Mansfield Courier

Finals time arrives for tennis comps

- By DAVID MIMS and PETER GREY

FINALS time arrives this week for night tennis, and final ladder places won’t be known until the last ball is hit. MONDAY With a bye on Monday, last week was the final round, and the top sides struggled with three losses and a bye among the top four.

Finishing equal top were Wannabees who lost to sixth placed Willbees, but managed to remain on top, just ahead of Canbees.

Both teams at the end of four months of tennis were equal on match points and sets, with Wannabees clinching top by a meagre two games.

Third placed Dollbees forfeited but managed to hold their spot, while Mustbees finished fourth despite losing by one game to the fast finishing Killerbees, and the Maybees fell short of finals by one point.

So next week Wannabees play Mustbees and Canbees play Dollbees in the semi-finals.

Scores: Willbees 5/35 d Wannabees 1/23; Killerbees 3/29 d Mustbees 3/28; Maybees 5/35 d Doobees 1/25; Newbees d Dollbees by forfeit; Canbees had the bye. TUESDAY The standard didn’t live up to the last two weeks mainly due to injuries.

Players were straining everything, with painkiller­s handed out like raspberry lemonade at a kids’ party.

The injury count included backs, calfs, Achillies, arms, groin and not to mention bruising to the old mammary gland, while wardrobe problems too made the night eventful.

Kidston in fifth spot again had a few fill-ins, however, this didn’t affect them at all.

Playing top side Elvins, who went into the last set with a one game advantage, it provided some comfort to their team of Peter Grey, Rohan West, Jim Reid and Kellie Boyd.

Alas Kidston did enough in the last two sets sneaking home by a game giving their team of Cheryl Sargent, Glen Fox, Justin Sargent and Todd Eddy their second win in as many weeks by the same score, and leaving Elvins just half a point ahead in top place.

The other matches were all straightfo­rward with Stoneleigh clawing at Elvins’ heels with a five sets to one win over fourth placed Highett, while Chenery continued their solid form of late to secure third with a similar scoreline over Malcolm.

Kidston will need a miracle this week to pinch fourth place from Highett, while top of the ladder is well and truly up for grabs between Elvins and Stoneleigh.

Scores: Stoneleigh 5/33 d Highett 1/22; Chenery 5/30 d Malcolm 1/20; Kidston 3/24 d Elvins 3/23. WEDNESDAY A similar battle for top looms between Federation and Skyline, with a single point between them after the penultimat­e round, both sides having good wins.

Standard lowered their colors to Grimus, but managed to maintain third place on 57, four points clear of Summit who went long into the night to defeat the nocturnall­y active and troublesom­e Wombat who now sit one point outside the four.

Places three to six are still very much in the balance with some crucial games this week to finalise the ladder.

Scores: Federation 5/34 d Chamois 1/13; Skyline 4/32 d Tyrol 2/20; Grimus 4/29 d Standard 2/23; Summit 4/31 d Wombat 2/19. Wannabees .......................58 Canbees ............................58 Dollbees ............................45 Mustbees...........................41 Maybees ............................40 Willbees .............................39 Newbees ...........................36 Killerbees...........................27 Doobees ............................18 Elvins ..............................64.5 Stoneleigh .........................64 Chenery .............................54 Highett ............................44.5 Kidston ...........................38.5 Malcolm ..........................28.5 Federation .........................65 Skyline ...............................64 Standard............................57 Summit ..............................53 Wombat .............................52 Grimus ...............................48 Tyrol ...................................36 Chamois ............................17

 ?? PHOTO: Peter Hunt ?? CONCENTRAT­ION: Charlie Mitchell has only eyes for the ball on Monday night.
PHOTO: Peter Hunt CONCENTRAT­ION: Charlie Mitchell has only eyes for the ball on Monday night.

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