Re­al­ity check for Corowa

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Sport - TEN­NIS By BACK­HAND WIN­NER

COROWA Red hosted Wang Har­court on Satur­day and were con­fi­dent they could bring about an up­set, but the lad­der lead­ers turned up with their A game and pun­ished the hosts with a 9-3 vic­tory.

Hard­court es­tab­lished early dom­i­nance over Corowa and were two sets clear head­ing into the mixed sets.

The vis­i­tors then dashed any hope of a Corowa re­vival by win­ning the first two mixed sets in tie break­ers, and it was then left to the McDon­ald (Ian and Anna) and the Lu­cas (Andy and Di) clans to com­plete the white­wash.

Corowa could have been closer if they had held their nerve dur­ing the three tie break sets they lost, but Hard­court’s ex­pe­ri­ence told when it mat­tered.

Ian and Anna McDon­ald and Di Lu­cas all won two sets apiece for Hard­court, while once again it was the M and M show for Corowa as Mar­i­anne Spencer and Melissa Rhodes showed their team­mates how to work with the the­ory ‘if I hit more into play than my op­po­nent then I should win’.

Back at Merriwa Park, Wang Lawn eased past Corowa Blue 9-3, with a dom­i­nant per­for­mance from the Lawn women who once again proved to be the dif­fer­ence be­tween the two teams.

Janelle Hartwig, Emily Brown, Kim Brown and Ja­nine Thiele all won three sets each to set up the Lawn vic­tory.

Dar­rell Spencer and Peter Fil­liponi were Corowa’s best per­formed.

Af­ter the match Dar­rell noted that Corowa “aren’t Novem­ber spe­cial­ists – we only have our eyes on the month of March next year”.

THE fairy­tale story came from peren­nial cel­lar dwellers Boorhaman who took the points against Wang Hard­court.

Hard­court ap­peared to not give their op­po­si­tion due re­spect, which ul­ti­mately brought them un­done.

Chris Ni­chols, who had a prior en­gage­ment, was a no­table ab­sen­tee for Hard­court, with his con­sis­tency sorely missed.

In a see­saw­ing af­fair Boorhaman held a five-game ad­van­tage go­ing into the mixed sets courtesy of their women, whereas the Hard­court men dom­i­nated their op­po­nents and kept their side within strik­ing dis­tance and in with a re­al­is­tic chance.

Boorhaman’s bleak win/ loss record over re­cent sea­sons was like a dark cloud hov­er­ing above them as they en­tered the mixed sets, think­ing here we go again – so close but so far.

This time was dif­fer­ent, how­ever, as they com­bined well in all their mixed sets and fi­nally tasted suc­cess against a highly dec­o­rated op­po­nent.

Shirley Fuller, Ha­ley Thom­son, Kirsty Ty­ers and Mer­ryn Byrne were ex­cep­tional and with Shane Parr, Ian Maiden, Kane Ty­ers and Ryan Byrne chip­ping in Boorhaman held on for a fa­mous vic­tory.

Andrew Rad­nor, Scott Parker and Ray Mu­nari held sway in the men’s sets for Hard­court but it wasn’t quite enough.

Maya Clarke and Ni­cole Brim­ble­combe were best for the Hard­court women.

Ruther­glen and Myrrhee started the day level on points and with the chance of con­sol­i­dat­ing a po­si­tion in the top four with vic­tory.

The match ebbed and flowed as the women’s and men’s sets were com­pleted but it was Ruther­glen that man­aged to have their noses in front be­fore the all im­por­tant mixed sets.

Ruther­glen were two sets and four games to the good and af­ter the first two mixed sets the score line re­mained the same.

But when Phil Corker and Cathy Van Berlo won Myrrhee were be­gin­ning to think mir­a­cles do hap­pen as they jumped to a four-game ad­van­tage.

Ruther­glen’s Mad­die Pianto and Brady Hofer weren’t daunted by the task ahead of them, how­ever, and calmly went about their job and se­cured the vic­tory for Ruther­glen.

He­len Fuge and Paul Black­shaw won three sets for Ruther­glen, while Phil Corker, Dy­lan Van Berlo, Robyn Oliver and Daniel Griffin were the best for Myrrhee.

COROWA have thrown down the gaunt­let to the Wah­gun­yah teams af­ter they brushed aside Wah­gun­yah Red on Satur­day.

Corowa gained the early as­cen­dancy, win­ning the first two sets, but Wah­gun­yah fought back us­ing their ex­pe­ri­ence to get back on level terms.

As the tem­per­a­ture rose the Wah­gun­yah legs be­gan to wilt and the youth­ful Corowa out­fit gained con­trol of the match and won by nine games.

Wah­gun­yah Gold have now put them­selves on a pedestal af­ter an­other dom­i­nant dis­play against Ruther­glen.

Ruther­glen’s score line doesn’t rep­re­sent the close­ness of the match, as they were in most games but just couldn’t get the points when it mat­tered.

If they con­tinue to play like that a vic­tory is only just around the corner.

Sec­tion 1: Wang Hard­court 61, Wang Lawn 50, Corowa Blue 31, Corowa Red 26.

Sec­tion 2: Ever­ton 41, Wang Hard­court 38, Ruther­glen 36, Myrrhee 32, Boorhaman 21.

Sec­tion 3: Wah­gun­yah Gold 36, Wah­gun­yah Black 30, Corowa 22, Wah­gun­yah Red 18, Woor­agee Red 7, Woor­agee Blue 2.

Shirley Fuller

Ryan Byrne

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