Ten­nis lad­der po­si­tions ce­mented

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

WITH all teams now hav­ing played each other on Wed­nes­day night, lad­der po­si­tions are firm­ing up.

Top side Os­car has pushed ahead with an­other strong win tak­ing five sets against a very de­ter­mined Delta.

David Mims and Vaughan Sem­ler pushed Max and Kate Les to the tie break in the opener but couldn’t find the shots for the cru­cial points.

Al­pha and Fox­trot played two tense tie breaks in their close con­test.

Fox­trot lost both but won enough games on the night to de­feat Al­pha as the sets were shared three-all.

Sarah Walker paired with Aoidh Doyle, James Fox and Jaden Fin­lay won three sets for the vic­tors 6-3, 6-4 and 6-1.

Al­pha’s Nigel and Carol Watts won their tie break to­gether and also when paired with He­len Crock­ett.

Char­lie’s Aaron Mad­sen com­bined su­perbly with Rob Wil­liams in the opener against Tango’s Tim Ross and Julie Al­dous tak­ing the set 6-1.

Tango’s Kim­ber­ley Mars­den and Paul Dun­can an­swered with a 6-3 win against Jor­dan Ser­vice and Ge­orgie Agathos.

In a see-saw­ing bat­tle Tango ul­ti­mately took 4 sets, 28 games to Char­lie’s 2 sets, 20 games for their sec­ond win of the sea­son.

The most ten­nis played all night was in the clash be­tween Bravo and Zulu.

Zulu’s Tim Vardy and Rhonda Car­pen­ter se­cured the tie break opener against Bravo’s Scott and Dustin Ersvaer.

Kate Hood and Bob Car­pen­ter took their tight set 6-4.

While most play­ers had fin­ished and were leav­ing for home Bravo’s boys, Angus Bolitho and Dustin, bat­tled it out against Kate and Rhonda even­tu­ally win­ning a marathon tie break 16-14.

This was only the sec­ond set. Tim and Bob had won their set 6-3 and had to warm up to fin­ish the match.

Zulu had to find their in­ner war­rior to en­dure Bravo’s re­lent­less power and Tim and Kate won their set 6-3 to take the con­test 4 sets to 2, 31 games to 27. Wed­nes­day lad­der:

Os­car 41.5, Victor 38.5, Fox­trot 31.5, Al­pha 29.5, Zulu 28, Bravo 23.5, Char­lie 22.5, Delta 19.5 and Tango 17.5.

Tues­day night ten­nis seems to be get­ting the rough end of the deal weather wise.

On a very chilly night - in late

Novem­ber - play­ers rugged up to swing their rac­quets.

There weren’t any real close matches this round with a few of the reg­u­lars scram­bling for last minute fill-ins for var­i­ous rea­sons.

Jenny Bell of Team Downeys had all the moves of the night and had de­cided she had run out of them when the one worth putting in print was a quick lift of the top af­ter an awe­some shot by team mate Max Ree-Good­ings.

This move must have in­tim­i­dated the op­po­si­tion as Glenn Hood and Ja­son Peck of Team Kerrs lost that set.

Af­ter a week where there were heaps of tie breaks, this week pro­duced only three and if the score­line had gone the other way the end re­sult would not have al­tered which team got the ma­jor points for the night.

Only two rounds left be­fore the Christ­mas break and with Team Wests still on top of the lad­der the other teams are chip­ping away clos­ing the gap.

Watch out Ro­han, Sabas­tian, Peter and Sarah.

Tues­day Lad­der:

Wests 32, Rowes 30, Tay­lors 28, McDer­motts 27.5, Atkin­sons 26, Downeys 25.5, Robert­sons 24.5, Odds 21, Thom­sons 20.5, Kerrs 18.5, Mil­lards 16.

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