Out on court again - shortlived
MANSFIELD Red played Benalla in midweek tennis on the Mansfield courts last week with both teams eager for a win and happy to be out on the court.
Mansfield had fill-ins in Di Ellis and Susie Treacy who started their day well with an 8-6 win over Benalla’s Maureen Jewell and Claire Sharp.
On the other court and between a rain shower Loretta Armitage and Carolyn Murray won another tight match 8-6 over Wendy Maxwell and Deb Siggers.
Benalla turned the tables in the next two sets winning 8-6 and 8-7 so the match was in the balance going into the last two sets.
All day the tennis had been long rallies finished with outstanding volleys. Aces were powered down and all the players were tiring, keen for their afternoon tea.
Final sets went one to Benalla 8-4, and one to Mansfield 8-5, finishing in a 3 sets all, and 41 games all draw. Â
A great day of tennis and friendship.
Mansfield Blue took the road trip to Terip to play against the top side with their strongest team in: Cindy Hayes, Frances Lawrence, Bec Lyttle and Phoebe McDermid.
Blue would need to temper their expectations and aim for games rather than sets.
Pairs Jill Breadon and Clare Beecham, and fill in Rhonda Carpenter with Sophie Yencken, all secured two games in their opening round.
Yencken saw the ball superbly and returned strongly all day.
She managed another four games in each of her remaining sets with Breadon and Beecham.
Everyone enjoyed the lengthy rallies, clean hitting, and the opportunity to get back out onto the court in the disrupted season. Terip won 6/48 to Blue 0/14. Moglonemby took on Euroa and Deb Seach and Judy Sands began with an 8-4 victory over Euroa’s Sue Vaughan and Lyndall Bigland.
Julie Harrington and Mary Dewis balanced the ledger with an 8-3 win over Robyn Johnston and Lyn Johnson.
Sands and Johnson were unlucky to lose a tiebreak against Bigland and Dewis and every other set went Euroa’s way.
Euroa won 5/44 to Moglonemby 1/26.
The match set for this past Monday was to be Black hosting Benalla, Red hosting Moglonemby and Terip hosting Euroa for the penultimate round.
Blue would have had the bye all were postponed due to the latest lockdown.