Blood, sweat and tears on the ten­nis court

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

IT was a per­fect night for ten­nis on Tues­day when 10 teams, as usual, hit the ten­nis courts.

Many tie break­ers were played through­out the night.

With the ex­cep­tion of only one match all the oth­ers were split by a min­i­mum dif­fer­ence of two games.

Tues­day night has be­come quite tight.

Photo of the week was an in­jured, and ob­vi­ously lucky, Chris Kerr of team Kerrs, who was on the re­ceiv­ing end of an un­in­ten­tional smash into the high cheek bone by a very re­morse­ful Earl Ree-Good­ings of team Rowes.

After win­ning the first set with fill in part­ner Jaden Findlay, against Earl and Dion Theo­dossi, Chris had no idea what was head­ing his way when part way through his se­cond set with then part­ner Loretta Ar­mitage against Earl and Keira McDon­agh, the ball struck.

Blood rule en­tailed as Chris left the court to patch up his face and re­turn to play as the brave war­rior he is.

All agreed he would have a real shiner in the morn­ing.

The fi­nal set with part­ner Ja­son

Peck, against Earl and Mark Poole, was a tight tus­sle with Chris and Ja­son go­ing down in a tie break.

With two tie breaks go­ing to team Rowes, team Rowe took the ma­jor points for the round.

A three set all draw be­tween McDer­motts and Atkin­sons saw McDer­motts take the ma­jor points by two games.

De­spite Michael Atkin­son, An­drew Clark, Paul Bell and Jess McDow­ell tak­ing two of the three tie break­ers, Greg McDer­mott, Glenn Fox, Ash­ley Day and Kathy Brink­ley were able to pip them at the post with a 6-4 and 6-3 win.

Tie breaker score of the night went to the match be­tween An­drew Downey and fill in Fiona Bolitho of team Downey against team Robert­sons, Dan Robert­son and Keith Munro with a 1210 score­line go­ing team Robert­sons way.

Mean­while fel­low team mem­bers Max Ree-Good­ings and Jodie Konig of team Downey were bat­tling away against Alas­tair Crock­ett and Deb Mims of team Robert­sons.

With Alas­tair and Deb tak­ing off to a fly­ing start and a 5-2 lead, Max and Jodie found their mojo while Al and Deb’s went awol and found them­selves los­ing a tie breaker.

A third tie breaker went team Robert­sons’ way and with a cou­ple of strong fin­ishes, team Robert­sons took the win for the night.

It was an un­usual score line for team Mil­lards ver­sus team Tay­lors.

They too had a cou­ple of tie break­ers with Guy Tay­lor and Jemma Black­all of team Tay­lors tak­ing the first one against team Mil­lards’ Alan Mil­lard and Kathryn Mur­ray.

Last match of the night for th­ese two teams was also a tie breaker with Kathryn and Bill Jones of team Mil­lards go­ing down to Jemma and David Al­dous of team Tay­lors.

In be­tween, fill in Joel Olver teamed with David against Michelle Pig­don and Bill which found the set go­ing Michelle and Bill’s way and later Michelle and Kathryn also win­ning their set against Joel and Jemma.

With the other two sets go­ing team Tay­lors’ way it gave team Tay­lors the four sets but the game score was 29 each.

The fi­nal pair­ings of team Wests against team Thom­sons was one sided with team Wests too strong.

With work ac­tiv­i­ties and ill health draw­ing play­ers away from the courts fill-ins were found from far and wide for every match on Wed­nes­day night.

The bye team Os­car found them­selves dou­ble booked and fill-ins even re­placed fill-ins for play to pro­ceed.

Char­lie wel­comed Rob Wil­liams into their team for their match against Al­pha.

An­drew Crock­ett and Carol Watts took Al­pha’s only set against Char­lie’s Aaron Mad­sen and Jor­dan Ser­vice while He­len Crock­ett and Cathy John­ston were un­lucky to lose their tie break against Rob and Ge­orgie Agathos in the fi­nal set.

Char­lie won 5-1, 32-22.

The match be­tween Vic­tor and Bravo could have gone ei­ther way with fill-ins Ben and Max Les pit­ted against each other in the num­ber one spot.

Bat­tle for brag­ging rights went to the el­der brother who was sup­ported by his ex­pe­ri­enced team mates Mar­i­lyn Had­dow, Phil Jensen and Belinda Cipa.

Belinda and Mar­i­lyn took their tie break set against Dustin Ersvaer-Gotje and Kate Les.

Vic­tor won 4-2, 30-25.

The match of the night was the dance con­test be­tween Fox­trot and Tango.

A very last minute call up for An­drew Downey, with Ty­nan Mims also kindly fill­ing in, en­abled Tango to avoid the for­feit.

The pair com­bined su­perbly to take their set to­gether 6-2.

Sarah Walker won her three sets for Fox­trot with part­ners An­drew Hill, Aoidh Doyle and Jaden Findlay.

Both fi­nal sets were tiebreak­ers with the out­come of the match rid­ing on the last.

Tango’s Kim­ber­ley Mars­den and Ty­nan Mims won that tiebreak 7-3.

Tango’s first win, three sets all, 3026, was not enough to two-step them off the bot­tom of the lad­der.

Zulu wel­comed Cal­lum Bono into their side to play Delta.

He com­bined seam­lessly with Tim Vardy, and Bob and Rhonda Car­pen­ter, win­ning all his sets.

In a lengthy opener with mul­ti­ple deuces Delta’s Rachel Par­son and Matt Boon de­feated the Car­pen­ters 6-2.

Apart from one tie break set be­tween David and Matt against Tim and Bob all the other sets were 6-2 with the con­test be­ing much closer than the score line sug­gested.

Zulu won 5-1, 32-19, their se­cond win of the sea­son.

SKIDS: Paul Allen as he likes it – on the limit, free and fast. PHOTO: Napier Pho­tog­ra­phy

By BRIAN DERMOTT

FRIENDLY RI­VALRY: Delta’s David Mims and Matt Boon shake hands with Zulu’s Tim Vardy and Bob Car­pen­ter after their tough tie break set.

FACE OFF: An­drew Downey and Dan Robert­son face each other in friendly ri­valry and brag­ging rights in their teams’ clash.

SE­RI­OUS: An­drew Downey meant busi­ness on Tues­day night.

OUCH: Chris Kerr took the brunt of a net smash on his face.

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