Warrnambool wins first tennis battle

Colac’s Jane Hawker returns the ball in the first round of an inaugural Colac-Warrnambool Ladies’ Indoor Challenge.

COLAC has fallen two games short of upsetting more fancied opposition in an inaugural women’s tennis tournament.

The Colac-Warrnambool Ladies Indoor Challenge, a two-round representative tournament showcasing the districts’ top women players, will become an annual fixture between the two rival clubs.

And it was Warrnambool who earned the bragging rights in the first round, winning six sets all, 58-56 at Colac Indoor Sports Centre.

Post-match, Colac coach Mick Mullin said the match was the perfect start to the competition despite his team falling short of victory.

“It was a great match,” he said.

“Warrnambool would have gone in favourites but after losing the first five games I thought it was going to be a bit one-sided.

“But our ladies fought back brilliantly, it was really played in great spirits.”

Jane Hawker starred for Colac’s eight-player team, winning three of three sets while Helen Lloyd impressed winning two.

Mullin said the team would return to Tuesday’s daytime women’s competition, with round two of the Colac-Warrnambool contest at Warrnambool in November.

“It’s just something to reward the ladies in both competitions, to be recognised as best in their comps,” Mullin said.

“It’s just a bit of a trial, and if all goes well we might try a men’s tournament as well,” he said.

Also in Colac’s squad were captain Cassandra Smith, Sue McGann, Lisa Crabbe, Jenny Fish, Narelle Nimmo and Margot Beckett.

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