Race is on for finals places
WITH finals looming, places in the top four in each of the tennis night competitions is hotting up, with places two to four up for grabs every night. MONDAY Fourth placed Wannabees took on Newbees who are sitting fifth, only one point separating them.
Newbees took the early running, taking the opening sets 6-5 and 6-4, the closeness indicative of the evenness of both sides.
Cam Shearan, Cindy Mortyn, Tania Beanland and the evergreen Don Swainston bounced back to take the next pair 6-3 and 6-2 to take a handy four game lead, which became unassailable after winning the fifth set 6-4.
Newbees managed to take the last 6-3 but it was the Wannabees who prevailed and moved up to third place.
Canbees maintained their big lead in the competition by beating Dollbees, third placed Mustbees suffered a big defeat at the hands of second placed Willbees, while Maybees, thanks to receiving a forfeit from Doobees, sit sixth, just one game away from fourth.
Scores: Wannabees 3/30 d Newbees 3/27; Canbees 5/32 d Dollbees 1/17; Willbees 5/33 d Mustbees 1/17; Maybees d Doobees (forfeit).
Ladder: Canbees 61, Willbees 48, Wannabees 45, Newbees 43, Mustbees 43, Maybees 42, Doobees 19, Dollbees 7. TUESDAY Great conditions for tennis saw some very even matches, with first playing second, third playing fourth, and fifth playing sixth.
Bottom teams Fellows and Reddies battled it out and split the first four sets with the Fellows having a two game advantage going into the final sets.
Their team of Todd Eddy, Keith Munro, Mark Poole and Paul Konig were determined to finish strongly as wins for their team had been a rare event this season.
Mark and Todd took matters into their own hands and their win over the Murrays was enough for the Fellows to taste victory, virtually ending the Reddies’ slim finals chances.
Top sides Kangaroos and Dingoes also went to three sets and the result came down to the final set between Elly Healy and Kellie Sayers for the Kangaroos, and Arthur Shaw and Loretta Armitage for the Dingoes.
The girls won 6–4 taking it to three sets all and giving the Kangaroos a four game victory.
Meanwhile Karyn Fraser back from Country Week lead her team the Koalas to a four sets to two victory over the Kookaburras, moving them into second place.
Scores: Fellows 3/26 d Reddies 3/24; Kangaroos 3/32 d Dingoes 3/28; Koalas 4/33 d Kookaburras 2/19.
Ladder: Kangaroos 48, Koalas 38, Dingoes 36, Kookaburras 31, Reddies 27, Fellows 14. WEDNESDAY Despite a determined effort to get on court, weather conditions proved too severe, with successive storm fronts bringing lightning, thunder and rain which ended the night half way through the first round of sets.
Ladder: Tradies 66, Chalkies 43, Rangers 41, Sparkies 40, Consultants 38, Bonnie Bars 33, Retailers 33, Allsorts 32, The Bill 17, Ramsbottoms 14.