Jaycob talked it up and the team backed it up
JAYCOB Dingwall had his twelve minutes of fame on OneFm 98.5 at 11.05am before tennis, giving Rochy a great wrap ahead of Saturday’s round six Goulburn Murray Lawn Tennis Association competition.
Grant Humbert will do the honors for Lockington-Bamawm United on December 10.
It was never a great idea to have social engagements on a Friday night for the socially excited tennis players who arrived at the courts a little sluggish, with the festive season just starting to kick off and year 12 graduation taking place.
The second placed Rochester GM side had to take on third placed Echuca Cats, who were a little depleted at the weekend.
Despite a few headaches, Rochester came away with the win over the Cats 12/99 to 2/58.
A couple of players were missing from the side, which may have made a difference to the end score.
In the first men’s doubles, Connor Gledhill, who had been in Melbourne all week without his racquet, instantly found his range alongside Jack Ingram.
Players eventually sealed the deal at 8-5 although allowed the opposition Ryan More and Steve Hope back in the game after an early lead.
Jaycob Dingwall and Todd Woodfine were against a couple of big hitters in John Hannon and Brendan Mullane, but came out trumps 8-4.
The second ladies went out on court first, Sarah Ingram and Leisa Evans wasted no time taking a strong lead but Robyn McCluskey and Anne Higgins rallied hard for a respectable 8-6 score.
Kate Lee and Rach Humbert had a slow start, staring down the barrel at 2-7 against Michelle Winchcomb and Jana Pollock before they clicked into gear to lose in a nail biting tie-break.
In the final doubles Rach Major and Leisa Evans were keen to make a start on afternoon tea winning 8-2.
In the final men’s doubles Jack Ingram and Todd Woodfine lost momentum against Hope and Mullane 4-8.
In the singles, Connor Gledhill showed great form winning 6-2 against More.
It was a slog out between Jaycob Dingwall and Hannon but the young athlete prevailed 6-3.
Kate Lee had to work hard to win the tie-break against Michelle Winchcomb while Sarah Ingram didn’t get past second gear winning 6-0 against McCluskey.
Rochy were 24 games ahead before winning all four mixed combinations to take the win by 41 games.
A reminder the fast four big bash will be held this Thursday night at the Rochester Tennis Club’s lawn courts.
The grass will be filled with tennis players and Rochester United cricket players in the social night.
The bar will be open and meat on the barbecue for all players and spectators wishing come along for a fun night at the courts.
THE CAMPASPE Tennis Association showcased a mixed bag of results at the weekend against teams from Echuca and Rich River.
In an unexpected turn of events Rochester 1 managed to knock Rich River 1 off their undefeated perch on Saturday at Rochester Lawn Tennis Club.
Rich River entered the day with confidence following a win over Echuca South the week prior, but lacked the fire-power of top man Zach McGrath which may have cost them in the end.
Rochester finished a set ahead of the away side and added 65 games to the final tally.
The number one men’s doubles James Nelson and Troy Holmberg had Rochester off to a strong start, winning 6-2 against Alyssa Godfrey and Deagan Tomkins.
The second doubles played by Zack Holmberg and Brian Letcher continued the winning form to trump Mitch Lake and Josh Bavich 6-4 before the final doubles ended in favour of Rich River’s Tomkins and Bavich in close tie-breaker between Troy and Letcher.
Zack was a stand out performer once again in the singles to win 7-5 over his competitor, while James Nelson stepped up to the plate to take on the top singles.
He may not have had McGrath to contend with, but Godfrey held her own in the singles to win 6-2.
Rochester’s women put the team in the box seat heading in to the mixed doubles, Mandy Dingwall and Sandra Holmberg winning 7-5, Christine Hooppell and Barbara McCarty 6-3 and Dingwall and Hooppell 6-1.
The games proved valuable in the end when Rich River retaliated late to claim three of the final four sets.
Sandra and Troy Holmberg were the only victorious pair (6-1) and the end result had Rochester six games in front.
In section 2A only one Rochester team came out with the win.
Rochester 4 ended the day three games ahead of Rich River 3 (60-57) after some fiercely contested sets in the top games.
Chris Murray and Darren Pain had a big task in the first doubles against Pettigrove and Connor Coghlan, the pair pulled a cat out of the bag to win 7-5.
Murray had an equally hard slog against Jason Pettigrove in the singles, but was able to pull away in the end to win 7-5.
Vanessa Snelling played Jodie Armstrong all day and although she wasn’t able to get a set she fought hard with partner Kirstie Gebbie in the doubles to make it into a tiebreak.
Darren and Amber Pain and Darcy Myers and Trudee Leahy won their mixed (6-1 and 6-2).
Lockington-Bamawm United 2 and Rochester 3 both suffered a loss on Saturday, LBU at home and Rochester away to Echuca South 3.
Two of LBU 2’s three sets came from the men’s doubles, Lachlan and Mitchell Collins won (6-4) and Tom Wild and Cody Lind were equally as impressive (6-4).
Meg Howlett and Jess Johnson claimed another set in their doubles against Rich River 2’s Jenny Sudhelz and Ella Harvey (6-4). Rich River 2 won 73 games to 42. Rochester 3 only needed four games to level the scores with Echuca South 3, who currently sit on top of the ladder, but made things hard on themselves after dropping too many games early.
Teams ended the day 62-58 and Rochester were still in the running heading into the mixed at only five games behind.
Kelsey Hageman won two of her sets and earned four games in her first doubles with Hannah Hocking to reduce the margin.
Bridie Baker came on in place of Caroline Fiedler in the mixed with Hamish Heathcote to win 6-4.
In the juniors Rochester 7 and Rochester 6 recorded wins in the A grade while B grade’s Rochester 11 and Rochester 12 couldn’t be split, ending the day on a draw (3/29 each).
Rochester 6’s line-up of Adam McPhee, Rhys Holmberg, Rory Haisman and Max Holmberg didn’t won all sets against LBU 4’s Nicholas Palmer, Mitchell Jones, Clancy Gardiner and Chloe Wakefield to end the day 48-19.
Teal and Reed Hocking didn’t drop a set in their fight against LBU 7 which gave Rochester 9 the win in B grade (33-13).
Junior C saw Rochester 14, Rochester 15 and LBU 11 win over their opponents and cemented LBU 11’s spot on top the ladder.
Vanessa Snelling lines up at the net.
Caroline Fiedler in action.