Border tennis teams set to flock to Swan Hill for Country Week

READY TO ROLL: Graeme Barned, Ken Wurtz, Terry McLean, Cam Scholz and Michael Reid will play for Albury Crocs. Picture: JAMES WILTSHIRE
READY TO ROLL: Graeme Barned, Ken Wurtz, Terry McLean, Cam Scholz and Michael Reid will play for Albury Crocs. Picture: JAMES WILTSHIRE

Twenty Border and North-East tennis teams will battle it out in Victorian Country Week at Swan Hill from Monday.

Wangaratta Blue are the region’s highest ranked men’s side competing in A-grade, while Wodonga BFM’s will play in women’s A-grade.

Long-time Country Week player Graeme Barned, who will captain Albury Crocs in men’s Special B1, said Swan Hill was one of his favourite venues.

“It’s a terrific week at Swan Hill,” Barned said.

“We have had a team playing for a long time now and you come across a lot of familiar faces each year.

“The one thing you are guaranteed is good, hard tennis.

“We have plenty of experience in our side.”

Last year’s competition was held at Yarrawonga, while Shepparton will host next year’s event.

Albury, Wodonga, Wangaratta, Jindera, Walwa-Jingellic, Walla, Yarrawonga and Cobram will play this year.

Teams from as far away as Tooraweenah, Wonthaggi, Bacchus Marsh and Geelong have also entered.

Walla’s Leonie Carey said winning wasn’t everything when it came to Country Week.

“We’ve had a side for a while now and keep going back,” Carey said.

“It’s fair to say a couple of our girls like the social side of the week.

“We’re looking forward to it.”

Fourteen divisions will be contested in the women and 10 in the men.

Matches start on Monday, with semi-finals scheduled for Thursday and finals for Friday.