Grand final cancelled

By Daniel Hughes

Local tennis players have been devastated with the news  they will not be able to compete in the Deniliquin Junior Lawn Tennis Club grand finals this weekend.

The decider between Marshall Electrical and Landmark Property & Water was due to be held tomorrow.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the DJLTC was forced to ‘‘make the right decision’’ and call off its decider following concerns from parents.

President Jon Gatacre said the cancellation was also made due to the new measures that were put in place from the Federal Government on Wednesday night.

‘‘We won’t announce winners for this season but Marshall Electrical finished clearly on top with Landmark Property & Water a clear second,’’ Gatacre said.

‘‘Congratulations also to Max Ferguson our three set award winner for the second year in are row.

‘‘After only his first year of Section One last year and winning the award, he was elevated to a number three where he was unstoppable again. 

‘‘He is a player to watch for the future.’’

The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc over the local sporting scene with footy, netball, rugby and various other sports being postponed or cancelled for 2020.

Local tennis has been the latest victim with the senior Wednesday Twilight Tennis and Saturday afternoon competitions both having their seasons cut short.

While competitions across the club have now come to an end, Gatacre is still encouraging individuals to stay fit and ready for when tennis starts back up.

‘‘I hope everyone stays safe in these unprecedented times but also remember to keep active. Go for a run or hit of tennis when you can,’’ he said.

‘‘I’d like to give a huge thanks to all players who enjoyed another wonderful year of tennis at our amazing facilities down at the lawn courts. 

‘‘Thanks again to the parents who helped out during the year. We look forward to seeing you all hopefully in October to start our tennis season.’’

For regular updates on future competitions, keep an eye on the Pastoral Times or visit the Deniliquin Junior Lawn Tennis Club Facebook page.