Mercury rising as aggregate heats up
THE temperature rose on Saturday and players were noticeably reaching for the drink bottle more often in Wangaratta Lawn Tennis Club’s afternoon aggregate.
Likewise the old oak tree was certainly taking a spray into the early evening with players discussing what could have been, if only that shot had gone in.
But all in all it was a great day for tennis.
Scores were tight in section one with three players finishing the day on 20 games, with games against delivering the result.
In the end Brendan Liddell edged ahead when it mattered by delivering some powerful serves to win with 20/14.
Coming in equal second position on scores of 20/16 were Phil Peck and Mr Consistent in Kevin Callahan.
The serve and then first up volley is what has defined Callahan’s game over many years, and some fear that it will serve him well in his next 50 years of tennis.
Coming in fourth position was John Brunner with 18 games followed by Matt Curran in fifth position.
It was tough out on court five where the section two players were hard at each other with none harder than Matt Allen.
Matt was peppering the ball with all his force to win the day with a score of 22 games, followed in equal second position by the slicing prowess of the spin king in Mark Brown and the forehand top spinner of the club in Sam Allen, both finishing with 20/17.
Coming in fourth and fifth respectively was the father and son duo of Barry and Zac Sullivan.
The return of John Funstan after some years away has certainly done his tennis no harm as he displayed all the traits of the player he was when he left, finishing with 24 games and a win in section three.
In second position and dropping the ball over the net to perfection was Frank Harris with 21 games followed by Joe Allen (18).
In fourth position and sliding the left-handed serve to the backhand side, making it almost impossible to return, was Phil Dryden with Jamie Almond coming in fifth.
Greg Renner has taken his game to another level as he won section four with a full complement of 24 games.
In second position and glancing her forehands to each point of the court was Anita Malcolm, followed by Des Steele with 18 games.
The story of the week was the sight of Russell Canning turning up at the courts in a bread truck.
This action was after he had read about the new super food being produced in Benalla known as hemp rolls – the problem being he had too much of the new food and was seen out in the park with the butterflies singing to the old tunes of the musical Hair.
Canning’s score of 16 games was just ahead of Geoff Allen in fifth place.
Section five was the tightest match of the round with the eagle eye of Andrew Lindner coming to the fore with a score of 23 games, followed closely by Christian McGauran (22/20) and Wendy Hall (22/22).
In fourth position and counting himself a bit unlucky was Peter Curran on 21 games followed by Jim Gales (18).
Graham Gardiner (23/15) and Mark Gorman (23/17) had an epic struggle in section six with the former just edging ahead on games against.
In third position was Terry Flynn with 18 games, having fought off the ever threatening Mick Keogh (16).
Section seven saw the fight of all fights as current El Presidente Geoff Davidson (23/11) outlasted his predecessor Peter Ablazej (21/14).
It was later said that at one change of ends they went for a vote to accept a motion which was turned down, and the point needed to be played again.
Jennie O’Sullivan finished in third with 15 games followed by Eric World with 14 games.
Entries to the aggregate need to be in prior to 12.30pm each Saturday, either online at www. wanglawntennis.com.au, by phone on (03) 5721 2438, or simply by placing your name on the aggregate sheet in the clubhouse.
COURT MASTERS: (Clockwise from top left) Kevin Callahan, Sam Allen, Matt Curran, Mark Brown and Matt Allen, and Brendan Liddell (below) were all in terrific form during Wangaratta Lawn Tennis Club’s Saturday afternoon aggregate. PHOTOS: Emma Hillier