Race is on for fi­nals places

Mansfield Courier - - SPORT - By DAVID MIMS and PETER GREY

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.

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