WANGARATTA Lawn Tennis Club is gearing up to mount a large-scale assault on the annual Country Week tournament, which will see records broken with 191 teams set to battle it out in Wodonga next week.
Wangaratta Blue is making history as just the second WLTC team in nearly 60 years to contest the highest division, after earning promotion from the Special B1 grade following a narrow grand final loss last year.
The Blue Boys took on a much younger Horsham outfit in that final, going down in a super tie breaker after the match was drawn.
But with the Horsham side not returning, Wangaratta Blue has moved into A grade in its place, with the team of Barry Sullivan, Phil Peck, Pete Mulrooney, John Brunner and Kev Callahan calling up reinforcements in Matt Allen and Brendan Liddell to help them tackle their biggest ever challenge.
“It’s a massive honour to be playing in A grade this year,” Sullivan said.
“But it would have been nice to have done it 20 years ago – we’re going to be up against it now.
“We will definitely be the veterans – the majority of the players in A grade will be much younger and more athletic.