On a warm, windless evening, a good sized crowd watched Helen Kaptein play Demi Kowal for the women's singles title. It was aggressive tennis from the first serve and it looked like a 3-set thriller was inevitable. But many matches, particularly finals, are decided by a few key points. Helen won the first set 6-0 but the flow of play felt more like 3-3.
In the second set Demi adopted the "hit the ball really hard" strategy and winners started to flow, it looked like she might level the match. But Helen has stacks of trophies and flags for a reason. Receiving at 4-4 she hit two winners down the line, got the break and served out the match.
Too good... this time round. Let's hope they meet again next year. We might make them play best of 5, just so we can enjoy the show.
Men's singles final - Brodie 3-6, 6-1, 6-2
Our top seeds, Brodie Murray and Leigh Campbell, made it to the final without dropping a set. It was a match of contrasting styles - Brodie's athleticism, consistency and counter-punching vs Leigh's shot-making and aggressive net play.
Leigh was best early and won the first set 6-3, but Brodie settled and won the second and third sets 6-1, 6-2. In the end Brodie's patience and fitness out-lasted Leigh's know-how and shot-making. The match went for just under 2 hours.
That's two club champs in a row for Brodie and he's improving each year, so he'll be ready for a third in 2020. Some players have suggested Brodie play in gumboots or carry a few bricks to even things up - worth a thought ☺.
Doubles final - Linda and Maree 6-4, 6-2
Congratulations to Linda Holden and Maree Sartori for winning the doubles grand final 6-4, 6-2 against Brett Fitzpatrick and Paul Puttifoot.
It was an entertaining match (the crowd was disappointed it didn't go to 3 sets) with plenty of aggressive action on the net, and played in good spirits.
That's yet another trophy for Linda and Marie, they've won almost everything that's on offer.
Special thanks to President Sam Beckett who organised and ran the club champs and umpired the men's final. He's also been busy raising funds for the club in the carpark during the Castlemaine Festival, working on the club's master plan and a 1000 other things. Please say thanks to Sam for all his hard work when you next see him.
Brodie Murray has taken out the Castlemaine Lawn Tennis Club singles championship in a hard fought and very entertaining encounter with Mark Nascimento on Sunday 25th March.
In a very tight first set the seventh game produced 6 deuces before Mark held serve. The set featured several long rallies from the back of the court with each player testing the other’s depth of shot. At times Mark showed an attacking style as he forced Brodie into the backhand corner of the court where he often forced an error. With 4 breaks of serve, Brodie finally held serve in the 12th game to win the first set 7-5.
Early in the second set Mark held a 2-0 advantage, but Brodie broke back immediately in the third game and then won 5 consecutive games with a dazzling choice of shot whilst showing a maturity beyond his age. Mark saved a championship point in the 8th game, before going down 6-3.
At 16 years of age, Brodie Murray obviously has a long tennis future ahead of him and it is hoped he will around for many years as the club approaches it’s 125th anniversary of the club championships in 2022. A thanks to Lincoln Fitzgerald for umpiring the final and Sally Kaptein for the refreshments.
Tennis Victoria Country week 2018 was held in Swan Hill, where the weather was excellent and the courts even better.
Castlemaine entered 3 teams this year (2 womens, 1 mens). They worked together beautifully, maintained concentration and hit their marks when needed... and that was just on the dance floor! On the tennis court they were even better.
The Castlemaine CCs (Women's B1) finished 5th and missed out on a finals spot by 1 point - doh! Castlemaine Rocks (Women's Special C2) also finished 5th - so close! Both teams have flags from previous campaigns and will be back next year to add to their collection.
It's taken 9 years for Castlemaine to secure a win in the mens, so congratulations to the Bootleggers who won the elite and prestigious Men's C3 grade. The Bootleggers finished the group matches on top of the ladder and maintained their laser-sharp form in the semi and grand finals. Look out Men's C2 in 2019! At one stage the Bootleggers were playing on a court adjacent to Men's A-Grade and you couldn't tell the difference*.
Shepparaton hosts Country Week for 2019. We're looking forward to it already. If you're interested in joining one of our Country Week teams for 2019 then let us know. Players of all ages and abilities are welcome and if you're a good dancer then you'll be in good company.
* That's not true, you could totally tell the difference.
Castlemaine Lawn Tennis Club is ready for a great season of competition for young players aged from 7 upwards.
If you are interested to play now is the time to enrol. Either ring Graham Forbes on 0406 346 466 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Expressions of interest should ideally be in by 03 September, but are welcome at any time after that.
Castlemaine Lawn Tennis Club is planning to have a bumper number of teams competing this year in the Castlemaine and District Tennis Association competition.
A junior tryout tennis day is to be held on Sunday 10 September from 9.30 – 12 noon at the Castlemaine Lawn Tennis Club. Come along and have some great tennis with other juniors in the region. Ring Graham to register for that.
There are smiles on the faces of the players who participated in last weekend's club championships.
This was the first year that our club championships were held over the one weekend and we're delighted with the numbers and the standard of tennis. The fun the competitors had was obvious - but the competition was still keen.
Winners for 2016
Junior singles - Luke Casley
Senior singles - Ben Bailey
Men's doubles - Peter Bertoncini and Matt Butler
Women's doubles - Linda Holden and Maree Sartori
Mixed doubles - Tammy and Jack Chaplin.
We also organised a trivia night on Saturday with over 80 attending and raised just over $900.