Stefan Bradley

THE Wellington Gippsland Tennis Association (WGTA) Championships were held on Sunday, March 5, with warm conditions providing the perfect backdrop for some hot competition.

Long-reigning men’s open champion, Mitch Allman, was masterful in claiming the title again from aspiring opponent Sen Goold.

Sen was victorious, however, in the 18 and under singles over his opponent Louis Lazzaro. The Goold family continued their streak, with sister Mia Goold taking the women’s singles championship, in a straight sets win over Christine Shingles, and also the 18 and under singles title in a modified round robin event. Sen and his mother Masami also won the mixed doubles competition over Mia Goold and Louis Lazzaro.

More than 50 players from all around Wellington participated in 15 events on the day, with incredible tennis skill on display right through the draw. Under 10s singles was a strong field, offering a glimpse of tennis stars of the future, with Fletcher Fyfe and Alexander Olijnyk working hard through the draw to play out the final in the last match of the day, Fletcher taking out the championship.

WGTA juniors and seniors are into the finals for the summer pennant competition, with the Grand Final on March 25.

WGTA vice president and tournament director on the day, Kurt Best, told the Gippsland Times that after a few years of disrupted seasons, the juniors and seniors had had a good run into the finals this year.

Family doubles runners-up Andrew Olijnyk/Alexander Olijnyk and winners Jonah Ingram and Glenn Ingram.

Best said there would be many opportunities to play tennis after the finals.

“The WGTA Championships are a great way to bring tennis players across our region together. After summer pennant, there are still plenty of tennis opportunities with the WGTA Monday Ladies Competition and club-based night pennant comps running throughout winter,” he said.

“The competition is stronger if we can widen the pool of players, and the WGTA is actively looking to grow numbers for next season.

“Anyone interested in social or competitive tennis should enquire with the WGTA or individual clubs in our region.”

They are: Sale Tennis Club, Maffra Lawn Tennis Club, Heyfield Tennis Club, Stratford Tennis Club, Briagolong Tennis Club, Longford Tennis Club and Bairnsdale Tennis Club.


The full list of finalists for 2022/23 West Gippsland Championships:

Open Men’s Singles Mitch Allman d Sen Goold 6-0 6-2

Open Women’s Singles Mia Goold d Christine Shingles 6-1 6-0

Open Women’s Doubles Jenny Luke/Lisa Harrison d Christine Shingles/Anna Norris 8-6

Graded Men’s Singles James Kenna d Louis Lazzaro 8-3

Mixed Doubles Sen Goold/Masami Goold d Mia Goold/Louis Lazzaro 8-3

Family Doubles Glenn Ingram/Jonah Ingram d Andrew Olijnyk/Alexander Olijnyk 6-4

18 & Under Boys Singles Sen Goold d Louis Lazzaro 6-1 6-0

18 & Under Girls Singles Mia Goold d Emma Best 12-7

16 & Under Singles Riley Nicholas d Eden Levchenko 8-2

14 & Under Doubles Josiah Levchenko/Judah Levchenko d Sam Crouch/Andre Wasserman 6-4

14 & Under Singles Milla Lazzaro d Ruby Running 6-2

12 & Under Doubles Jonah Ingram/Jay Davies d Milla Lazzaro/Ebony Running 6-1

12 & Under Singles Jay Davies d Milla Lazzaro 7-5

10 & Under Doubles Ari Garg/Alexander Olijnyk d Zac Ingram/Mad Del Busso 6-0

10 & Under Singles Fletcher Fyfe d Alexander Olijnyk 6-0

Wellington Gippsland Tennis Association Under 18 singles girls runner-up Emma Best and winner Mia Goold.

Open men’s singles winner Mitch Allman and runner-up Sen Goold. Photos: Kurt Best

Open women’s doubles runners-up Christine Shingles and Anna Norris, and winners Jenny Luke and Lisa Harrison.

Open women’s singles runner-up Christine Shingles and winner Mia Goold.

Under 16 singles runner-up Eden Levchenko and winner Riley Nicholas.

Under 18 singles boys winners Sen Goold and runner-up Louis Lazzaro.

Graded men’s singles winner James Kenna and runner-up Louis Lazzaro.