Close matches and strange num­bers in night ten­nis

Mansfield Courier - - SPORT - By DAVID MIMS

MON­DAY: Dom­i­nant p e r f o r mances f r o m Stringy­bark and Howqua saw those two sides con­sol­i­date their places at the top of the ta­ble.

De­spite this, it was Saw­pit who cel­e­brated early, win­ning their first set for the sea­son in the open­ing game against Stringy­bark.

An­drew Brad­ford and Sarah Wheeler got their team off to a thrilling start, win­ning a tie-breaker, but from then on, the nat­u­ral or­der was re­stored.

Stringy­bark’s Glenn Peck, Gary Breadon, Paul Dun­can and John Sag­gers stead­ied and ran away with the re­main­ing five sets.

Scores: Stringy­bark 5/35 de­feated Saw­pit 1/14; Howqua 5/34 de­feated Kelly 1/14. TUES­DAY: Mar­gins of seven and five games saw three close con­tests.

Best of these was He­witt against Court, and af­ter three sets it was 14 games each.

A de­ci­sive fourth set 6-1 win to Keith Munro and Dion Theo­dossi of He­witt al­lowed that team to skip away to a five game lead, which they held on to as the fi­nal two sets were shared 6-4 apiece.

Other matches saw Rafter de­feat Cash by seven games, as did Laver who de­feated Rose­wall. WED­NES­DAY: Num­bers can some­times tell a strange tale, and this was cer­tainly the case in the in­cred­i­ble bat­tle be­tween Mid­night Oil and AC/DC.

All of the first four sets went to tie-break­ers, and each one of those tie-break­ers was won by the very lucky AC/DC com­bine of Earl Good­ings, Paul Konig, Cam Shearan and Bob Car­pen­ter.

Al­most all t he other t eams had fin­ished their en­tire night, while these two just kept on go­ing.

Af­ter four sets it was 24 to 20 but four sets to zero for AC/DC, and while The Oils fi­nally cracked a win in the sixth set, it was too lit­tle too late.

The Oils’ Al Crock­ett, Joel Olver, Kiera McDon­agh and Phil Jensen would have been burn­ing in their beds all night stew­ing over the score­line, which showed they had won a mas­sive 29 games.

This would have been enough for them to have won ev­ery other match on the night, but alas, not enough to over­come AC/DC who were back in black with 32.

Top of the lad­der Men at Work went un­der by just two games to Sher­bert, while INXS, de­spite los­ing Ste­wart Good­ings to a calf in­jury in the last set, man­aged a two game win over Aztecs.

The fi­nal match saw Dragon over­come Sky­hooks by nine games.

Scores: AC/DC 5/32 de­feated Mid­night Oil 1/29; Sher­bert 3/27 de­feated Men at Work 3/25; INXS 3/24 de­feated Aztecs 3/22; Dragon 4/32 de­feated Sky­hooks 2/23.

PHOTO: David Mims

IN A SPIN: De­latite un­der 16 bowlers in­clud­ing Sam Thom­son had City Colts bats­men in a spin at Lords Oval on Sat­ur­day.

PHOTO: David Mims

I’VE GOT THIS: Lach­lan Millen stretches for this back­hand in Tues­day night’s ten­nis last week.

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