Lamington ruin Trafalgar’s finals bid
Two pennant tennis knockout semifinals played last Saturday lived up to expectations, highlighted by Lamington’s upset win over Trafalgar.
Trafalgar had finished the qualifiers first and Lamington last.
But in a classic battle, Lamington held a two-rubber lead with two matches remaining.
Super tie-breaks were required but with match honours split, Lamington advanced to this weekend’s final.
For the winners, Paul Kenny beat Neil Ayre, 6-3, and Ben Walker upstaged Corey Young, 6-1. In Trafalgar’s camp, Heather Lavery enjoyed a 6-1 win over Molly Drew.
The competition’s second and third-placed teams, Fimiston and Piccadilly, clashed in the other semifinal.
Piccadilly held match point in a doubles rubber, but when a simple volley was missed, Fimiston swooped.
It forced the game into a tiebreaker, with Fimiston successful.
Fimiston’s Lorin Monck fought back from 1-4 to beat Simon Ayles, 7-5, and 13-year-old Nico Fouche beat Jim Creedon, 6-3.
Piccadilly’s best were Albert Wong, beating Marni Richter in three sets, and Pav Grodecki who was a 6-4 winner over Ben Glatz.
Lamington meet Fimiston in Saturday’s final, with a play-off for third between Piccadilly and Trafalgar.
Neil Ayre in action during the semifinals last Saturday, with Lamington defeating Trafalgar.