TEN­NIS

Alpine Observer - - Sport -

MYRTLE­FORD Lawn Ten­nis Club notes. The Satur­day pen­nant com­pe­ti­tion could have a run­away win­ner with Nokia in­creas­ing their lead over the com­pe­ti­tion with a fourth straight win. Nokia thrashed Sam­sung on the week­end win­ning by nine sets to three sets and by 19 games. Nick Sal­mon con­tin­ued his great form win­ning three sets against Mar­cus James as did Michael Crocker and Jo Len­nox with another four set win­ning day. Liam Mor­gan is also hit­ting the ball well and is dom­i­nat­ing his line. Ber­nadette Thomas and sub Sarah Deas were able to hold their heads high win­ning two sets each. Sony had a nar­row win over Ap­ple by two sets and 12 games to win their sec­ond match of the sea­son. Sub Ryan Gro­pel and good mate Nick Ga­roni had a great bat­tle at num­ber one with Ryan get­ting the hon­ours over Nick. Jay­den Ri­naldo was too strong for Peter McKeachie win­ning his four sets. Jay­den got great sup­port from Kevin Mock and Kath Mor­gan.

The lad­der is Nokia 16, Sony 8, Ap­ple and Sam­sung 4 and LG with 0 points. Next week pits Ap­ple against LG and Sam­sung take on Sony. Ap­ple are on duty.

After a rain wash out last week, the ju­nior play­ers were keen for a good hit on Satur­day morn­ing. In Sec­tion 1 Blue had a good five set win over Black, with some great bat­tles be­tween Kyran Ha­gens and James Whit­ford. Kyran was able to claim a three set win along with team mate Hannah Pear, though her op­po­si­tion Jaz Rosatto didn’t give in eas­ily tak­ing two of those sets to tie break­ers. White also had a five sets to one win over their op­po­si­tion Or­ange, Molly Cuskelly and Ge­orge Whit­ford both claim­ing three sets. Rachel Flack also played very well drop­ping only four games. Yel­low had a com­fort­able win over Green, drop­ping just two sets in tie break­ers. Tara Browne was out­stand­ing as the only three set win­ner.

In Sec­tion 2 Char­lie Ben­son and Har­ri­son Korb hit well for the morn­ing to re­ceive the weekly award, fin­ish­ing with 16 games each. Matilda Kno­bel pulled off some great shots and earned the Most Im­proved award for this week.

Next week the sec­tion 2 play­ers will start a six-week ag­gre­gate com­pe­ti­tion, in which they will con­tinue to play games, earn­ing points each week for the num­ber of games they win on the day. There will also be a bonus three points just for at­tend­ing the day. At the end of the six weeks we will have a cham­pion and run­ner-up award, and also a most im­proved award from the sea­son. Good luck play­ers and have fun.

Hot Shots coach­ing pro­gram com­menced on Satur­day with 38 ex­cited and en­thu­si­as­tic chil­dren in at­ten­dance. It was great to have many par­ents out on court help­ing pick up balls and en­cour­ag­ing their chil­dren. There is no coach­ing this Satur­day (Novem­ber 11). The pro­gram re­sumes on Novem­ber 18 at 9am.

The grass courts are open for so­cial play on Fri­day night with fam­ily hit and gig­gle ten­nis from 6pm on­wards so come along for a hit and stay for tea af­ter­wards. BRIGHT Ten­nis Club notes. Re­sults from round 3 of the Wed­nes­day night com­pe­ti­tion.

Red Ash (Craig Thomp­son, Heather Thomp­son, He­len Harper, Ni­cole Lodge) nar­rowly de­feated Prickly Ash (Dar­ren Fer­rier, Monique Webb, Luci Loli­cato, Ja­cob West) 3 sets (29 games) to 3 sets (28 games).

For­est Oak (Kelly Berton, Andrea Jor­dan, Kim Robin­son, Leah Wil­liams) out­played Glossy Lau­rel (Narelle Pronk, Bernie Wickes, Cam (Roger) Wickes, Leonie Gerke) 4 sets (32 games) to 2 sets (20 games). Three set win­ners for the night were Ja­cob West, Andrea Jor­dan and Leah Wil­liams. Thanks to Cam Wickes and Kim Robin­son for fill­ing in.

The lad­der after round 3 is: Prickly Ash 16; Red Ash 14; For­est Oak 7; Glossy Lau­rel 5.

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