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Bruce keeps cool to weather Mills’ heat

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January 30, 2018

Tennis coach Bruce Ferguson showed he can still mix it on court, taking out the A-grade singles title.

Numurkah Lawn Tennis Club's tournament was a success despite extreme heat as well as rain but that did not phase Dhurringile's Lisa Niglia.

Nathalia's Anthony Wilson uses a racquet bearing the same name during the Numurkah tournament.

Game face :Numurkah's Kaitlynd Cardwell does not let the ball leave her sight.

Shepparton tennis legend Bruce Ferguson claimed the singles crown at the 87th edition of the Numurkah Lawn Tennis Club’s Australia Day weekend tournament.

Ferguson came up against Numurkah’s Mark Mills and the Warriors captain took an early two-game lead.

But Ferguson regained his poise and stormed home, winning six of the next seven games to take out the title, 6-3.

Mills featured in a host of finals across the tournament, but was unable to take out the top gong in any discipline.

In A-grade men’s doubles he teamed up with Alex Bakiogianis, but again was left in second place after being defeated by Justin Hunter and Tyson Coombes.

Mills was prominent in the B-grade mixed doubles where he played alongside wife Katie, but the pair was pipped by Andrew and Carol Storer.

The men’s B-grade singles champion was Carmine Adamo, while previous singles champion Nick Fenaughty took out the B-grade men’s doubles alongside Zaine Sutton.

In the women’s event, Numurkah talent Emily Ryan claimed the title on her home courts during a scintillating final against Leanne Moore.

Ryan held her nerve in a tie-breaker to just sneak over the line with an 8-7 scoreline to signal a return to her best form.

Having struggled with injury in recent seasons, Ryan showed how potent she can be.

The B-grade singles title was claimed by Shepparton young gun Emily Turcato who defeated another rising talent in Molly Tancred.

While Moore could not top the singles competition, she teamed with Sharon Clement for a stirling A-grade women’s doubles win over Belinda Downs and Narelle Maxted.

Kate Beatson and Amy Lemmar were too strong in B-grade women’s doubles action, claiming their division’s championship.

Club president David Ludington was thrilled with how the tournament went given how precarious conditions looked in the lead up.

‘‘It went very well, we had a couple of anxious moments and the heat was a big concern in the lead up,’’ he said.

‘‘And then on Friday night there was 30mm of rain in Numurkah and we thought this is going to be so ironic, so we were worried about heat and then worried about a washout on Saturday.’’

But greens keeper Geoff Sutcliffe was out on Saturday morning putting in the effort to ensure no event was cancelled across the weekend.

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