Squires throws down challenge
Adrian Squires showed he was back to his best form when he took Rosellas to a spectacular 4-1 victory over the highly fancied Kookaburras in last weeks round four A-grade clash.
In winning both singles in straight sets against class opposition, he threw down the challenge as his team moved into equal top spot on the ladder, at the half way mark of the Spring competition.
He had strong support from Michelle Feldtmann who used her attacking game, rising to the occasion to snare a singles win before combining with Squires for an impressive straight sets doubles victory.
A determined Owls unit fought back strongly to hold out Plovers, prevailing for a tight 3-2 victory.
John Bajada was outstanding, winning both singles against top competition to get his team over the line. He had solid support from Dean Bajada who teamed well to feature in a tense doubles win.
Plovers’ Mick Kelly and Daniel Dokka each won a singles in a fine display.
Meanwhile, Wallabies showed they were still a force when they outplayed Echidnas for a convincing 4-1 victory. Veteran Col Exton gave a polished performance to account for both singles in a great display. He had solid support from Ashley Duns, who won a singles but then dropped one to Graeme Squires in a tough three setter. They then went on to take the doubles in straight sets.
Taipans upset top team Possums, posting a stirling 3-2 victory in a high standard affair. They celebrated their first win of the season in style.
Eagles enjoyed their 4-1 victory over Gliders after getting away to a strong start. Henning Aretz continued his winning streak, playing extremely well to win both singles, while team mate Matt Parkinson was in fine touch to win one. They comfortably won the doubles in a tough three setter.
Ladder leader Numbats had to battle hard to hold out a determined Redbacks outfit. Carol Perry was in top form, accounting for both singles in a fine display. She then combined with Sienna Irwin to wrap up the match with a 21-13, 19-21, 22-20 doubles marathon.
Redbacks’ Pauline Hooper and John Spencer played well to win a singles each, but needed the elusive doubles to win the match.
Mozzies’ Chris Lee and Coby Linke were too strong for Bullants, taking a 5-0 victory after winning all their matches.
Frogs had a close encounter with Wombats, holding on for a hard fought 3-2 victory. Kaleb Lissenden showed great improvement in his game to win a singles under pressure. He was well supported by Brian Perry who had to rely on his spin game to claim both singles clashes.
Crickets fought back to hold on to a gallant 3-2 victory over new team, Falcons in a close contest.
Jackson Squires and Ann Degan impressed by winning a singles each and then claimed the doubles in three sets. New sensation Lian Li was in great touch, winning both singles in style.
Another brilliant exhibition from Helen Sharp took Magpies to a hard fought 3-2 victory over Hawks. She won both singles clashes, with team mate Andrea Cathcart playing strongly to win one.
In another close contest, Koalas just held on to overcome Doves for a tight 3-2 victory. New player, Geraldine Maloney starred for Koalas, winning both singles before combining for a straight sets doubles victory.
Keen coach: Benalla Swimming Club's newly appointed head coach Gary Bowman.
Back to his best: Rosellas player Adrian Squires.