The Border Watch : January 15th 2014
30 TENNIS VITARA URBAN2WD A1 – Kia Cup AS the Australian Open commences in Melbourne after the Hopmann Cup, Brisbane International, Kooyonga Classic, Hobart Open and others fi nish, our own local tennis has also recommenced after the Christmas break Players have returned from Adelaide after successfully competing in the country carnival and doing the association proud with their performance. Friday night saw the A1 KIA Cup played under lights in perfect conditions. The tennis was hot and a great spectacle that had all players, spectators and supporters on the edge of their seats. All the matches would not have been decided or known until the last doubles players walked off the courts and the tally completed. All clubs would have been happy with the result as Mount Gambier and West had one game separating them and only 12 games separate Glencoe and Uniting Church. This all bodes well for the fi nal matches and for the finals series coming in March. Uniting Church 6-81 d Glencoe 6-69 BOTH Uniting Church and Glencoe needed to lift in the second part of the season to start to push the top two sides. Friday night’s certainly lived up to all expectations. Dylan Childs and Bradley Mitchell, buoyed by their performance at the country carnival were quickly brought back to earth by a blistering effort from Stephen Tomkins and open champion winner in Adelaide, Rowan Williamson. Both Glencoe boys could only manage a game each. Denis Mathews was the only man in Uniting’s men’s side to suffer a loss, going down to David Ferguson. Ian Hopes would have been pleased with his result, giving Michael McCrea no chance, defeating him 9-0 and having McCrae’s name enshrined onto the “Love Seat” in the Glencoe Clubrooms. It was looking like another white wash for Glencoe with the top two women standing up and getting wins over their opponents. Karen Mitchell was pushed by Ashlea Edwards and Casey Walker returned to the winners’ circle by defeating a determined Laura Edwards. Both Chloe and Madeline Watson gave their all to secure sets two and three, beating Vanessa Maxwell and Alison Telford. Mitchell and Childs then managed to overcome Tomkins and Mathews 9-7 in the doubles. Another two sets to Glencoe with Ferguson and McCrae over Ian Hopes and Matthew Stark and then the two Watson girls winning over Maxwell and Telford had them in front with the fi nal women’s set to determine the winner. The Edwards girls played well but were no match for Mitchell and Walker and fell just short. Mount Gambier 6-77 d West Gambier 6-76 IF the previous match between Uniting and Glencoe wasn’t close enough, the match between the association’s heavyweights was a thriller. West is out to prove a point and come fi nals time are going to be a real threat to Mount Gambier. Both teams had to reshuffl e their line ups with players being unavailable or having left. $24,990 DRIVE FROM AWAY Don’t Miss Out! VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au HURRY MAC SUZUKI 635975 44 Mount Gambier Road, Millicent Phone 8733 1461 LMVD 45868 Summer of tennis recommences Mount Gambier Blue 11-93 d Reidy Park 7-76 REIDY Park is a determined bunch. Even without their best junior player in Tom Snell they certainly gave Mount Gambier Blue a scare. At the end of the singles it was four sets apiece, both sharing sets in the men’s and women’s. None of the doubles matches were easy with any of them able to go either way. Gambier Blue reshuffl ed their line up in the men, separating Drew Pitson and Craig Nisbet and it nearly didn’t work. Reidy’s men really pushed the Blue boys with the top men going to a deciding set and super tie-breaker. In the women’s it was a similar story but this time in the bottom doubles. Leanne Mullan and Amelia Hancock also had to go to a super tie breaker to decide the match. Up and coming juniors and a return of Snell will certainly strengthen them and hopefully have Reidy Park back on the winners’ list and in the top competition. Glencoe 11-97 d Centrals 7-74 A GREAT result for Glencoe as Centrals would have penciled this one in for a win even though it was played at Glencoe. This would certainly put a dampener on Centrals fi nals aspirations and given Glencoe hope as the two clubs fi ght it out for the fi nal spot in the top four. Only three points separate them on the ladder and each will need to chalk up as many games as they can and even pull off a win against West and the top two Mount teams for a berth. The doubles matches were where the day was decided with a dominant display of tennis by Glencoe to have it secure the win. Both the top men’s and women’s doubles went to a super tie breaker, but in the bottom doubles Glencoe easily accounted for Centrals with wins to the Sam’s (Henschke and Auld) over Scott Hamilton and Hamish Stevens. STRUGGLE: Mount Gambier young gun Lacey Burston struggled to take out a win in both her singles and doubles matches on Saturday. Andrew Van Den Hurk has stepped up to the number one position for the Blues and Tim Pietsch has replaced Paul Griffi n for the remainder of the season. Ross Bushell for West was unavailable and so Michael Jolly had to fi ll his shoes. Eddie Cook and Jonathon Bruhn had to also go up one spot for their teams and played off with Cook just getting over Bruhn. Jamie Higgins came up from the A2 ranks for West and couldn’t settle against the young, dominant Brock Egan. After the men had completed their singles sets Mount Gambier held a handy 4-0 lead. West’s strength is with their women and they were up to the challenge. The match of the night was between the top two women in the association in Wendy Cook and Heidi Heemskerk. In a match that went for over an hour Cook fi nally won the last two games to overcome Heemskerk 9-7. All the other women’s matches went to script with the West girls easily accounting for the Blues women. At the completion of the singles rubbers the score line read four sets apiece with 51 games for West and Mount Gambier two games behind on 49. Mount Gambier men went undefeated [BOTTOMFOLIO][PAGENO] - The Border Watch, [DOW], [MONTH] [DOM], [YEAR] 30 - The Border Watch, Wednesday, January 15, 2014 for the evening, winning both doubles 9-4 and 9-3 to hold the lead. Joanne Sealey and Alice Suva then easily accounted for Helen Kentish and Ashleigh Pietsch 9-3. Before the last women’s doubles and the deciding game, the scores were Mount Gambier six sets 70 games with West on fi ve sets and 69 games. In an outstanding display of top seed women’s doubles, this was a match not to be missed. Every serve, volley and passing shot drew gasps and applause as the game progressed. Kirili Cornollo with Wendy Cook used every shot available to get the win over an improving Renae Cameron and determined Heemskerk to secure the win 9-7. The last game Mount Gambier won was all it needed to secure the win for the day, getting up by the narrowest of margins. A2 – Sportage Shield AS the second best competition winds towards fi nals teams gear themselves up for the warmer weather and strong competition from all the opponents. Reidy are on the improve, Glencoe are starting to make a move and West knocked over a faltering Gambier Green. Abbie Cocks and Katherine Finnis also won easily over Tayla Rutowski and Jo Hamilton. West Gambier 10-82 d Mount Gambier Green 8-76 WEST Gambier in A2 , as in A1 are gearing up for the fi nals assault. A home game on the two show courts against the top side Gambier Green had them all up for the challenge. The Gambier Green team is a talented group that has great camaraderie. Lacey Burston probably had her worst day, losing easily in the singles and doubles matches, as did regular fi ll in Natasha Weatherill. Rebekah Lasslett had an off day, being dispatched by Emma Beames to the delight of Mum Liz and Dad Mark that were witness to the game. Graeme Kentish and Tim Driver were the only singles winners for the men as Lachlan Charlton kept his cool and played his best tennis to get over Scott Colbert. Gambier managed to get a few back in the doubles with the men all winning. Kentish and Gary Jones combined to beat father/son combo Matthew and Lachlan Charlton. Driver and Colbert worked hard to win the last set and hold out Mark Stutley and Ethan Brown in the super tie breaker. But the damage was already done and West girls had stamped their authority to seal the win.
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