While the Giants broke Magpie hearts in the city, a young Vida crew headed east in search of success and a unique experience.
It was a great day to be a kite as the wind was howling over the freshly laid classic clay. We all had to adjust to the court and weather conditions that were tricky to say the least.
We arrived bright and early to have every opportunity to feel out the conditions. All players competed in their first and second round matches with some great results coming in. Veronika Sangalang had a gritty 3 set comeback win to set the tone for the day. The club also put on an incredible spit roast, veggies and salad.
Doubles were the feature of the day, with some all Vida pairings it was set up for enjoyable day. With a few losses in the second round most of the team had their consolation singles. All of which got through to the next round.
Semifinals and finals day as the mercury rose to a mere 18 degrees. The competition certainly heated up. It all began with a Vida vs Vida semi final which went down to the wire. Zachary Raynes outlasted Elijah Kuirel 10-7 in the final set tie-breaker.
A new addition to this camp was the use of a scoring app which also produced the stats. This was a great initiative as the players got specific feedback post match and gained more of an understanding as to why they won or lost.
The afternoon saw our Uber driver Ash take us out to the Bairnsdale Fun Park for some mini golf and archery attack. Some controversial scores were entered we couldn’t decide on a clear winner. However, a few headshots rattled Leon in the archery attack as the kids took some anger out.
A well earned sleep in was on the cards before walking to the club to watch some of the other finals, before jumping back on the bus to the big smoke.
A big thanks to all players and coaches who came along.
Here is a brief summary of our results:
Zachary Raynes – U/12 Boys Singles Consolation Champion
Veronika Sangalang & Isabella Chessler – U/16 Girls Doubles Runners Up