Close encounters on a Monday and Wednesday
A COUPLE of close matches showed all teams are still fighting hard for those elusive finals berths, with only one round left for Monday’s teams and a bye this week.
Willbees’ John Davies, Kylie Millard, Glenn Peck and Andy Setchell were up against a determined Maybees combination of Tony Furner, Catherine Pigdon, Shane Service and Jordan Service.
Two close tie breakers to bookend the night, both going to the Willbees, was basically the difference between the teams, with the middle sets being more one sided, but evenly shared.
Willbees prevailed 27 games to 26, and four sets to two, showing the importance of winning those close tie breakers.
Doobees and Wannabees had an entertaining match up, with the ever crafty and wily Don Swainston keeping the Wannabees in the hunt, bamboozling his opponents with all manner of back, top, side and over spin shots.
However, Doobees managed to weather the storm and take the night by five games, with sets shared at three each.
Top side Canbees recovered from last week’s shock defeat to bounce back and easily account for the Newbees, while Dollbees forfeited to the Mustbees.
SCORES: Willbees 4/27 de- feated Maybees 2/26; Doobees 3/30 defeated Wannabees 3/25; Canbees 6/36 defeated Newbees 0/15; Mustbees defeated Dollbees by forfeit.
Tuesday night was a superb night for tennis and all courts were still in use when the V-Line bus rolled in, suggesting many close matches.
Alas this was not the case with all matches being one sided, suggesting some teams might have found a coach rather than a bus handy to help their game.
The Fellows jumped out of the box with Colin Evans and Keith Munro winning 6-3 and almost took the other which went to a tiebreaker, but Peter Scales and Deb Mims for the Koalas scraped home in that set so it was a set apiece.
The Koalas used the momentum to take the initiative and ran out comfortable winners, taking the remaining four sets.
Meanwhile, on the courts closest to the caravan park some strange smells didn’t stop some great tennis taking place.
The first two sets were both 6-4 with the Kangaroos team of Peter Grey, Mick O’Grady, Elly Healy and Kellie Sayers winning both, setting the pattern for the night.
Andrew and Kathryn Murray for the Reddies fought hard in the last set even managing to win Kathryn’s serve despite Andrew happily letting himself be sidelined on numerous occasions.
The Kookaburras with a few fillins comfortably beat the Dingoes.
SCORES: Koalas 5/33 defeated Fellows 1/21; Kangaroos 6/36 defeated Reddies 0/18; Kookaburras 5/32 defeated Dingoes 1/20.
Top placed Tradies, and finals contenders Sparkies were both given a fright against lower placed teams but managed to pull through.
Rangers were back on song after last week’s poor showing, and took it up to the ladder leaders, with Scott and Andrew Markwick, Scott Edwards and Jemma Blackwell taking two of the first three sets, and holding a one game lead with two to play.
Despite taking the fifth in a tie break, the Tradies’ Anna Manning and Luke Olver hit their straps in the final set 6-1 to grab a three game win.
Sparkies had to work hard to overcome a determined Bonnie Bar team who took the second and third sets after losing the first in a tie-break.
Jolted into action, the Sparkies fired up to sweep away the final three sets to win by seven games.
Chalkies proved too good for Retailers, and Consultants continued their recent good form with a strong win over Allsorts, while The Bill forfeited to Ramsbottoms.
SCORES: Tradies 3/ 28 defeated Rangers 3/25; Sparkies 4/30 defeated Bonnie Bars 2/23; Chalkies 5/34 defeated Retailers 1/15; Consultants 5/35 defeated Allsorts 1/19; Ramsbottoms defeated The Bill by forfeit.