2017 Lucindale Tennis Tournament attracts huge crowd

The 52nd Lucindale Tennis Tournament was again another great success.

With Easter tennis tournaments being held Australia wide, Lucindale proved again to be a popular choice for players with over 200 entries.

The Lucindale Country Club became a hive of activity, with locals and visitors from afar all coming to watch the great tennis on show in fantastic weather.

Jason Parsons of Port Augusta, was the most successful player of the weekend, taking out the trifecta, in the Men’s B grade winning the mixed, singles and men’s doubles.

Andrew Van Den Hurk of Mount Gambier was also a huge talking point after winning in the A grade singles after having entered the Easter competition for the last 15 years, he finally broke through and got the win.

Spectators were treated to some amazing tennis.

Day one of action, sponsored by Mini Jumbuk, was the junior singles and mixed doubles.

Mixed A grade doubles winners were Adam Fonfe and Jodi White and runners up were Travis Roach and Claire Pickering.

Mixed B grade double winners were local Leanne McCarthy and Jason Parsons, with runners up Sam Mosley and Therese Musolino.

Paul and Kerry Griffin won the Veterans mixed doubles, with runners up Paul and Maureen Dugmore.

The junior singles saw some local talent coming up trumps, with Sid Malone winning the boys 11 and under Singles, with runner up Joe Thompson, boys 13 and under singles was won by Liam Menz with Ben Green runner up.

Riley Burn won the boys 15 and under singles with runner up talented Naracoorte player George White.

The girls 15 and under singles was won by Macaela Higgins with Jordyn Dugmore runner up.

Girls 11 and under singles was won by Jess Stutley, runner up Ella Higgins.

The club house was packed on the Friday night, for a Good Friday tea, followed by a choice of a quiz night and night golf. Both of which proved a big hit to the huge crowd of players and locals.

Day two of action saw the men’s and ladies’ singles and junior doubles.

Again some local talent shone in the up and coming juniors.

Girls 11 and under doubles was won by locals Ella Longbottom and Kiele Longbottom, runners up Ella Higgins and Jess Stutley.

Girls 13 and under winners were Emily Niewerkerk and Jayme-Lee Schultz, runners up locals Grace Grundy and Sophie Lillicrapp.

Girls 15 and under doubles winners were Kingston’s Nikki Gluyas and local Tash Green, runners up were Brydie Hamilton and Caitlin Sigston.

Boys 13 and under doubles champions were Ben Green and Liam Menz, runners up Josh Sigston and Ben Wilsdon.

Boys 11 and under doubles was won by Levi Sigston and Joe Thompson, runners up were local boys George Malone and Sid Malone.

The women’s A grade singles was won by Liv Sam with runner up Thessa Burdon.

Women’s B grade singles was won by Leanne McCarthy with runner up Emily Edwards, women’s C grade singles was won by Joanne Klaosen with runner up Pauline Giles.

Poor light saw the end of play before the men’s singles could be concluded.

Day three of action saw the men’s singles finals being played with play having being halted the day before due to lack of light.

Andrew Van Den Hurk won the A grade singles with Adam Fonfe runner up.

Jason Parsons won the B grade singles with Jarryd Pike runner up.

Day three events continued sponsored by DiGiorgio Family Wines, men’s A grade doubles was won by Paul Griffin and Andrew Van Den Hurk who defeated Sam Gericke and Aiden Offe.

Men’s B grade doubles was won by Jason Parsons and local Craig Jones.

Runners up were Ethan Schultz and Mark Stutley.

Men’s C grade doubles was won by Lachlan Flaherty and David Waller with Lachlan Gilles and Henry Griffen Runners up.

Women’s A grade doubles was won by Tania Bowles and Jodi White and runners up were Michelle and Thessa Burdon, Wwmen’s C grade doubles was won by Kerry Griffin and Jayel Van Den Hurk and runners up were Joanna Klaosen and Terri Menz.

The Lucindale Tennis Club would like to thank all their sponsors, players, community members and businesses who put so much in to this much anticipated annual tournament on the tennis calendar.