Youngsters star in state tournament

Tennis players Jayson Tomicic, Charlie Grist, Olivia Robinson and squad co-ordinator Mark Robinson after success at state titles.

TENNIS prodigy Jayson Tomicic has joined Lewis O’Brien as the latest young Colac stars to win at state tournaments.

Tomicic claimed the 12-and-under boys’ championship at the Victorian Country Tennis Association masters tournament, while O’Brien backed up his win last year with the 18-and-under title.

The wins were the best results of Colac’s 12 competitors at Sunday’s tournament at Bendigo.

Colac’s young stars advanced to the event after winning the Southern Squad Trophy for the second year in a row earlier this season.

Fellow youngster Charlie Grist showed he had a future in the sport winning the 12-and-under group five class, while James Parish, 18-and-under boys’ group five, Gracesyn Perrett, 16-and-under girls’ group three, and Ethan Schroeder, 14-and-under boys’ group five, also had wins.

Colac’s Ruby O’Dowd and Tom Ennor finished runners-up in their divisions.

Colac squad co-ordinator Mark Robinson praised the young players’ efforts.

“Lewis is hitting the ball really well at the moment, he’s playing a bit more in Geelong because he really wants to take his tennis to a higher level,” he said.

“But there was some really stiff competition there so they all did really well,” he said.

“Right through to young Charlie Grist – he’s such a competitive boy, even on the hard courts he’s prepared to throw himself at the ball.”

Colac’s 12 competitors earned an aggregate 527 points, earning the team fourth place behind winner Shepparton, 809, which had 26 players competing.

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