The weekend of the 21/22 May saw 23 very enthusiastic Ladies and Gents aged 15 to 50 something representing our club head down to Melbourne in the wee hours of the morning.
The prestigious Hopman Cup is a country team only tournament that saw 15 teams fight it out across three divisions. Having two teams from Bendigo, the first in division 2 and the second team in division 3. High hopes and unsure of what to expect with so many new faces to the tournament, we were off to a flying start, many wins on the board individually which transferred to the teams overall on top of their respective divisions at the end of day one.
As always, the Saturday night function there was in excess of 60 players, families and friends came along for a great social night where a couple of surprises were announced from our players; a pregnant partner from one and an anniversary from another! The night was a blast and some stayed on the water very conscious of our team prospects and some still managed a few relaxing ales before bed. All in all a great night was had.
Sunday morning saw Bendigo (1) come up against a very strong team from East Gippsland with an ex World Ranked player (Mark Ikin) as the captain which dropped the team back to second on the ladder, which they held at the end. Bendigo (2) team carried their form into the second day staying on top of the ladder through to the last round, which they lost marginally to Geelong! Matches were even but lost by a couple of games.
Have a look below for a couple of photos and results from the teams and individuals.