Lecontes tres bien on court

March 02, 2017

In Country Week madness, 1500 competitors took part.

In Country Week madness where 1500 competitors took part, Goulburn Valley members played a part in the side that took honours in the top men’s division.

The Lecontes comprehensively defeated Mud Island 3-24 to 0-8 at the Yarrawonga event in a repeat of last year’s grand final.

Kyabram’s David Starling and Shepparton’s Jarrod Bingham were the region’s representatives that helped their side experience success in the A-grade final.

This year the team cruised through the grand final, in contrast to last year’s closer finish.

Bingham and Starling combined with Bendigo’s Curt Garwood, Melbourne’s Matt Findlay and Geelong pair Matt Holchier and Shane Wiffen to form the dominant team.

Starling has remained a constant in the side that formed in 2011.

The Lecontes won the title in 2011 and 2012 before winning last week’s tournament to secure back-to-back glory again.

In keeping with the lively environment of Country Week, Starling said the side’s name was an inspired decision from watching tennis on the television.

‘‘Back in 2011 when we sort of formed together we were trying to get together and get a name,’’ he said.

‘‘At the Australian Open (former French grand slam doubles champion) Henri Leconte was screaming all over the TV and saying ‘that’s unbelievable’ and we thought ‘well that’s us’.’’

On a personal level the win made it four wins from as many tournaments this summer for Starling.

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