Tennis resumes with close matches first up despite heat
NIGHT tennis resumed last week, with weather and fires impacting on Monday night’s matches, while Tuesday and Wednesday went ahead unscathed.
For the third time in four weeks, the Benalla Saturday afternoon competition was cancelled due to the extreme heat over the weekend. MONDAY NIGHT Two of t he four matches went ahead, with the Canbees and Willbees having a terrific contest which remained up for grabs until the final set.
John Davies, Andy Setchell, Glen Peck and Kylie Millard got the Willbees off to a great start, taking the first two sets 6-2, 6-5 to potentially set up a victory.
But the Canbees matched their name with action, taking the next three sets as Liz Scales, Georgie Conan, Kate Les and Nick Williams fired up, and took a five game lead with a set to go.
Setchell and Millard showed great willpower to take the final set 6-3, but it wasn’t enough, ultimately falling two games short.
Maybees had an easy win over the Wannabees, while Dollbees handed Newbees a forfeit due to heat, and Mustbees had to concede to Doobees due to a late call up of members to the fire in the bush at Merrijig.
Scores: Canbees 3/28 d Willbees 3/ 26; Maybees 5/ 32 d Wannabees 1/19; Newbees d Dollbees and Doobees d Mustbees by forfeit. TUESDAY NIGHT The opening four sets of Reddies v Kookaburras was no laughing matter, with both sides sharing two sets each, going neck and neck.
Andrew and Katherine Murray, Phil Newton and Jim Reid of the Reddies were down by a game and looked to grab the lead in the final two sets, but Andrew Clark, Mike Sherwin, Julie Aldous and Kim Armistead held firm, giving the native birds a six game win.
Koalas were out of reach of the Dingoes, winning by 11 games, while the Kangaroos got the jump on the Fellows.
Scores: Kookaburras 4/32 d Reddies 2/26; Koalas 4/31 d Dingoes 2/20; Kangaroos 6/36 d Fellows 0/9. WEDNESDAY NIGHT Two of the competition’s leaders, Tradies and Chalkies, showed why they are near the top, with a ding-dong battle that went down to the wire.
Every set was decided by just one or two games, and as the final set began, scores were dead level.
A 6-4 win to Luke Olver and Phil Jensen saw the Tradies edge ahead and seal the night by a two game margin.
Retailers continued their improved form this season, seeing off a determined challenge from Allsorts to win by a set and two games.
Sparkies, Bonnie Bars and Consultants all had comfortable wins.
Scores: Tradies 3/30 d Chalkies 3/28; Retailers 4/32 d Allsorts 2/ 30; Sparkies 5/ 34 d Rangers 1/20; Bonnie Bar 5/34 d The Bill 1/17; Consultants 6/36 d Ramsbottoms 0/9.