Tournament attracts a crowd

March 17, 2017

Lining up: Eliza Long was the tournament's eventual winner.

High flying: Tournament runner up Lauren Warden sends a serve down the court.

Serve: Cobram's Helene Steward sends a ball towards her opponent.

Up high: Sam Dowdler sends a powerful serve down the court.

Lucky winner: Cobram’s Jake Bush won the raffle, pictured with sponsors Rosa Luff from helloworld Travel and Warren Hicks from Hicks Transport Group.

Numbers were up this year for the highly anticipated Cobram Lawn Tennis Labour Day weekend tournament with a champion from last year winning again.

Sam Dowler defended his title at the tournament, which was in its 91st year, with a win in the open men’s division and is now a three-time winner of the event.

In a repeat of last year’s grand final match-up, Dowler came up against Matt Findlay.

In the women’s side of the draw it was Eliza Long, formerly of Shepparton, who took out the crown with a win against Lauren Warden.

Cobram Lawn Tennis Club president Matthew Ross-Soden said the overall feel of the tournament was fantastic, with numbers up right across the weekend.

‘‘No doubt the numbers were up from last year,’’ Ross-Soden said.

‘‘We had 302 individual entries and more than 500 overall entries which was just great to see.’’

Ross-Soden said the Cobram courts were praised all weekend by the travelling players for their high quality.

‘‘As always our groundskeeper Greg Dunn did an outstanding job getting the courts up to their usual high standard.

‘‘We get a lot of people come up from Melbourne who don’t get to play on lawn courts, let alone ones of this standard, which is a big draw for us and the tournament.’’

Ross-Soden paid tribute to the Bruce Park Tennis Club, which is based in Frankston, Melbourne.

‘‘They travelled up here with a group of 70 people and have been supporting our club in one way or another for 30 years — we can’t thank them enough.’’

Ross-Soden said the event was also well supported by a large contingent from the Essendon Tennis Club, as well as a group of 30-plus players from Melbourne who travelled to it each year.

●The $4000 travel voucher sponsored by helloworld Cobram and Hicks Transport raffled off by the Tennis Club and drawn on Monday was won by Cobram’s Jake Bush.

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