Tennis premier league proposed

THE idea of a “Gippsland Premier League” received support at a regional tennis forum.

Nineteen people attended the forum in Sale on March 25, with the interactive format drawing many constructive ideas.

The idea of a “Gippsland Premier League” could be similar to the Gippsland Tennis Association, which was resurrected last season after an absence of about four years. The GTA, which was essentially the Wellington section one competitions with the addition of teams from Bairnsdale and Traralgon, didn’t go ahead this season due to organisational issues.

Among other ideas to receive support at the forum were an increase in regional competitions, universal adoption of available software by associations and clubs, minimising a clash of events during the season, and having a club committee member responsibilty for region matters.

A working party, evenly representing eastern and western divisions, has been established.

The working party will meet towards the end of April to evaluate the forum, undergo a planning process, and establish recommendations for associations and clubs to consider implementing ahead of next season.

MAFFRA Lawn Tennis Club will hosts its 86th annual Easter tournament this weekend.

The tournament will attract more than 240 players from across Gippsland and Melbourne, who will compete in 46 events across four days, beginning today.