Albury out to continue winning ways

ALBURY coach Ken Wurtz is hoping his side can handle expectations as it aims for a sixth straight Eric Johnson Cup win this weekend.

The annual under-19 tournament will be held at the Albury grass courts today and tomorrow, with Western Suburbs and Glenelg out to end the winning streak.

Albury has picked a strong 12-player squad for the event.

The boys will be led by Josh Graetz, who last week won the men’s singles title at NSW Country Week in Albury.

Harrison Pascoe, Sebastian Wrobel, Aaron Bruest, Dolen Vogel and Harry Macpherson-Wood will also play, while the girls side is made up of Maddison Gregor, Alyssa Savill, Maggie Snowdon, Kaitlin Staines, Micaela McKimmie and Georgia Smith.

Border legend Wurtz, who has been coach of the side for more than two decades, is confident of a good showing at the tournament.

“I’m happy with the team,” Wurtz said.

“A few of the boys are in their last year.

“They all play pennant for Albury except for Maddison, who’s from Griffith.

“Kaitlin, Harry and Sebastian are from Wagga but play pennant down here and Maggie’s from Oxley.”

Wrobel and Savill won the Keith Stone and Ernie Gill memorial trophies last year after being crowned best male and female player, respectively, in Melbourne.