Blood, sweat and tears on the tennis court
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.