barbeque operators Craig Wilson, Daryl Hurst and Russell Curtis; and Tournament Chiefs of Staff Stuart Callaghan, Tony Callaghan and Lani Houston. Thanks also to parents who officiated matches Nick Maynard, Kellie Rutledge, Fiona Simpson and Fleur Cullenward. Hay Tennis Club would also like to thank the Hay Shire Council for preparing the surrounding grounds to give it the look of the most picturesque tennis club in NSW, according to Beryl Cornhill (bean counter and tennis decision maker from the East).


The success of Hay’s first Medibank Series is also partly due to the local tournament organisers refusing to tow the line of Tennis NSW regional heads and gladly breaking every rule in the book (according to them), by cutting red tape and giving greater opportunity for as many junior players to participate in the tournament as possible. While these officials are wanting endless hours to be spent filling out pedantic online forms and handing out tennis whizz-fizz bags and other pointless, meaningless rubbish, coaches in our region such as Stuart and Tony Callaghan and also Griffith’s Cheryl Rawle have figured it out. They are busy spending their time with kids on court – pure and simple. Although the mathematics doesn’t lie, the numbers don’t lie, our Tennis Country East West South Delegates will not understand it, as the analytical fine print will be once again overshadowed by the thick black bold print of their position titles and they will go on wondering what the hell is going on out here. If they ever wake up and want some answers, it’s simple – ring a Callaghan.


Along with some great results listed below there are also some notable achievements from the day. Chloe Weeks had her best Series tournament results yet, making the 13yrs girls finals. Bianca Golding showed huge improvement to make the finals also, and the most talked about debut in Series history, being undefeated in all six round matches and narrowly missing out on the finals, Will Simpson. Great effort Will, and to all good luck in the rest of the Series.


Hay Series Results:

Under 17s Boys Runner Up: Corey Poole

Under 17s Girls Winner: Sara Molloy

Under 13s Boys Runner Up: Pacey Marks

Under 13s Girls Runner Up: Bianca Golding

Under 11s Boys Winner: Jensen Hargreaves; and Runner Up: Bradley Callaghan


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ICPA Tennis Day Information:

The Hay ICPA 30 Year Anniversary Tennis Day is fast approaching being held Sunday 3rd May. Team Captains are currently putting teams together in your area. If you are not in a team or haven’t played in the past and are keen to play please contact Lisa Headon (02)6993 2164 or email

** Please bring a salad or slice/cake to share!

Prices for all inclusive Morning/Afternoon tea and lunch are:

– Primary School aged children $5.00

– Members $10.00

– Non Members $15.00

Price for all Players $10.00 for the day

The deadline for all players to have their names down to play is Friday 24th April (Anzac Weekend).

All Non-players are more than welcome to come and have lunch and a catch up!

This is our our major fundraiser for the year, so come and support the Hay ICPA branch and have a great family day out.

Fantastic raffle and door prizes up for grabs!

Hay Tennis Courts: Arrival 8:30am to start 9:00am

See you there!!!

View the ICPA Tennis Flyer if you’d like to print it out.


HTC News: 22nd April

The first weeks mens draw (tomorrow night ) is now on the website with a good entry of 26 teams in 5 grades. The two 5.30 matches will now start at 5.15. The competition will run for 5 weeks followed by the annual singles competition
The Medibank tournament starts at 8.30 on Sunday with all players to finalise their entry fee with Tony before they play and report to Stuart for court allocation and play rules advice. In contrast to the common Tennis NSW fee of $20 /$25 fee depending how early and the system of entering the Hay Club will charge an entry fee of $15 ( and we will probably get into trouble from tennis nsw ).
A well attended meeting was held last Sunday to discuss the tourney.
The following Sunday is the annual ICPA day which usually gets many teams comprising a big number of players who have an enjoyable day. An ICPA flyer is on the club noticeboard and further details will follow.
A lost court key has been located at court 9 gate and probably belongs to a green pass member.
The clay courts are in top condition as advised by the players on Monday night who played their matches on them. Andrew Davies did a magnificent job in scraping them and then the much needed rain came on the weekend and Warren followed this up preparing them for comp.

