Ten­nis re­sumes with close matches first up de­spite heat

Mansfield Courier - - SPORT - By DAVID MIMS

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.

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