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BLUE skies and lots of sunshine provid-
ed the perfect conditions for 2017’s South
Gippsland Summer Tennis Tournament over
the last week.
The 17th Annual Knights of Leongatha South
Gippsland Tennis Classic Tournament held at
the Leongatha Tennis Club on Thursday and
Friday attracted 86 individual entries, includ-
ing a good mix of local and travelling players.
In an incredible effort, Matilda Gourlay, who
is rising star from Bundaberg, Queensland
competed in 18 matches over the two days.
Matilda’s first match was at 8.30am on day
one and she was in the last match of the tour-
nament which finished at 7.45pm in the 16s
mixed doubles on Friday!
“All matches were played in the true spirit
of sportsmanship – the adults setting a fine
example for the younger players, and the
younger players demonstrating fair play at all
times,” tournament coordinator Matt Pock-
“The juniors again played some excellent
“The largest event was the 10&U unisex sin-
gles with a total of 17 players with some awe -
some tennis on display.
“Well done to Lane Bridgman who won all
four matches to secure the win. ”
Matt said the tournament’s feature event,
Family Doubles, was also a crowd pleaser and
a great addition to the tournament.
“I t isn’t often parents can play with their chil-
dren in a tournament situation. It was a big hit
this year with a total eight pairs entering.”
The grand final was an all Drouin affair with
Mick and Archie Shannon defeating close fam-
ily friends Glenn and Regan Awty in a thrilling
match on Show Court 1 8/4.
“Again the Leongatha Tennis Club provided
excellent facilities for all the players.
“Special thanks to the club president, Frank
Dekker for his all-round efforts and his great
speaking skills with the trophy presentations.
“Also a very sincere thank you to John Bolge
whose work behind the scenes was invaluable,
ensuring that all the courts were in their best
“The ladies upstairs running the tourna-
ment’s canteen provided refreshments to all
players and spectators.
“Of course such excellent tournament op -
portunities cannot be possible without the
support of wonderful local business Knights
of Leongatha, Hartley Wells Superstore, JW
Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Select Pro -
duce Korumburra, Core ‘n Saw, Hayes Jewel-
lers and SG Hire.
“The support is invaluable and much appre -
ciated – without it our community would not
be able to host such events.
“Congratulations to all winners and partici-
pants – get the pencils out and mark the dia-
ries for the 2018 classic on January 5, 6 and
“Keep hitting those balls and see you back in
the increasingly popular and successful tour-
nament next year!”
10&U Unisex Singles: Lane Bridgman (Paken-
ham) def Regan Awty (Drouin) 6/4.
10&U Consolation Singles: Wesley Morgan (In-
verloch) def Abby Papas (San Remo) 6/2.
10&U Unisex Doubles: Lane Bridgman and
Thomas Orr (Pakenham) def Archie Shannon
(Drouin) and Regan Awty (Drouin) 4/2.
12&U Boys Singles: Shubh Purohit (Paken-
ham) def Tully Dickie (San Remo) 6/1.
12&U Boys Consolation Singles: Leigh Pouw
(Hallston) def Sam Evans (Leongatha) 6/5.
12&U Girls Singles: Kyra Manukau (Drouin)
def Sidney Awty (Drouin) 6/5.
12&U Boys Doubles: Sebastian Toomey (Inver-
loch) and Sam Liefting (Inverloch) def Larry Dell
(Kongwak) and Riley White (Leongatha) 6/0.
12&U Girls Doubles: Sidney Awty and Kyra
Manukau def Katelyn Harris (Inverloch) and Zara
Kreutzberger (Leongatha) 6/4.
12&U Mixed Doubles: Sebastian Toomey and
Kyra Manukau def Jack and Angela Couper 6/2.
14&U Boys Singles: Shubh Purohit def Riley
14&U Boys Consolation Singles: Aidan Pouw
(Hallston) def Matt Fowkes (Hallston) 6/4.
14&U Girls Singles: Matilda Gourlay def Jayla
Morcom (Inverloch) 6/4.
14&U Boys Doubles: Brody and Riley Norman
(Wheelers Hill) def Aidan Pouw & Matt Fowkes
14&U Girls Doubles: Zara Littlejohn (Leon-
gatha North) and Matilda Gourlay (Bundaberg
QLD) def Jayla Morcom and Taylah Mitchell
14&U Mixed Doubles: Shubh and Diya Purohit
def Josh Goff (Leongatha) and Matilda Gourlay
16&U Boys Singles: Tristan Thomas (San
Remo) def Will Littlejohn (Leongatha North) 8/1.
16&U Boys Consolation Singles: Riley Norman
def Nathan Harris (Inverloch) 7/3.
16&U Girls Singles: Jayla Morcom def Matilda
16&U Boys Doubles: Will Littlejohn and Con-
nor Krohn (Leongatha) def Nathan Harris and
Ryan Hayward (Leongatha) 8/1.
16&U Girls Doubles: Matilda Gourlay and Zara
Littlejohn def Simone Dekker (Hallston) and
Emma Carlisle (Leongatha) 8/7.
16&U Mixed Doubles: Jye Gourlay and Matilda
Gourlay def Nathan Harris and Simone Dekker
Open Men’s Singles: Mick Shannon (Drouin)
def Tristan Thomas 6/1, 6/3.
Open Men’s Singles Consolation: Glenn Awty
(Drouin) def Sebastian Russel (Cowes) 6/1.
Open Men’s Doubles: Mick Shannon and Glenn
Awty def Will Littlejohn and Connor Krohn 8/3.
Family Doubles: Mick and Arhie Shannon def
Glenn and Regan Awty 8/4.
South Gippsland’s sizzling summer of tennis
Oscar Harry steps into his backhand on
Jayla Morcom won the 16 and Under girls
Queenslander Matilda Gourlay played 18
matches in two days. N050217
Inverloch’s Tristan Thomas had a success-
ful tournament. N060217
Hallston’s Simone Dekker in action on Fri-
day at the tournament. N070217
Inverloch’s Nathan Harris in action in the
16 & Under consolation final. N080217
Lane Bridgman (Pakenham) def Regan
Awty (Drouin) in the 10&U Singles.
Shubh Purohit (Pakenham), right, def
Tully Dickie (San Remo) in the 12&U Boys
Kyra Manukau (Drouin) def Sidney Awty
(Drouin) in the 12&U Girls Singles.
Shubh Purohit, left, def Riley Norman in
the 14&U Boys Singles.
Mick and Archie Shannon, right, def Glenn
and Regan Awty 8/4 in the Family Doubles.
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