Home' Plains Producer : Plains Producer February 5, 2014 Contents Plains Producer, Wednesday, February 5, 2014
$10,000 and a town party
and his Watervale
winner Li Na
to thank for a ...
Louise Michael reports:
Better Quality, Choice & Price
Specials available - Wednesday February 5 to Tuesday February 11
13 Wallace Street Balaklava SA, 5461 - P: 8862 1571 F: 8862 2096 www.facebook.com/pages/Balaklava-Foodland
BALAKLAVA 50 Year
Chicken Leg Schnitzel
Pork Loin Roast
Bega 250g Slices
Nestle Ice Pole
8pk Lemon or
Juice 2 Litre
2kg + 1kg FREE
Yo Yo Biscuits
WATERVALE tennis club has
made it to the big stage, after win-
ning the inauguralAustralian Open
(AO) tennis Blitz challenge.
And the captain of the Water-
vale senior team, Aaron Ackland,
aced the Blitz, winning himself a
$10,000 ANZ bank account as the
highest individual Blitz challenger
in his club.
In its first year, the AO Blitz
aimed at raising awareness of
tennis, with clubs, schools and
individuals participating in a series
of fun challenges, to win prizes.
With the motivation of raising
funds for resurfacing the Watervale
courts, and raising awareness of
tennis, especially junior tennis,
Aaron entered the competition on
behalf of the club.
“The courts were laid about 60
years ago, and have only really
had patch jobs done since then, so
I thought I’d enter the challenge,”
“I had to complete lots of chal-
lenges, like knocking over cans
in target practice, playing tennis
with a sponge (like Sponge Bob),
and court hogs, with 24 players
on a court, and my wife, Kathrynn
videoed them all (for proof) and we
had to upload them onto YouTube.”
All challenges were completed
before Christmas, and the 256 high-
est clubs/groups, were then each
allocated a tennis player from the
Towns were ranked in order
of highest points achieved in the
challenges, and were then aligned
with a player, also in order of ten-
“The top town in Australia was
Kendall, NSW, so they got to pick
their player – Rafa Nadal – and after
that, towns were allocated a player,
and it was just luck of the draw that
we, ranked at number eight, got Li
Na.” (officially Na Li.)
A number of other South Aus-
tralian groups made it into the top
256, and against the odds, another
SA town, Echunga, had the men’s
winner, Stanislas Wawrinka.
As the town winner, Watervale
will receive a town street party
from Tennis Australia – but Li Na
won’t be there!
“After the party, we’re hoping
to make up a parcel of photos, etc,
and send them to her,” said Aaron.
The date for the party hasn’t
been set as yet, due to the original
date of March 2, now clashing with
the Clipsal car race in Adelaide.
As for Aaron’s personal prize-
money, he’s still undecided about
what he’s going to do with it.
“I’ll probably donate some
back to the club to go towards the
courts, and the rest will be used for
the family in some way,” he said.
Aaron did exceptionally well,
as he was ranked 16th overall in
Alarge group of players and sup-
porters of the tennis club watched
the Open final at the Watervale hotel
Saturday, January 25, and were
ecstatic when Li Na won.
“I’d like to thank Irene at the
hotel, who raised $1000 for the club
from a raffle, and also supported us
with discounted meals.”
The club also held a successful
retro beach party last Saturday
night, in perfect beach weather con-
ditions, to raise funds for the club.
n CELEBRATING at the Watervale Hotel are (from left) Aaron
and Kathrynn Ackland with club president David Long and, LEFT,
Caroline Sandow and daughter, Alexandra, with their Li Na sign.
– P ictures courtesy of Keira James, Northern Argus
Links Archive Plains Producer Jauary 30, 2014 Plains Producer February 12, 2014 Navigation Previous Page Next Page