Veterans dominate division

Wangaratta Lawn’s Ben Scott lines up a backhand.
Wangaratta Lawn’s Ben Scott lines up a backhand.

“IT’S not a bad effort for a bunch of old farts.”

While it wasn’t the most delicate way to sum up Thurgoona’s 3-0 win against Tatura Longhorns in the men’s special B1 final at the Wodonga Tennis Centre yesterday, team spokesman Ken Wurtz’s summation was difficult to argue with.

Thurgoona dominated the division from the opening day with Graham, Rod and Ken Wurtz, aged 65, 57 and 59 respectively, and Terry Smith, 67, and David Lake, 47, showing their much younger opposition a clean pair of heels.

Graham went through the five days without dropping a set.

“We had a good week,” Ken said.

“We will probably feel it tomorrow but it was a good week.”

Graham and Rodney put Thurgoona on the road to victory in the first set by winning 8-5 after looking in dire trouble trailing 5-1.

Smith and Ken Wurtz then won 8-5 before Rod and Graham put the contest out of Tatura’s reach by winning 8-2.

Tatura forfeited the final set with the result beyond doubt.

It was the first time the Wurtz’s have tasted success together at Victorian Country Week although they came close in 2009 at Wodonga when they bowed out in the A-grade semi-finals.

Wodonga’s Wade Harris played in the losing Tatura side.

In men’s special B, Wangaratta Lawn accounted for Leongatha Green 3-0 in the final.

Ben Scott and John Brunner opened with a tough 8-7 win before Phil Peck and Robert Voss put the team in a commanding position with an 8-2 victory.

Scott and Brunner then sealed the title with an 8-4 win.

Brett Goodwin, Barry Sullivan and Peter Mulrooney also played for Wangaratta Lawn.

Scott and Brunner didn’t drop a set during the week.

“It was a fantastic week. The Wodonga centre did a terrific job hosting it,” Scott said.