Come­backs the way for Rae in ti­tle feat

Great Southern Herald - - Sport - Craig McKin­ley

Katan­ning Ten­nis Club held its Club Cham­pi­onships over the month of April and with mul­ti­ple club cham­pi­onship win­ner Peter Run­dle un­avail­able, the men’s ti­tles were wide open.

Ge­off Stade went into the men’s fi­nal against Eric Rae in solid form with wins against Rob­bie An­thony and Tyler Cald­well in the quar­ter and semi­fi­nals, while Rae had two tough come-from-be­hind wins against Craig McKin­ley and David Stade.

Ge­off Stade stormed out of the blocks and won the first set eas­ily and it looked as though the en­gravers could get to work early as Stade took the set 6-0.

Rae dug deep in the sec­ond set to win 6-4 and in the su­per tie breaker, Stade moved out to an early lead be­fore Rae came home strongly to win the third set 10-7 and crowned men’s club cham­pion.

The ladies’ fi­nal was a ti­tanic bat­tle be­tween past cham­pion Emily Bes­sell and Tanya Le Roux.

Both play­ers had tough three-set wins in the semis over Emily McGuire and Sue Thompson re­spec­tively.

The fi­nal was an­other three-set af­fair with both play­ers hav­ing looked like gain­ing con­trol in parts.

The su­per tie break was a see­saw­ing af­fair with Le Roux even­tu­ally break­ing through for her first club cham­pi­onship, win­ning 6-4 1-6 10-8.

The men’s dou­bles fi­nal fea­tured Ge­off Stade and Hamish Thompson against David Stade and Si­mon Kerin.

The match ebbed and flowed with no team gain­ing as­cen­dancy.

The com­bi­na­tion of Ge­off Stade and Thompson raced to an early lead and had four match points be­fore David Stade and Kerin showed great de­ter­mi­na­tion to fight back and level the su­per tie break at 10 points apiece.

David Stade and Kerin won the next two points un­der enor­mous pres­sure to be claim club dou­bles cham­pi­ons hon­ours.

The ladies’ dou­bles fi­nal was a con­test be­tween the team of Brooke Del­lac­qua and Sue Thompson ver­sus Emily McGuire and Emily Pin­ney.

Both teams played some ex­cit­ing ral­lies though it was the ex­pe­ri­enced team of Del­lac­qua and Thompson who pre­vailed to win in two hard-fought sets 6-4 6-4.

The mixed dou­bles fi­nal was be­tween David Stade and Thompson against the Ge­off Stade and Del­lac­qua com­bi­na­tion.

The ex­pe­ri­ence of pre­vi­ous winners Del­lac­qua and Stade shone through in a con­vinc­ing win, 6-3 6-0.

Pic­tures: Gareth Thomas

Women's dou­bles fi­nal­ists Emily McGuire and Emily Pin­ney with Brooke Del­lac­qua and Sue Thompson.

Women's sin­gles fi­nal­ists Tanya Le Roux and Emily Bes­sell.

Men's sin­gles fi­nal­ists Ge­off Stade and Eric Rae.

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