Goulburn boys go close to taking John Fitzgerald Cup

November 03, 2017

First's the worst, second's the best: Charlie Murdoch, Jeremy O’Brien, Nicholas Damianopoulos and Aaron Niglia finished runners-up on the weekend, doing the region proud with their efforts in Sale.

Awesome Foursome: Sanae Gagliardi, Scarlett York, Stella Mulquinney and Emily Turcato finished fifth in Sale at the weekend.

Eight of the region’s budding tennis stars took to the courts at the weekend to compete in the John Fitzgerald Cup.

Representing the Goulburn region in Sale, four boys and four girls competed in the under-13 category, with the boys finishing in second position.

Shepparton Lawn pair Jeremy O’Brien and Nicholas Damianopoulos teamed up with Dhurringile duo Aaron Niglia and Charlie Murdoch.

The quartet was dominant in the pool matches, leading the region to a second place finish.

However, results did not fall in their favour during the final against powerhouse Barwon, losing 5-34 to 1-24.

With the tournament named in his honour, seven-time grand slam men’s doubles champion Fitzgerald offered his condolences to the Goulburn boys before sticking around to answer questions.

Meanwhile, in the girls competition, Goulburn finished fourth out of the five regions.

Emily Turcato (Shepparton Lawn), Stella Mulquinney (Yarrawonga Lawn), Sanae Gagliardi (Tatura Lawn) and Scarlett York (Yarrawonga) were often on the wrong end of the result, but they did win one match against Barwon.

Goulburn teams and events co-ordinator Heather Lees was delighted with how the teams performed.

‘‘They were up against some real quality tennis players, so it was great to see both teams able to hold their own,’’ Lees said.

‘‘The boys did exceptionally well and the girls were very good too; unfortunately, they only won the one game in the end.’’

The Goulburn region has one more tournament to look forward to this year, with the 12-and-under Alicia Molik Cup on next month.

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