Mo­lik shines on grass

Western Suburbs Weekly - - WorkPlace - War­ren Hard­ing

BRIL­LIANT ten­nis by one of WA’S finest, Ali­cia Mo­lik, helped Cottes­loe win the 2017 women’s State League ten­nis fi­nal against Blue Gum on grass on Satur­day.

In one of the best fi­nals ever, the for­mer world num­ber eight was pushed to the brink by a ram­pant Katy O’shea.

Mo­lik was down 2-5 in the first set, clawed back and then was again in trou­ble down 1-4 in the tiebreak but drew on her in­ter­na­tional ex­pe­ri­ence to steady and de­liver Cottes­loe the 7-6 6-1 win.

This fol­lowed a pul­sat­ing win by Teiwa Casey 6-3 3-6 6-4 over Blue Gum’s Marisa Gian­otti.

Casey was also 1-4 down in the third set and dug deep in a long rally that elec­tri­fied the 150-plus crowd that was to­tally ab­sorbed in the con­test.

The at­mos­phere was tight and ev­ery match was a strug­gle as Cottes­loe’s Lexie Weir went down 5-7 6-3 2-6 to Sheri­dan Cur­rie and the teams went into the de­cid­ing dou­bles tied on two rub­bers, five sets each.

Mo­lik then teamed with Casey to win the dou­bles in straight sets to carry Cottes­loe to an emo­tional win.

Also south of the river, an­other western sub­urbs team Mos­man Park took on Hens­man Park in the men’s State League fi­nal that failed to live up to the ex­pec­ta­tions set when they last met in round 11.

Hens­man, miss­ing Rhys John­son, reshuf­fled their team and wins by Zach Itzstein over Bren­ton Ba­con 6-3 6-1 and Cameron Fen­ner over Mos­man Park’s Sam Alexan­der 6-4 6-3 set up an unas­sail­able lead.

The bat­tle of the num­ber one’s didn’t even­tu­ate as world num­ber 191 Bry­dan Klein for Mos­man Park was un­trou­bled by Hens­man’s James Con­nolly.

Cottes­loe beat Blue Gum in the women’s State League ten­nis fi­nal.

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