ACROSS THE COURTS: Gradings start exciting season
WHAT an exciting part of the year it is as associations kick off their season with the beginning of their 2018 grading rounds.
Grading is the formidable task of categorising both players and teams into the appropriate division in accordance with their age and skill set. Maryborough are ahead of the race this year as their season started last Wednesday, with Hervey Bay expected to match them by starting their season by the weeks' end.
But it will be a bit of a wait for the defending champions Breakaways Bayside until they find out who will be battling it out with them in the race to be crowned Hervey Bay's Division 1 Premiers. With only three teams nominated so far, Bullets and Cosmos will join Breakaways in the wait until an extra team or teams can graded to join them.
No such problem exists for the ladies divisions, two and three, who are boasting increased numbers which could potentially see six teams from the various clubs in each of the minor senior divisions.
Last year's Division 2 winners Bullets Bench Warmers and Division 3 winners Cosmos Fusion will face some fierce competition as they are joined by some aspiring young teams that now face the challenge of seeing how they will cope against the somewhat older and more experienced female opponents.
The junior divisions will welcome some big changes as well with the youngest non-competitive Net Division allowing seven-year-olds in the program for the first time in the newly adapted NetSetGo Set program.