Rochester 1 moves into second
SECTION 1 Rochester 1 (9/64) defeated Echuca South 2 (4/40) ROCHESTER 1 has secured second place behind Rich River with a 24-game victory against Echuca South 2.
Father and son combo, Troy and Zack Holmberg were in fine form, winning 6-2 against Daryl Poole and Alec Brown.
The super fit Brian Letcher lost with James Nelson 5-7, but was warmed up with Zack Holmberg in the finals men’s doubles to win 6-1.
In the singles, Troy Holmberg once again put on a great display of touch to win 6-3 against Poole, while James Nelson was kept on the back foot against Jason Leeman 2-6.
In the women’s, Sandra Holmberg and Christine Hooppell set up some great points to take the win 6-1 and Jenny Crockett and Barb McCarty also found the gaps to hit some classy shots to win 6-2.
Holmberg-Crockett had a brain fade which resulted in a shock 0-6 loss, but counteracting the score was the Hooppell-McCarty duo were on fire to win 6-0.
Rochy 1 continued their strong form into the mixed winning 6-2, 6-1, 6-3 and only dropped the second mixed 3-6. Rochester 2 (6/55) lost to Echuca
South 1 (7/55) Unfortunately for Rochester 2, the only thing to celebrate was Beck Crawford’s birthday after narrowly losing to fifth-placed Echuca South 1 who made a comeback in the mixed.
The Rochy men struggled against the more experienced South as big hitters Greg Tiller and Justin Coghill lost 3-6 to Peter Fawcett and Rob Caldwell.
Bailey Wileman and Matt Coghill couldn’t find their groove against the seasoned and cunning play of Howard Armstrong and Mick O’Brien who came out of retirement to play 2-6.
In the singles, Tiller lost 3-6 to the nimble Fawcett and Wileman may be still feeling the effects from a late night at Temptations Christmas party, losing 2-6 to Armstrong.
Brothers, Justin and Matt Coghill played some polished tennis to win the only mens set 6-2.
In the women’s Rochy were too strong winning all four sets.
Karen Taylor and Lizzy Ingram won 6-3 against Louisa Dean and Sarah Dixon, Beck Crawford and Lea Gledhill won 6-3 against Lee Beattie, who was able to play as a lady this week, and partner Donna Glen.
Taylor-Crawford only gave away one game against Dean-Beattie, while Ingram-Gledhill played the perfect tennis, dishing out 6-0 to Dixon-Glen.
Rochy had a seven game buffer going into the mixed and Matt Coghill and Taylor started proceedings by winning 6-3.
Tiller-Crawford wheels fell off losing 1-6, Justin Coghill and Ingram couldn’t find momentum losing 3-6 while Wileman-Gledhill went down 5-7.
SECTION 2A Colbinabbin (8/63) lost to Roches
ter 3 (5/64) Rochester 3 caused an upset after defeating third-placed Colbinabbin, although they won three more sets on the day but lost on games.
Colbo had a few key men out with Matt McEvoy and Slab Ryan with handy fill-ins Wayne ‘Rowdy’ McQueen and young Sam Ryan filling the void to play alongside Matt Ryan, Cooper and Hugh Hamilton.
The Rochy men, Rod and Brody Fiedler, Jacob Baker and Jake Hocking enjoyed the bounce from the hard courts winning all five sets.
It was evenly matched in the women’s but Colbo’s Mardi Ryan, Anne McEvoy, Megan Morgan and young Rochy Lawn junior, Ella Kerlin came away with three out of four sets against Caroline Fiedler, Rachel Baker, Kelsey Hageman and Beck Wolfe.
Rochy had nudged a four game lead by afternoon tea.
In the first mixed, Matt McEvoy and Ryan held on to win 7-5 against Rod Feidler and Hageman, Hugh Hamilton and Anne McEvoy were up a break winning 6-4 against Brody and Caroline Fielder, Cooper Hamilton and Morgan won the important points 6-3 against Rachel Baker and Wolfe.
Sam Ryan would’ve dived for a few shots if playing on grass and his partner Ella Kerlin hit well but in the end it was a 2-6 loss against Hocking and Bridie Baker.
Juniors WINDY conditions were not ideal on Saturday morning which made it difficult to return and serve. Junior players will enjoy the festive season break with tennis resuming on February 4, 2017. A safe and merry Christmas to all.
A grade Elmore 2 (4/29) lost to Rochester
5 (4/39) The Rochester 5 team of Angus Martin, Ben Atley, Grant Fuller and Zara Myers had a great start in the doubles against Elmore 5’s James and Sam Trewick, Kira Niven and Hayden Trewick winning 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 and 6-4.
Rochy secured an 11-game lead but Elmore never gave up with four singles matches still to play.
Trewick defeated Martin 6-3, Trewick won in tie-break against Atley, Niven unfortunately lost 0-6 to the accurate Fuller and Trewick defeated Myers 6-3. Colbinabbin 2 (8/48) defeated
Echuca South 4 (0/18) The Colbinabbin 2 all boy team of Sam and Charlie Ryan, Cooper and Hugh Hamilton and Liam Francis were too classy for the Echuca South 4 team of Aaron Loader, Gemma Godfrey, Phoebe Poole and Johanna Ritchie.
Hugh Hamilton only played two sets for the morning and never dropped a game with the help from Francis in the second doubles.
