Cold weather brings hot contests in midweek tennis
WITH a week off due to cup day, Tuesday night players were hoping for the optimum night weather wise.
With that elusive tennis weather, teams took to the courts feeling the cold and later the rain, fortunately the latter towards the end of the night.
Most matches were so close they could have gone either way.
Two matches were three sets all with one game difference.
Team Robertsons was up against team Kerrs, with Max Ree-Goodings and Jaden Findlay kindly filling in to help regulars Chris Kerr and Loretta Armitage.
After a three set all ending Robertsons fell short by one game.
Dan Robertson, Alastair Crockett, Keith Munro and Deb Mims had a few ‘what if’ moments.
Deb felt that maybe the team she was on was testing her when Dan also called a ball that gave the opposition the point.
Much hilarity was had by all and the boys reassured Deb they were all on the same side.
The other three set all match and one game difference was team Wests versus team Rowes.
With captain of team Rowes, Adrian, out for the rest of the season due to a knee injury, Andrew Downey stepped in for the night and led regular team members Mark Poole, Dion Theodossi and Keira McDonagh to a one game win against Rohan West, Peter Hood, Sabastian Blac and Sarah May.
Team Millards and team Atkinsons also joined the ranks of the three sets all, but this time there was a four game difference going team Atkinsons’ way.
Earl Ree-Goodings back from gallivanting around overseas and stepping in for Q of team Thomsons, showed he hadn’t lost his touch and assisted regular players Shane Hutchinson, Rick Maslan and Sophie Yencken to a 4-2 win against team McDermotts consisting of Greg McDermott, Glenn Fox, Jenny Bell and Kathy Brinkley.
Fill in Jenny teamed with Glenn to take a tie breaker set, and then Greg paired up with Glenn to take their set convincingly.
Despite winning only two sets on the night there were only six games the difference.
Team Taylors took their match convincingly over team Odds, 5-1.
Once again we thank the many fill-ins who helped out on the night and for being understanding when juggling you around.
Top sides cemented their ladder supremacy with emphatic wins in wintry weather on Wednesday night.
Oscar, Victor and Alpha convincingly defeated their opponents winning every set.
Oscar’s Max and Kate Les were challenged against Charlie’s Douglas Galbraith and Jordan Service but took the opener 6-4.
Ben Les and Bec Vincent were too strong for Aaron Madsen and Georgie Agathos winning 6-1.
Oscar powered on in the remaining sets, with 36 games to Charlie’s 13.
Victor did not allow Delta into their match winning every set, allowing Delta only nine games.
Fill in Fiona Bolitho strengthened Victor regulars Simon Young, Phil Jensen and Marilyn Haddow to easily overcome their opponents.
Alpha toppled Tango taking every set and 36 games to Tango’s 10.
Nigel and Carol Watts, Andrew Crockett and Cathy Johnstone were all in fine form on the cold night.
Foxtrot and Zulu had fun sharing the sets in their friendly contest full of light hearted sledging banter.
Jaden Findlay and James Fox defeated Tim Vardy and Bob Carpenter 6-1 in the opener but Rhonda Carpenter and Clare Bennetts took their set 6-3 against Sarah Walker and newcomer Aoidh Doyle.
Tim and Clare then beat Jaden and Aoidh in a tie break while in the couple’s clash of the night Sarah and James defeated the Carpenters 6-1.
Tim and Rhonda snuck over the line against Jaden and Sarah 6-4 but James and Aoidh beat Bob and Clare 6-1.
Foxtrot beat Zulu three sets all, 30-22.
Saturday morning was full of sunshine and energy with plenty of families participating in the junior program.
In exciting club news Bec Vincent has joined the MTA committee to fulfil the role of secretary replacing Belinda Cipa.
FAMILY: Pictured are three generations of tennis players (from left) Marilyn Haddow, Karl Hoffrichter and Melanie Haddow with son Leo Hoffrichter enjoy the sun on Saturday.
SUN’S OUT: Families enjoy the fun and run in the sun.
YOUNG AND UP AND COMING: Danny Cahill leads hot shots.