The Border Watch : February 13th 2014
24 TENNIS Van den Hurk and Sealey champions Clinch singles titles TIM DRIVER REIDY Park champion and Mount Gambier recruit, Andrew Van den Hurk and West Gambier leading women’s player, Joanne Sealey have taken out the top honours, being crowned the Mount Gambier and Districts Tennis Association open singles champions respectively. Both players held off worthy adversar- ies that included players from A1 and A2 looking to test themselves against the best. Van den Hurk began the day on a high note playing with Uniting Church top man Stephen Tomkins in the Open Doubles to take out that tournament. In an upset the Reidy/West combination of Sharon Edwards and Tess Megaw held out A1 pairing from West, Alice Suva and Joanne Sealey to win the A1/ A2 Women’s Doubles title. A hot day of 39 degrees was forecast for Saturday and had organisers cancel the Mixed Doubles tournament to be rescheduled to a later date. By the time the announcement was made and players were relieved not to be slogging it out in the heat, the temperature had dropped and the Port MacDonnell breeze swept over the courts, forcing players to alter their game plans, making for pleasant but somewhat difficult conditions. Slice shots, drop shots and lobs were the flavour of the day as players from both ends worked the ball through the wind. Many matches had numerous games go to multiple deuces and unforced errors saw many of the matches ebb and flow as players battled their opponent and the swirling breeze. More than 80 players registered for both the doubles and singles event that saw Olympic Park teeming with players, supporters and organisers. Major sponsor, O.G. Roberts and KIA put on a fine display, relishing the opportunity to show off their wares and sponsorship. Commendations went to the Suttontown Tennis Club for its organisation and running of the event. In the A2/A3 men’s competition there were 16 players vying for the top spot. Due to this, organisers had to run an Australian Open style knockout format, with the first round losers going on to play for a consolation trophy. All other events had a round robin draw with the players winning the most sets declared the winners. All courts were occupied and there were plenty of spectators enjoying a great display of tennis. In a day that would please the association executive and organisers with the level of interest has them talking confidently of things to come and that maybe tennis has turned the corner and a resurgence is on the cards. There was certainly some positive talk among the players and organisers about the future of tennis in the South East and in Mount Gambier especially. Results Men’s singles Open: Andrew Van den Hurk (Mount Gambier) 1st; Ross Bushell (West Gambier) 2nd. A2/A3: Sam Dunn (Reidy Park) 1st; Robert Attiwill (Mount Gambier) 2nd. A2/A3 Consolation Plate: Damian Aston (Reidy Park) 1st; Ethan Schultz (West Gambier) 2nd. B1/B2: Sam Williams (Reidy Park) 1st; Ky Edwards and Graham Edwards (Reidy Park) equal 2nd. Women’s singles Open: Joanne Sealey (West Gambier) 1st; Alice Suva (West Gambier) 2nd. A2/A3: Tess Megaw (West Gambier) 1st; Lacey Burston (Mount Gambier) 2nd. B1/B2: Bailey Young (Reidy Park) 1st; Debbie Anderson (Mil Lel) 2nd. Men’s doubles Open: Andrew Van den Hurk (Mount Gambier) & Stephen Tomkins (Uniting Church). A1/A2: Denis Mathews & David Tomkins (Uniting Church). A3: Jessie Henderson & Patrick Mitchell (Glencoe). B1/B2: Ky Edwards & Graham Edwards (Reidy Park). Women’s doubles A1/A2: Sharon Edwards (Reidy Park) & Tess Megaw (West Gambier). A3: Bridgett McKinnon & Georgia Ferguson (Mount Gambier). B1/B2: Trudy Anne Doyle & Stephanie Beck (Suttontown). Baker and Ey Shield THERE are still some vacancies for players to fill spots for the road trip to Lucindale on February 23 for the annual Baker and Ey Shield tournament. A bus and a KIA Carnival supplied by OGR and KIA will be able to take players to and from the event. This a great social and tournament style event played on the grass courts of the Lucindale Tennis Club similar to that seen at Wimbledon. Players interested in playing can contact Andrew Van den Hurk on 0407-714-653. Round 14 preview Mount Gambier v West Gambier THE blockbuster is back. Mount Gambier is on the rampage and will be looking to restamp its authority on the A1 competition against West Gambier. As the weeks dwindle towards the finals this will be a momentous battle for supremacy. This will be the final time these two great clubs go head to head before they meet in the opening final to determine who gets a grand final berth. Only a couple more opportunities arise for them to tone their games before the real stuff starts in March. Selection: Mount Gambier to bounce back at home and take the match by a couple of games. Glencoe v Uniting Church THIS also is going to be close. Both clubs have been the big improvers this season with Glencoe and Uniting both scoring upset wins against the ladder leader in Mount Gambier. With some players deciding to not play in the tournament and rest this could be the one worth making the trek out to Glencoe to watch. Uniting must be enjoying seeing young brothers Stephen and David Tomkins strut their stuff recently and have given them a real chance to upset the top two. Glencoe too are on the improve and will be trying to settle before the finals. Selection: Glencoe at home – just, with Uniting Church going down to the wire in a very close match. 24 - The Border Watch, Thursday, February 13, 2014 MEN’S OPEN CHAMPION: Newly crowned Mount Gambier and District Tennis Association singles champion, Andrew Van den Hurk. VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au WOMEN’S OPEN CHAMPION: West Gambier’s Joanne Sealey won the Mount Gambier and District Tennis Association singles championionship.
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