HTC News: 12th April

The Junior Medibank Series is coming to Hay on Sunday 26th April, only two weeks away. Juniors wishing to play are to make sure they let Coach Callaghan know of their availability as we are expecting big numbers for the tournament. Parents of players are also urged to let Stuey, Tony or Waz know if they can help on the day in either the canteen or officiating matches. A big effort is going to be required by the HTC community for this one.
Junior numbers were strong at Sunday morning tennis this week before a three week break. In Session One “best on the day” goes to Holly Ashcroft, Jacob Lund and Ryan Curtis. In Session Two, Georgia Booth, Mikaela Hurst and Alexander Haidy were named as stand out players and in Session Three Immy Molloy, Hannah Stewart and Maggie Biggs all played very well. Sunday morning tennis will resume after a three week break with important events on for the club including the Medibank Series Tournament in Hay and the ICPA Tennis Day on Sunday 3rd May.
Twenty-five teams have entered for the Women’s Monday Night competition and eighteen teams for the Wednesday night Men’s Comp. Entries were received up until Sunday night. Play commences next Monday night and players are asked to check the website draws to check that your name has not been missed.

The Series Shines in Griffith: 29th March

Thirty Junior players from Hay headed to Griffith on Sunday to compete in the Medibank Junior Series. Although play wasn’t due to commence till 8:30am the club had an earlier start than usual with some players requesting a 2 hour warm up session under lights from 4:00 am on courts 1 & 2. Callaghan has long talked about the need for extra effort and was delighted by the Hay juniors initiative and hopes it won’t be a one off . After this heavy session players gathered at 6:00 to head off . While some players traveled in cars; the players that were lucky enough to be on the Purtills bus with their Coach were chanting Callaghan worker slogans and military style rhetoric by the time they reached Griffith and were mentally prepared for battle. The day was a huge success and congratulations goes out to Head Coach and Tournament Director Cheryl Rawle, who never fails to deliver great competition for up-and-coming players throughout the Riverina.

The Hay team had a very successful day with The Series welcoming some new players – Iona Cullenward, Lily and Olivia Huggins, Darcy Cullenward, Nicko Mirabelli, Jack Headon and Lucy Davies.

Hay Juniors Series Finals Results: Sara Molly 17s Girls Semi-Finalist; Immy Molly 15 Girls Runner-Up; Herbie Maynard 13 Boys Semi-Finalist; Bianca Golding missed Semi-Final by 1 game to eventual winner; Sophie Curtis 11s Girls Semi-Finalist; Skye Lilburne missed Semi-Final by 1 game; Jensen Hargreaves 11s Boys Champion; Kenny Hargreaves 11s Boys Runner-Up; Brad Callaghan 11s Boys Semi-Finalist; Tom Davies 11s Boys Semi-Finalist; Jack Headon lost Quarter Final by 1 game.

The Monday Night A-Grade Women’s Champions are Jasmine Gregory and Sophie Stevens, defeating Belinda Headon and Samantha Newnham 6/3 6/3.  The Finals for the Men’s Wednesday night comp will be played this week.

Coach Callaghan is reminding Junior Players of the Series that there will be a training session on Easter Friday from 10am to 1pm followed by a sausage sizzle. Players are to contact Stuart for further details.

The Hay Tennis Club would like to wish The HWMHS Girls Cricket Team every success at the Bathurst State Finals. The Girls head off today to play a semi final Tuesday followed by – hopefully the Grand final Wednesday. Good luck girls!!


Everyone Belongs: 22nd March

It has been a huge week for the Hay Tennis Club. Early in the week the Club received great news from the 2015 NSW Police Games which were held in Wollongong. Club legend, Head of Highway Patrol and future Commissioner, Ben Finch teamed up with Dubbo mate Detective Senior Constable Josh Arnold and won the Bronze Medal in the Men’s Doubles event, from a field of over 150 pairs from across the state. Great effort Ben and Josh.

The Junior tennis calendar had its biggest event for the year with the Sunday Morning Easter Egg Hunt. This turned out to be a huge event with more than ninety juniors attending. President Warren Hunt said that he has never seen so many kids down at the club and that the day represented the Tennis Club’s philosophy completely whereby “everybody is included” and “everyone belongs”. A great day for the people. There was some early tennis before the mid-morning breakfast BBQ and then followed the biggest Easter Egg Hunt in Hay’s history. President Hunt and Coach Stu Callaghan would like to give a big thank you and congratulations to Kerry Haidy who organised such a successful event. Kerry came up with the idea and completely organised the whole thing, said Stuart. Kerry had some great help on the day from Tiem Wilson, Bec Mitchell, Jess Weeks and BBQ operators Russell Curtis and Shaun Books. Coach Callaghan said the Tennis Club is very lucky to have such willing helpers like these parents to take on such events and make the club great.

Monday night and Wednesday night tennis is heading into the final this week. For all the results from last week and more photos of the week’s events check out the new website and photo gallery which is being updated daily.

