An improving Moglonemby takes points
ROUND seven of Benalla and District tennis was conducted on Saturday.
In section one, the two home teams, Gooram and Euroa Lawn 1 played against one another.
Playing for Gooram were Megan O’Bree, Marnie Burton, Eliza Hoare, Glen Burton, Scott Watson and Nic Asquith.
Their opponents were Melinda Watson, Gayle Furphy, Julie Brook, Kyle Andrews, Jacob Hogg and Brenton Noye.
The first two sets established the tone of the day with Megan and Marnie turning out victorious, eight games to five games, against Melinda and Gayle.
However the results reversed in the first men’s set with Kyle and Jacob winning 8-7 against Glen and Scott in a thrilling tie breaker.
Similarly in the second pairings, Megan and Eliza turned on the power winning 8- 6 against Melinda and Julie but Glen and Nic lost to Kyle and Brenton, 3-8.
Gooram went into the break 35 games to Euroa lawn’s 43 games following the completion of the men’s and ladies’ doubles.
Serious tactics were discussed over scones covered with jam and cream.
Gooram had to win all mixed sets to win the points. Alas that did not happen. Euroa lawn, 6 sets, 62 games, 10 points, defeated Gooram, 3 sets, 48 games, 3 points.
Kyle and Brenton were the stand out players for Euroa Lawn with each winning their three sets whilst Megan was the only three set winner for Gooram.
Longwood Lawn played Benalla Gold at Euroa.
Representing Longwood Lawn were Debbie Seach, Sally Redfern, Lauren Mackrell, Mark Borthwick, Dav Mackrell and Brendan Redfern.
The Benalla Gold team comprised Simone Goudge, Faye Chaszcziwsky, Lizzie Lewis, Jack Kelly, Darby Davidson and John Kelly.
Simone dominated her games for Benalla Gold whilst Dav and Brendan were the best players for Longwood Lawn.
It was 41 games to 37 in favour of Longwood Lawn after the doubles and the leaders at that time extended their winning margin in the mixed pairs.
Longwood Lawn, 5 sets, 61 games, 9 points, accounted for Benalla Gold, 4 sets, 52 games, 4 points.
In section two, Euroa Lawn 2 hosted Swanpool.
With many regular players unavailable, Euroa Lawn captain, Phil Mollison, recruited nicely and the team comprised some very handy replacements in Lyn Pierce, Ros Doxey, Sarah Chittick, Bob Furphy, Chris Asquith and Craig Mercuri.
The Swanpool team members were Megan James, Debra Pearce, Carole Haslam, Paul Larkin, James Renkin and Alan Haslam.
The visitors started well winning the first women’s set but it was all downhill from there with Euroa Lawn 2 being far too strong.
Euroa Lawn 2, 7 sets, 64 games, 11 points, defeated Swanpool, 2 sets, 44 games, 2 points.
Bob, Chris and Craig each won their three sets for the day.
It is very encouraging to note that some of the fill-ins are becoming regular players in the Saturday afternoon competition and they are more than holding their own in each contest.
Moglonemby has been improving weekly and it was no surprise to see the team win the points this week.
Harrison Exton, Josh McCall, Trevor Exton, Olivia Osbourne, Grace Exton and Sarah Osbourne played for Benalla Garden Ramblers.
The mighty Moglonemby team members were Stuart Dean, Bryce Hogg, Ross Hanrahan, Marlene Hanrahan, Mary Kelly and Lyn Johnston.
The men dominated their sets for Moglonemby whilst the ladies were evenly matched with two tie breakers deciding the points.
Moglonemby also dominated the mixed winning all three sets.
Stuart, Bryce and Ross each won their three sets and were judged the most valuable players for the afternoon.
Moglonemby, 7 sets, 66 games, 11 points, defeated Benalla Garden Ramblers, 2 sets, 41 games, 2 points.
Friday evening tennis has commenced and the evidence suggests that it is popular with families.
The club has Thursday night tennis under lights, Saturday morning juniors, Saturday afternoon seniors, Thursday evening practice and the family hit up on Friday evening.