Lane gets Pos­sums home

Benalla Ensign - - Communityvoice -

Ex­cit­ing new player Stephen Lane was in dev­as­tat­ing form when he al­most sin­gle-hand­edly ad­vanced Pos­sums to a grand fi­nals ap­pear­ance in the A-grade semi-fi­nals last week — win­ning 3-1 against Owls.

Rel­a­tively new to the club this sea­son, Lane has made his mark in A-grade, with out­stand­ing per­for­mances through the com­pe­ti­tion gain­ing him a rep­u­ta­tion as a feared op­po­nent.

He played bril­liantly to win his first sin­gles clash of the night in straight sets.

He then faced the club’s top player John Ba­jada, win­ning 21-17, 14-21, 21-17 in the match of the night to set tongue’s wag­ging.

Team­mate Cooper Ir­win lost the first sin­gles to Ba­jada, but came back strongly, com­bin­ing well with Lane to take out the vi­tal dou­bles, 21-18, 19-21, 21-17 for a grand fi­nal spot.

In the other semi-fi­nal, Rosel­las had to fight hard to hold off a de­ter­mined Plovers out­fit, fi­nally pre­vail­ing for an out­stand­ing 3-2 vic­tory.

Adrian Squires and Michelle Feldt­mann started slowly, with Squires drop­ping the first sin­gles to the ex­plo­sive Mick Kelly be­fore set­tling to win the sec­ond.

Michelle Feldt­mann then stepped up, play­ing her usual hard hit­ting game to win a sin­gles in style.

She then teamed with Squires for a com­fort­able straight-sets dou­bles vic­tory to edge Rosel­las into the grand fi­nal.

Star per­former in the match was Mick Kelly, who was in top form to win both sin­gles in con­vinc­ing man­ner. He had played im­pres­sively dur­ing the sea­son and kept the pres­sure on to the end.

B-grade

Top-team Num­bats were in great form, play­ing with con­fi­dence to win their semi-fi­nal 3-1 against Red­backs in a high-stan­dard af­fair.

Carol Perry got the team off to a good start with an easy sin­gles win over Pauline Hooper in the open­ing clash.

Af­ter drop­ping the first sin­gles in a closely fought three set­ter.

Si­enna Ir­win then teamed up with Perry, play­ing strongly to win the im­por­tant dou­bles in three close sets.

It was then that Ir­win pro­duced her best ta­ble ten­nis for the sea­son.

The tal­ented ju­nior fought back af­ter drop­ping the first game to the ex­pe­ri­enced Pauline Hooper.

She showed great de­ter­mi­na­tion un­der ex­treme pres­sure, turn­ing the match around to win the next two games for a de­ci­sive 17-21, 21-17, 21-15 vic­tory to take Num­bats to the grand fi­nal.

John Spencer won the only sin­gles for Red­backs, but had to work hard to over­come the in-form Ir­win, while Hooper was well be­low her best.

In an­other ju­nior tri­umph, Coby Linke led Mozzies to an out­stand­ing 3-1 vic­tory over Frogs in a tough con­test. He played bril­liantly to win both sin­gles in style. Un­de­terred by fi­nals pres­sure, he went about his task full of con­fi­dence to put his team into a win­ning po­si­tion.

He had strong sup­port from Chris Lee who com­bined well with Linke to seal the match with a straight sets dou­bles vic­tory.

C-grade

Tal­ented ju­nior Jack­son Squires pro­duced an amaz­ing per­for­mance to take Crick­ets to a solid 3-1 vic­tory over the more fan­cied Mag­pies.

He played ex­tremely well un­der pres­sure to win both sin­gles in a mem­o­rable ef­fort.

He was strongly sup­ported by Ann De­gan who played at her best to win a sin­gles in a stylish dis­play. Mag­pies’ He­len Sharp and An­drea Cath­cart tried hard, but could only man­age to win the dou­bles, fail­ing to pro­duce the good form that was ev­i­dent dur­ing the sea­son.

Hawks had a close en­counter with Koalas, with the match go­ing down to the wire.

Kerry Yang was in fine touch win­ning both sin­gles in an em­phatic dis­play.

But the win nearly slipped away from their grasp in the tight three set dou­bles match up, with both teams trad­ing point for point.

Hawks fi­nally edged out Koalas, with Yang and Jenny Sawyer team­ing well to take the match and a fi­nals spot, 23-21, 12-21, 21-18 in a tough clash.

Kerry Yang was awarded star of the match for her out­stand­ing per­for­mance.

Rae Spencer and Geral­dine Moloney were sen­sa­tional, win­ning a sin­gles each, but need­ing the cru­cial dou­bles to change the re­sult.

Grand fi­nals draw:

A-grade: Pos­sums v Rosel­las. B-grade: Num­bats v Mozzies. C-grade: Hawks v Crick­ets.

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