First title for Wodonga

WODONGA claimed its first Victorian Country Week men’s A-grade title with a crushing victory against The Lecontes at the Wodonga Tennis Centre yesterday.

With undefeated duo Jade Culph and Mark Shanahan leading the way, the Border line-up skipped away early in the decider and capped off a week of dominance by saluting 6-43 to 1-24.

“It’s always been a prestigious event and it was great to have a win,” Culph said.

“We were lucky enough to put together a good side this week.

“I don’t think a Wodonga side has won it before so that capped it off.”

Culph and Shanahan made a spectacular start winning 6-4 6-0 before Cameron Meagher and Brandon Vescio survived an epic to run-out victors 6-2 6-7 6-4 to give Wodonga a stranglehold on the match.

Both pairings took the next set of their respective matches before The Lecontes conceded defeat.

“We got the first two sets which really helped tighten the screws,” Culph said.

“I know Cameron was disappointed to lose the second set in their match after having a match point but he and Brandon did really well to fight back and win the third set.

“Teddy Burchett and Ed Benson also played for us during the week so it was a good team effort.”

In the women’s A grade final, Cobram Chargers ended Tandara’s golden run with a 2-26 to 1-21 win.

The victory broke a six-year winning streak by Tandara who edged out Wodonga Sunnyside in Thursday’s semi-finals.

Meanwhile, Victorian Country Tennis Association administrator Pat Gilchrist declared the tournament a huge success with the Wodonga Tennis Centre and Kelly Park courts holding up well to the heavy traffic.

“I think we could have played another week here,” he said.

“The courts were great and the weather sensational.”

Next year’s event will be hosted by Shepparton and Mooroopna.

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