Cold weather brings hot con­tests in mid­week ten­nis

Mansfield Courier - - Courier Sport - By DEB MIMS AND RHONDA CAR­PEN­TER

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.

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