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21 July 2021
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BY SARAH MATTHEWS
Central Wimmera Tennis Association leaders have encouraged clubs to start preparing for the season ahead by contacting prospective players.
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President Jeremy Quast said the association executive committee was now accepting junior and senior team nominations for the 2021-22 season.
“I know football and netball season is still under way, but tennis season will roll around before we know it and it’s good to be prepared,” he said.
“Once we know what clubs want to submit what grades, then the executive committee can do the gradings, work out draws and give clubs time to come back to us if they think they’ve been put in the wrong grades.”
Clubs can submit expressions of interest for senior pennant, A special, A grade and B special divisions or for age-based junior competition.
Mr Quast said junior numbers were particularly strong in 2020-21, which he attributed partly to basketball competition resuming later than usual because of COVID-19 pandemic conditions.
“The senior competition was also really strong, which was great to see. We had some really close matches,” he said.
Mr Quast said final details about the mechanics of the competition would be released later, following an executive committee meeting and discussion of preferences submitted by clubs.
“We ask the clubs for feedback each year, which is a really important part of organising the competition,” he said.
“Obviously we want people to be happy and keep playing, so clubs need to tell us what they want and what works for them.
“If we don’t know, we can’t change anything.”
The committee has set dates for the 2021-22 season, with round one kicking off on October 9 for both juniors and seniors.
The last round before the Christmas-new year break will be on December 18, with the senior competition resuming on January 29 and juniors on February 5.
Both seniors and juniors will finish the home-and-away season on March 5, with two weeks of finals starting on March 19.
There will be no play on the March 12 long weekend.
Mr Quast said the committee determined dates following feedback from clubs at an annual meeting.
He said he was looking forward to the season, which hopefully would escape the brunt of COVID-19 lockdowns currently affecting much of Australia.
“It’s good to set some dates and hopefully we can get the competition up and going,” he said.
“We were lucky last year and hopefully we will be again this season.”