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Tennis champs take on Red Cliffs

Friday, 23rd January, 2015

Local tennis champ Robert Schofield will be competing in the Red Cliffs Lawn Tennis Club tournament this weekend. Local tennis champ Robert Schofield will be competing in the Red Cliffs Lawn Tennis Club tournament this weekend.

By Emily Roberts

Local tennis players have headed off to compete in the Red Cliffs Lawn Tennis Club tournament and are hoping to come away with some trophies.

The tournament starts today and will see more a dozen locals attend.

Red Cliffs Lawn Tennis Club President, Gavin Lynch. said it was great to see.

“Normally we get seven or eight (from Broken Hill) so it is great.

Mr Lynch said they also wanted to get a look at long-standing BH champion Robert Schofield.

“We are also very happy to have Robert Schofield coming. We are keen to see him come up against Mildura opponents,” Mr Lynch said.

Mr Schofield said this was only the second time that he will have competed at this tournament.

“I was interested in having a doubles game with (local) Nathan Crabb,” he said.

“He was last year’s local Club champ and we don’t get a chance to play doubles together in Broken Hill.

“So I am looking forward to having a game with him.

“I’m also not getting any younger and I might not be able to do it for much longer.”

Mr Schofield said the competition was popular with locals.

“It’s always good to play someone different. It will also be good to test our skills on real grass courts - there is a different style of play.”

He said the Broken Hill players had a good chance of coming away with some titles.

“I am hoping Nathan and I can give it a good run in the doubles,” Mr Schofield said.

“And I would never say never to winning the Open Singles, but at 48 it might not happen.

“I will play every single set thinking I can win, but I’m not overly hopeful for the singles.

“I think all the locals will be able to give it a real shake.”

Mr Schofield said he was also looking forward to the social aspect.

“Being able to socialise makes tennis, and any sport, good,” he said.

The competition gets underway at 5.30pm.

“On Saturday we will have singles and doubles competitions,” Mr Lynch said.

“We expect to see more players come in. The most prestigious event is the open Singles. The defending champion is Tyson McLean who may be contended by Robert.

“We also have good social events.”

Mr Lynch said members of the Red Cliffs Tennis Club also travel to Broken Hill to play in a competition in April.

“We have a really good relationship, it is a good fun group,” he said.

Locals will have a different experience playing on grass courts instead of super grass, he said..

“We have also put a lot of work into our courts this year,” Mr Lynch said.

“We will have players from Broken Hill, the Sunraysia area, Adelaide, Geelong and Melbourne competing.

“A lot of players have been coming back for years.

“It is great to play against different opponents and have some great social events.”

Anyone interested in competing may contact the Red Cliffs Club on (03) 5024 3468.

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