Close matches and strange numbers in night tennis
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.
IN A SPIN: Delatite under 16 bowlers including Sam Thomson had City Colts batsmen in a spin at Lords Oval on Saturday.
I’VE GOT THIS: Lachlan Millen stretches for this backhand in Tuesday night’s tennis last week.