Great to see three players back it up and play in the afternoon in Section 2A with Matty Ryan appreciating the young legs chasing down the balls.
B grade Rochester 10 (2/22) lost to Ro
chester 8 (4/28) Rochester 10’s Ella Kerlin, Dahla Bywaters, Tanzin Myers and Macy Bywaters rallied hard against Rochy 8’s team of Stella Martin, Charlie Palmer, Matt Blow, Ellie Moroney and Kaitlyn Joyce.
Kerlin was part of the only two winning sets for Rochy 10 before being poached to play for the Grasshoppers in the afternoon. Rochester 12 (2/25) lost to LBU 9
(4/27) Rochester 12’s Waugh and Gracyn George, Leila Palmer, Charlee Roulston and Koby Cowan played some great shots throughout the morning but LBU’s Edward Brentnall, Jake Rorke, Bowden Stone and Milly Haines just had the edge on the day winning by 2 games. Rochester 9 (5/33) defeated Col
binabbin 3 (1/15) Rochy 9’s Teal and Reed Hocking, Max Ward and Tobie Woodfine had a fantastic hit out against Colbo 3’s Jasper McArdle, Jack Arnell, Elijah and Hamish Wallace but the end score didn’t reflect the rallies and tennis played. Elmore 3 (3/23) lost to Rochester
13 (3/29) Elmore 3’s Clara Holmberg, Peter Johnson and Lucy Holmberg just fell short by three games after high intensity tennis against top team Rochy 13’s Will Leahy, Jayvier Horkings, Elise and Tegan Williams and Nikita Brian. Colbinabbin 4 (2/20) lost to LBU
8 (4/29) Colbo 4’s Henry Rathjen, Sophie McLean and Jude Ryan tried to use home court advantage, playing some trick shots but LBU 8’s Sarah and Chelsea Jones, Telia Rorke and Tiharn Duncan relished the hard court bounce winning the morning by nine. Echuca South 5 (1/19) lost to
Rochester 11 (5/34) South 5’s Dermot and Archer Ritchie, Grace Davis, Rudy Webb and Oscar Palmer played some great tennis but Rochester 11’s Bridie Baker, Darbie Wileman, Alex and Monica Ingram had all the returns, winning by 15.
Junior C Grade Rochester 14 (5/32) defeated Col
binabbin 5 (1/21) Rochy 14’s Hugh Kerlin, Blake Roulston, Hunter Wileman, Natalie and Steph Moon were all strings hitting some ripper shots to win by 11 games over Colbo 5’s Jessica McLean, Grace and Anita Barlow, Josh, Harper and Zahley Francis who fought hard for every point. Rochester 16 (5/31) defeated Ro
chester 17 (1/20) Rochester 16’s Noah and Sadie Martin, Olivia McInnes, Harrison Forster and Denis Caine created some great winning shots against Rochester 17’s Zack Wileman wearing matching socks and his new tennis bag looked the part with team mates, Maddy Pearse, Tara Atley and Tempest George.
The team all returned well, but Rochy 16 were too good on the day. Elmore 4 (3/27) lost to Rochester
15 (3/29) Elmore 4’s Emily Jones, Julia Rosaia, Rhylee Chapman and Xavier Worme lost in a nail biting finish against Rochy 15’s Charlie Peacock, Patton Tiller, Noah O’Sullivan, Jasmin Moroney and Summer Pain.
Rochester (9/94) defeated Echuca
Bulldogs (5/70) IN THE spirit of tennis both Rochester and Lockington-Bamawm United supplied Josh Lee and Faye Bail to help the depleted Echuca Bulldogs who suffered the absence of the Gledhill Family.
Connor Gledhill and Jack Ingram got the tennis started and were put to the test by stalwarts of serve and volley tennis Todd Charnas and Roger Kirchhofer, but the young boys prevailed 8-6.
Jaycob Dingwall and Elliott Taylor hit freely to win 8-2 against Eddie McGregor and Josh Lee.
Todd Woodfine and Taylor joined forces to defeat Kirchhofer-Lee in a great hit out 8-4.
In the singles Gledhill, frustrated with his execution at times, had nothing to worry about sealing the deal at 6-3 against Charnas, while Dingwall won 6-1 against McGregor.
In the women’s, Kate Lee and Rach Major stepped it up a notch to win 8-5 against Roxanne Dickett and Anne Higgins.
Sarah Ingram and Leisa Evans were made to battle each point, but went down a break against Nadya Jefferies and Faye Bail 6-8.
Major-Evans lost a tie-break in a nail biting finish against Higgins-Bail.
In the singles, Lee was out-classed by Dickett’s big serve and accurate returns 1-6 while Ingram played a marathon tie-break which Jefferies scraped over the line to win.
Rochy were 13 games advanced by the mixed.
Lee had Gledhill working overtime in the mixed on the net until a sneaky drop shot had Charnas pull up a little gingerly, eventually conceding at 8-4 with Dickett.
It was going to be a long trip home for Charnas in his recovery.
Dingwall-Major rallied everything back to win 8-2 against McGregorJefferies while Woodfine-Evans got up in the tie-break against KirchhoferHiggins in a great set of cat and mouse.
Jack and Sarah Ingram were unable to hold on in the tie-break against LeeBail who showed some fine court coverage.
Tennis will resume January 14 when Rochy host top team Echuca South.
Jaycob Dingwall in action at the weekend.