The Foodworks award goes to Ben Finch for his great result in the NSW Police Games. The Crighton’s Engineering and Adam Goodes Citizenship Award goes to Kerry Haidy.



Hay Tennis News: 15th March

A number of great matches were played at the Friday afternoon juniors competition last week.  Jordy Woods was the division one winner, with Brad Callaghan runner-up. Kyle Mitchell was the division two winner closely followed by Lily Huggins as runner-up.

The popularity of Sunday morning tennis is increasing with a huge number of juniors attending all sessions. Players of the week in session one were Bailey Caughey, Holly Ashcroft and George Mirabelli. Session two players of the week were Chole Weeks, Daniel Stewart and Jamilah Pynor. Jessie Poole, Maggie Biggs and Immy Molloy were the players of the week in session three.
The Thursday afternoon Elite Leconte Class, consisting of Herbie Maynard, Jordy Woods, Hugh Crighton, Rowan Hill and Benji Marshall, has seen a massive improvement since it has been decided by Coach Callaghan, in conjunction with their parents, that their time is better spent on court rather than at school. The five hour session from 1:00pm will give them a steely edge over their competitors in The Series, a tactic Coach Callaghan has taken from his mentor Damir Dokic’s autobiography “How to Rule the World”. The eventual winner from last Thursday night was Rowan Hill just edging out Herbie Maynard. All boys are relishing the extra work on court.
The Easter Egg Hunt is happening this Sunday. No weekly tennis fees will be charged to those who have paid for the Easter Hunt. A sausage sandwich will be available as well.
Entries and money for The Series Griffith Tournament must be finalised with Stuart or Tony by Monday 23rd March. Money for the bus must also be secured.
Games have been tightly fought and the atmosphere electric, during the weekly women’s and men’s night competitions. Points on the tables are very close with only one more round to be played before the finals. In the Monday night women’s, Team Nicholas Royal (L Murphy and J Zambon) fought a three and a half hour battle against the Sports First Team (D.Christensen and J.Rutledge), with Nicholas Royal prevailing as the winner 7/6 6/7 7/6. The much anticipated match of the year played between Dr Joseph and Steve Longworth versus Dixon and Lawrence saw Dixon and Lawrence lose their first set as a doubles powerhouse in eight years of playing together. The Carrathool connection held their nerve to eventually overcome Dr Joseph and Steve Longworth 4/6 6/4 6/4.
The Foodworks and Crighton’s weekly award winners this week are Rowan Hill and Chole Weeks.


Hay Tennis News: 8th March

The PSSA Riverina Tennis trials were held in Griffith last week with Hay players amongst those competing for a position in the team. Most notably Herbie Maynard and Ritchie Weymouth just missed out on the four selected for the boys, being named the first and second reserves for the Riverina Tennis Team. Delilah Crighton also narrowly missed out on making the girls tennis team.
In the Men’s competition, a superstar pairing of new doctor to town, Dr Joseph, and Steve Longworth and could be the only threat to fall the Carrathool Cartel of Pistol Pete Lawrence and Scott Dixon. Dr Joseph, who is only here for a month, filled in for players last Wednesday and absolutely dominated the court. A big welcome to Hay and hope you enjoy your stay.
The Friday afternoon Junior tennis competition has raised the standard of play, with many players improving their game in anticipation of the next tournament in The Series. Joseph Wilson, Kyle Mitchell and Emily Headon all performed well in the doubles matches. Herbie Maynard was the Division 1 singles winner and Hugh Crighton, the Division 2 singles winner.
Sunday morning tennis returned after the 3 month break with very high attendance, an electric atmosphere and all players showing great enthusiasm. Many thanks goes to the volunteers for helping with the group activities. Nate Clarke, Olivia Joyce and Imogen Molloy were all awarded the good play and sportsmanship awards for their respective groups.
Those wishing to participate in the Easter Chocolate Hunt on Sunday 22nd March are asked to give their names and money to Tony or Stuart Callaghan by the end of this week, with plans being finalised this weekend.
The Foodworks and Crightons Engineering Weekly Award winners this week are Joseph Wilson and Kyle Mitchell. The Adam Goodes fairness and equity award, with her help with the Sunday juniors and then winning the 11am group, goes to Imogen Molloy. This is a new award being given out for good citizenship around the club.

Hay Tennis News: 1st March

The 2015 night competitions have started strong with great entries in both the men’s and women’s draws. With Warren Hunt heading the recent 92 Computing Poll as Hay’s most popular sporting President; as well regularly being referred to as the “Thinking Women’s Crumpet”; it’s no wonder the Monday night Women’s competition is huge with 33 teams competing.

