Jay­cob talked it up and the team backed it up

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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.

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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.

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