WGTA junior pennant begins on Saturday

WELLINGTON Gippsland Tennis Association’s junior summer pennant will resume on Saturday.

While COVID-19 has made the hit up and selection process quite difficult this year, in promising signs for the entire association, overall numbers are up across the seven junior sections.

Nambrok will re-enter the competition for the first time in years, fielding section seven and six teams.

At Sale, junior teams are up by two to make up 14 junior sides.

Briagolong and Stratford’s team numbers are on the up from last year, entering five junior teams each – not bad for some of the smallest clubs in the competition.

Stratford players will be looking forward to christening their new hard courts with some game play.

The return of junior pennant also heralds the return of Hot Shots – a fun, non-competitive program held by most clubs, helping primary school aged children learn how to play tennis through games and activities and with modified equipment.

At Sale Tennis Club, Hot Shots will return every Saturday, with club coach Anthony Zafiris and Masami Goold taking the youngsters through their paces.

At Stratford Tennis Club, Nicole Bauer will be serving up Hot Shots and Toddler Tennis from 4pm until 5pm on Fridays, beginning today, with bookings essential because of COVID-19 regulations.

Maffra’s Hot Shots arrangements will be announced via the club’s Facebook page.