Victories large and small in night tennis competition
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