One more glory for Healesville Tennis Club

L-R: Vince Gillett, Ross Honeycombe, Christine Wittkopp, Chris Crawford, Michael Young and Giselle Maassen. Picture: SUPPLIED

By Dongyun Kwon

Healesville Tennis Club brought one more glory home on Saturday 23 March.

In the open section 5 of the Eastern Region Tennis senior Saturday competition, the Healesville team defeated the Nunawading Tennis Club team at the grand final, 4 sets, 43 games to 2 sets, 36 games.

The Healesville team captain Ross Honeycombe said the grand final wasn’t an easy game.

“We pushed in the last two sets. It was exciting to win it,” he said.

“We finished in third position and we won our first final against Boxhill.

“The fourth team beat the first team so the grand final was between the third and the fourth and because we were the higher-ranked team, we hosted the grand final at Healesville.”

Honeycombe said his team was very experienced.

“Our whole team has been playing tennis for many years, so we’re not new to tennis,” he said.

“So it’s really just showing our skills and experience.

“Obviously, there was more pressure on the grand final. But, with having a home advantage and having more support on the sidelines with family and friends, we could overcome it.”

The Healesville senior team plays for the summer seasons but not for the winter seasons.

Honeycombe’s team won the grand final in the two summer seasons in a row.

After winning the grand final in the open section 7 last summer, the team was pushed two sections up in this year’s summer season.

The captain said he expected to struggle in the season.

“To be honest, we were surprised to do so well in hindsight,” he said.

“Most of the matches were pretty close.”

The team will take weekends off over the winter and will be back for the next summer season aiming to win another grand final.