Mer­cury ris­ing as ag­gre­gate heats up

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Sport - LAWN TEN­NIS

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. wanglawn­ten­, 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

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