MDTA and Ararat association trial interleague games as player numbers drop

The Maryborough and Ararat district tennis associations have both struggled for player numbers recently, prompting the discussion of a possible merge in the future. As a trial, the two associations played each other in interleague clashes last December, with Araratʼs Josh Matthews and Maryboroughʼs Riley Ford picking up the racquet.

The Maryborough and Ararat district tennis associations have reached breaking point in the fight for their competitions, floating the idea of a possible merger.

Maryborough and Ararat clubs played a series of interleague games against one another towards the end of last year and with both associations struggling for player numbers and just one hour’s drive away, the idea of a possible amalgamation was discussed.

The interleague competition was played between the five A grade teams from both associations, with Ararat teams Ararat, Buangor, Crowlands, Landsborough and the newly merged Elmhurst-Amphitheatre playing against local teams Bealiba, Avoca, Moonambel, Lawn and Gully White.

Former Maryborough District Tennis Association (MDTA) president and Gully stalwart Ron Potter said the general consensus from the trial was that another interleague competition and more discussion would be needed to determine what the best course of action would be.

“I think the recommendation at the end of the season would be to try the interleague games again, rather than to merge the two associations,” he said.

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