“IT’S all about the tennis.”
It’s fair to say the Cobram Chargers’ team motto is a bit of a play on words.
Because, for them, it’s about everything else and then the tennis.
Captained by Jenelle Findlay, the team consists of Laura McNamara, Lauren Warden, Katherine Ulanowski, Kate Antosik, Carly Robinson, Bonnie Pearson, Nicole Tanner, Sharna King and Maddie Walker.
And while they’re most definitely in it to win it, another aspect of Country Week lured the team to the Border this week.
“It’s more the social side,” a handful of the girls chipped in at once.
“You meet a lot of people,” Robinson added.
“It’s a lot of fun.”
To be fair, they aren’t the only players to hold that view, either.
Hundreds of them have filled Albury-Wodonga’s pubs, clubs and restaurants this week, with some venues even extending their hours to cater for the swarm of visitors.
The girls were a little battle weary yesterday morning — unsure whether the tennis or partying had done the most damage — but, for them, it’s all just part of the challenge.
They may have indulged in the social aspect of Country Week more than others, but it most certainly hasn’t come at the expense of their tennis.
The girls compete in the A-grade division and have done a reasonable job at it, too.
An appearance in the finals beckons after a promising start to the week and the team is optimistic of improving on last year’s semi-final exit.
“We’re pretty confident,” Ulanowski said.
The girls play their weekend tennis at a handful of clubs — Kooyong and Essendon included — and have been suitably impressed at what Wodonga has to offer.
“It’s the biggest tournament I’ve ever been to,” Robinson said.
“The place is great.”
And while their shirts say they’re from Cobram, they’re the first to admit they can hardly call themselves Border locals.
“We’re pretty much all from Melbourne,” Robinson said with a laugh.
“A few of the girls are from there originally, though.”