Two of the standout games from last week were 2HayFM’s team of E.Headon & M.Christenson having a narrow win over the Foodworks combination of R.Reeves and M.Ovens 6/5 6/5 6/5 in a 3 hour epic. The other game welcomed back Griffith’s teenage tennis star and poster girl of the 90s Michelle Finch. She teamed up with Lani Houston for Japps Pharmacy who had a close win over the O’Briens Fertiliser team of Hay junior superstars Hannah Stewart and Maggie Biggs.

In the Men’s competition the Carrathool Cartel of Dixon and Lawrence showed that they are still the team to beat in 2015 with a classy performance over the Slattery Fireworks team 7/2 7/2.
The Hay Newsagency has launched a new team for 2015 signing up Wayne Nisbet and Ted Woods. These two Hay Magpie greats will be a bit rusty for a week or two but other teams should beware, as they dominated the Hay Junior doubles scene in the early 80s.

The rise of the cotton industry in Hay has led to an influx of South American agronomists to the town. The Hay Tennis Club would like to welcome Argentine Guillermo Vilas (Gus) from Cotton Grower Services and Brazilian Maurilio Rezende Silva Neto of Landmark to the town and club. The South American’s are widely known for their clay court tennis but these two cotton agronomists can’t wait to give the synthetic grass courts of Hay a go. Welcome guys.

Coach Callaghan will be back on court from Monday the 2nd March and will head straight back into preparing kids for the next Series tournament in Griffith in four weeks. All junior players interested in competing in Griffith should contact Stuart immediately to work out a training program and schedule.

Check out the new look Hay Tennis Club website!


The 2015 Series Begins: 23rd Feb 2015

Hay Tennis Club’s biggest event this year is the Junior Medibank Series held across all of the Riverina with Hay itself holding two tournaments of its own for the first time. The Hay Juniors made an astounding impact during their first weekend of play in The Series at West Wyalong last Sunday. All players had a blinder, despite coming away exhausted from the souring 42-degree heat on court. Dylan Lund played well all day and was the Runner Up of the 17years boys. Jordy Woods, Herbie Maynard, Pacey Marks, Hannah Stewart, Maggie Biggs and Immy Molloy have all gone up age divisions and still have two more years competing at this level. They played hard all day without making finals although, Stuart Callaghan expects this to change in the coming events as he was impressed with their tennis against the older players. Jensen Hargreaves lost to his brother Kenny in the 11years boys Semi Final and Richie Weymouth made the other semi, however went down gallantly. Kenny continued on to be this event’s 11 years boys Runner-Up, a personal best achievement. Stuart Callaghan also mentioned Joey Wilson, Kyle Mitchell and Sophie Curtis making strong debuts, which has now given them a taste of The Series and valuable experience for the coming events.

It is also worth mentioning that Mika Callaghan was unlucky to just miss out on team selection despite flying out from Sweden to begin her tennis career only ten days ago. Father and coach Stuart knew it would be a race against time to get Mika trained up for West Wyalong. As soon as she landed in the country, they headed directly to Uncle Noel’s Australian Tennis Academy where she did 14 hours a day for six days straight to get her prepared. None of this holiday rubbish for Mika, its time to work, Stuart thought. Mika’s tennis improved by the minute but was probably a week short in preparation to make the team. She plans to fly out again later in the season to hopefully make her debut in The Series.

Overall, all Hay juniors played in good spirit and it was a really good start for all coming into the season. Stuart would also like to thank a great group of parents who made the effort to drive the team across to West Wyalong to compete and make it a great day. Well done Greg Stewart, Brett and Jacqui Hargreaves, Lani Houston, Russell and Kim Curtis, Craig and Tiem Wilson and Rebecca Mitchell. There are some great photos up on the HTC facebook page from the weekend.

Weekly tennis commenced for both Women and Men competition this week, with excellent playing conditions spoiling all who were scheduled to compete.

The Friday afternoon junior tennis competition commenced last week with sixteen players in three grades gracing the courts. Dylan Lund, Herbie Maynard, Jordon Woods and Brad Callaghan played well in division one. In division two Joseph Wilson and Ralph Robson excelled and in division three, Emerald and Corben Headon and Sophie Curtis played top shots.

There will be no Junior tennis this Friday due to St Marys having a pupil free day to celebrate the Jewish new year.

The Foodworks and Crighton Engineering Weekly Award winners this week are the two runner-ups of The Series, Dylan Lund and Kenny Hargreaves.