Vic­to­ries large and small in night ten­nis com­pe­ti­tion

Mansfield Courier - - SPORT - By DAVID MIMS

MAR­GINS r a n g i n g f r om t wo t o 27 games punc­tu­ated a busy week of Mans­field night ten­nis, with Wed­nes­day in par­tic­u­lar pro­vid­ing some thrillers. MONDAY: Tim­ber­top and Howqua pro­vided a close match as the mother and son com­bi­na­tions of Kate and Max Les with Ge­orgie Co­nan and Ol­lie MacDon­ald took on Kirsty Wil­liams, Cassie Daykin, Kim Mars­den and Jor­dan Ser­vice.

Af­ter four sets, Howqua led by two games, and af­ter a big 6-1 fifth set win to Daykin and Ser­vice, it was game over for Tim­ber­top as Howqua ran out win­ners by six games.

The grad­u­ally im­prov­ing Saw­pit bat­tled hard to come close in a cou­ple of sets, but could not hold the Kelly gang in check in the other match.

Scores: Howqua 3/29 de­feated Tim­ber­top 3/23; Kelly 6/36 de­feated Saw­pit 0/16. TUES­DAY: Tues­day usu­ally throws up at least one re­ally close game, but all three win­ners last week had rel­a­tively easy pas­sages de­spite a few tie-break­ers.

Rafter ver­sus He­witt did pro­duce two tie-break­ers, but the pow­er­ful pair­ings of Guy Tay­lor, Jim Reid, Mark Poole and new mem­ber Ja­son Peck were just too good, win­ning by eight games.

The open­ing three sets of the Cash against Hop­man match threw up three tie-break­ers, but a fi­nal set 6-0 to Cash con­firmed their su­pe­ri­or­ity.

Scores: Rafter 4/32 de­feated He­witt 2/24; Cash 5/ 35 de­feated Hop­man 1/23; Court 6/36 de­feated Rose­wall 0/9. WED­NES­DAY: Three of Wed­nes­day’s matches were de­cided by six games or less, and ev­ery­where you turned, games were tight.

INXS and Sher­bert pro­vided stark con­trasts in the open­ing four sets.

Si­mon Young, Bren­dan Grant, David Mims and Dou­glas Gal­braith opened up with a pair of 6-2 wins, then lost the next two by the same mar­gins to Max and Ste­wart Good­ings, Tim Vardy and Ian Keys.

T h u s , wi t h s c o r e s locked, it was down to the fi­nal two sets to de­cide the match.

For Vardy and Max Good­ings, the fifth set was a case of ‘What You Need’ as they tore apart Mims and Young 6-0, and de­spite Gal­braith and Grant tak­ing the last 6-2, there was no turn­ing back, with INXS win­ning by four games.

Mid­night Oil avoided Dragon’s flame to win another close one by three games, while AC/DC over­came Aztecs, and Men at Work left Sky­hooks hang­ing with a 14 game win.

Scores: INXS 3/24 de­feated Sher­bert 3/22; Mid­night Oil 4/ 30 de­feated Dragon 2/27; AC/DC 4/30 de­feated Aztecs 4/24; Men at Work 5/34 de­feated Sky­hooks 1/20

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