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Keen to bring home cup

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February 10, 2017

Sean Olsen will compete for the Goulburn region at the 17-and-under mixed event.

The Minter McNamee Cup is up for the taking for four Goulburn Valley teenagers who will compete at the event this weekend.

Charlie Maude, Sean Olsen, Olivia Quigley and Jessica Dalton will compete for the Goulburn region at the 17-and-under mixed event.

The group is in the bottom age bracket aged 16, but is still looking to make an impact in the two-day event.

Anne Minter will be on hand tomorrow to open the tournament named in her honour, with Paul McNamee performing the same duties last year.

Minter represented Australia at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, with her best singles grand slam efforts coming with a quarter-final run at the Australian Open in the same year.

McNamee won four grand slam doubles titles (1979 and 1983 Australian Open; 1980 and 1982 Wimbledon), the 1985 Wimbledon mixed doubles crown and two Davis Cups before going onto a successful sports administration career.

The round robin tournament will be played at Melbourne Park and Goulburn region co-ordinator Heather Lees said the teenagers were excited for the opportunity to play on the same courts as their Australian Open idols.

‘‘We’ve planned to take the players on a tour of the park, I’m sure they’ll love it,’’ she said.

‘‘Olivia Quigley goes down there fairly regularly and was a ball girl last year, so she knows the place fairly well. It’ll be a bit of an eye opener for the others.’’

The Minter McNamee Cup runs in a similar structure to other regional team events run during the year, which include the 10-and-under mixed Wayne Arthurs Cup and the 13-and-under boys John Fitzgerald Cup.

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