Reality check for Corowa
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.