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Labour Day Tournament Wrap

The 71st Annual Brooker Builders Bairnsdale Tennis Club Labour Day Weekend Tournament was held over the long weekend.

Tournament director Brian McKail was pleased that over 100 players entered this year with a noticeable increase in the quality and depth of the various events. Coaches Matthew Pocklington from Maffra, Nick Board from South Gippsland and ex-local Anthony Glynn from Melbourne all brought players with them. This really helped the tournament to be one of the best in recent history.

More than two thirds of the players were from out of town, again emphasising the importance of the tournament to the local economy. Well over 60 of these players and their families enjoyed 3 days in Bairnsdale.

Fine weather over the 3 days was enjoyed by the players, although the smoke haze on the Sunday forced the club to turn on the lights to increase visibility for the players.

The Open Mens Singles final was the highlight of the tournament with Maffra’s Mitch Allman eventually wearing down the number one seed, Alex McDonald from Melbourne in 3 gruelling, entertaining sets.

In the Open Ladies singles, local Sophie Vickers successfully defended her title and added to her impressive list of wins in this tournament. Sale’s Joanna Rule fought hard but couldn’t match the power and international experience of Sophie.

At the presentation ceremony, President Craig Radford thanked all the local sponsors and the many volunteers who helped out in the kitchen and tournament box. He especially thanked the magnificent effort of the groundskeeper Ted Heesom for presenting the courts and surrounds in such great condition.

A special presentation was made to Craig Radford and Linda McIntyre for their tireless efforts in ensuring the tournament ran without a hitch and all the players had a huge variety of food and drinks to choose from.

Plans are already under way for next year’s tournament which promises to be bigger and better still.


Bairnsdale Tennis Club Labour Day Open Singles champions