Gutsy Owls stop Wal­la­bies

Benalla Ensign - - Communityvoice -

A de­ter­mined Owls unit fought back from a last-round loss to ce­ment their spot in the four.

The Owls up­staged Wal­la­bies for a hard-fought 3-2 vic­tory in round 11 of the A-grade pen­nant com­pe­ti­tion last week.

It was a cru­cial game for both teams, with the loss putting Wal­la­bies out of fi­nals con­tention and the win eas­ing Owls into third spot with one round to be played.

Top player John Ba­jada was at his best, play­ing bril­liantly to win both sin­gles in straight sets.

He was well sup­ported by Dean Ba­jada who was in top form to win the de­cid­ing sin­gles in a strong show­ing.

Wal­la­bies had a chance to win the match, with Ash­ley Duns be­low his best, only win­ning one sin­gles be­fore com­bin­ing with Rob Ersk­ine to take the dou­bles in a closely con­tested three set­ter.

Plovers were too strong for Rosel­las, with mag­i­cal Mick Kelly in ex­cep­tional form to win both sin­gles in straight sets, to take Plovers to a com­fort­able 4-1 vic­tory.

Team­mate Daniel Dokka was in fine touch, play­ing bril­liantly to score a straight-sets vic­tory over Adrian Squires in his best re­sult this sea­son.

Col Ex­ton was the only win­ner for Rosel­las, play­ing his usual con­sis­tent game to ac­count for a sin­gles in style.

Mean­while, top team Pos­sums com­pletely de­stroyed Echid­nas, ooz­ing with con­fi­dence for a stylish 5-0 vic­tory.

Cooper Ir­win and Stephen Lane per­formed bril­liantly to win all their matches com­fort­ably.

Kook­abur­ras were too clever for Taipans, pro­duc­ing a great dis­play for an easy 5-0 de­mo­li­tion.

Brian Har­ring­ton and John Holschier won all their matches in easy fash­ion.

B-grade

A revved-up Mozzies out­fit moved into the four with an out­stand­ing 3-2 vic­tory over Wom­bats. Promis­ing ju­nior Coby Linke was in great form, play­ing strongly to win both sin­gles in style.

He was well sup­ported by Chris Lee who was in fine touch to win a sin­gles in straight sets to get Mozzies over the line.

Wom­bats’ Peter Wil­liams put in a good per­for­mance, win­ning a sin­gles be­fore com­bin­ing with Ray Grant for a hard-fought 13-21, 22-20, 21-17 dou­bles win.

Out­stand­ing player Pauline Hooper took Red­backs to a stun­ning 4-1 vic­tory over Glid­ers in a hard-fought clash.

She was in bril­liant form to ac­count for both sin­gles in a strong per­for­mance.

She had good sup­port from John Spencer who had to pro­duce his best to win a sin­gles be­fore team­ing up with Hooper for a 19-21, 22-20, 21-16 dou­bles vic­tory.

Graeme Sharp was back in form to win the only sin­gles for Glid­ers.

Lad­der-leader Num­bats con­tin­ued to has­sle the op­po­si­tion, en­joy­ing their com­fort­able 4-1 vic­tory over Bul­lants to in­crease their lead over the com­pe­ti­tion.

Carol Perry was in su­perb form, play­ing con­vinc­ingly to win both sin­gles in straight sets.

She had strong sup­port from Si­enna Ir­win, who rose to the oc­ca­sion to win a sin­gles be­fore com­bin­ing with Perry for a tough 21-12, 17-21, 21-18 dou­bles vic­tory.

Frogs were too strong for Ea­gles, giv­ing a great ex­hi­bi­tion to en­joy a 4-1 vic­tory.

Brian Perry won both sin­gles, while Heather Craw­ford per­formed ex­tremely well to win one.

They then teamed to win the dou­bles com­fort­ably.

C-grade

Mag­pies con­tin­ued to lead the field af­ter yet an­other solid 3-2 vic­tory over Crick­ets.

He­len Sharp and An­drea Cath­cart were forced to pro­duce their best, with each player win­ning a sin­gles in hard-fought con­tests.

They then wrapped up the match with a tense 21-18, 23-25, 21-18 dou­bles vic­tory.

Jack­son Squires was the star of the match, win­ning both sin­gles in a fine dis­play.

Doves had to pro­duce their best to hold out Fal­cons, pre­vail­ing for a thrilling 4-1 vic­tory.

Paul Wat­son starred for Doves, show­ing his class to ac­count for both sin­gles in style.

He was well sup­ported by the im­prov­ing El­liot McCal­lum who played bril­liantly to win a sin­gles in straight sets.

They then com­bined with Wat­son to en­joy a com­fort­able dou­bles vic­tory.

Hawks dis­played their tal­ents, fight­ing strongly for a com­fort­able 5-0 vic­tory over Koalas.

Kerry Yang and Jenny Sawyer were in great form to win all their matches in a stylish dis­play.

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