The Border Watch : March 20th 2014
26 TENNIS Grand final time TIM DRIVER INCLEMENT weather played havoc across the weekend with a number of matches having to be completed on Sunday and some are still, at the time of printing, undecided. They will be played during the week and the grand final teams will not be determined until tonight for some matches. It certainly makes for interesting times. West Gambier is the powerhouse with seven teams playing in the grand finals (including juniors), Mil Lel has a possible five, Mount Gambier has four and Centrals has two. Over half of the clubs in the association have a team playing in the grand final which is a great result for the executive that is working hard to reinvigorate the game and make it more appealing to all ages. A1 KIA Cup Uniting Church 6-66 d Mount Gambier 2-27 FIFTEEN years in the making. Uniting Church has hit its straps at the right end of the season and has made its first grand final appearance in over 15 years after obliterating Mount Gambier in the rain effected preliminary final at Olympic Park. Uniting Church got the early jump and put Mount Gambier on the back foot early in the match to a point where Mount Gambier couldn’t recover. The Blues cause wasn’t helped when an injury to Brock Egan, its most consistent player, forced an early retirement and a forfeit in the doubles. Jodie Carey had to come up from the A2 Green team to fill the void but was no match for Alison Telford. Telford played some great shots that were too good for Carey and got up 9-3. Tim Pietsch levelled the scores by winning over Ian Hopes 9-3. This is where the wheels started to fall off for the Blues. Vanessa Maxwell was dominant in her demolition job on Ashleigh Pietsch and easily accounted for her 9-1. The injury and retirement of Egan then saw Denis Mathews win 3-2. The highlight of the day was with Mount Gambier’s Renae Cameron who won her first game for the season and was overjoyed at getting over a consistent Casey Walker. Unfortunately that was all she wrote for Mount Gambier as the Uniting Church big guns went about making a mess of the rest of the side. Rowan Williamson played brilliant tennis that stunned Eddie Cook. Cook, like a rabbit in the spotlights, had no answer for Williamson and went down 9-0. Unforced errors by Andrew Van Den Hurk gave young gun Stephen Tomkins enough points to win their match comfortably. In one of his best games this year, Tomkins rose to the occasion and had Van Den Hurk off guard enough to force the errors and win 9-1. Due to the forfeiture of Egan that gave another set to Uniting Church, Heidi Heemskerk and Karen Mitchell abandoned their game and conceded defeat to Uniting Church. Mount Gambier have been reel- GRAND FINAL HOPES: Uniting Church’s Ian Hopes will be looking to return to the winners’ circle and help his team take a grand final victory against West Gambier this week. ing since just before Christmas and although it has played well, the other teams in the competition have improved and pushed the Blues back to finish the season in third position. Uniting Church has a real chance against West Gambier. If it can win enough sets in the singles and steal an early doubles match, maybe an upset could be on the cards. A betting man would put his money on West as the women in the team are awesome and are relentless in their singles and doubles combinations. It all leads to a very exciting grand final. A2 – Sportage Shield West Gambier 9-74 d Mount Gambier 5-60 WEST Gambier moves into the grand final after overpowering the Mount Gambier Blue team. Mount Gambier was hoping for an all Mount Gambier final but West had other ideas and now must be a chance to beat the Green team and claim the flag. The day started well enough for the Blues as Jason Seidel hit his straps and made a meal of Ethan Brown. Angela Beer then stepped up and also put a win on the board for Mount Gambier with a dominant display over Ebony Ballintyne. Andrew Pitson also had Mount Gambier up and about by easily defeating young Lachlan Charlton. West’s Brooke Winterfield steadied the ship and put a win on the 26 - The Border Watch, Thursday, March 20, 2014 EYE ON THE PRIZE: West Gambier’s Joanne Sealey will need to be on the ball when her team faces Uniting Church in the grand final this week. board for her team by getting up 6-2 over Leanne Mullan and wins to Mark Stutley over Robert Attiwill and Kylie Wright over Melissa Attiwill had West back level with Gambier. At the conclusion of the number one sets which saw West’s Sharon Edwards overpower Chelsea McKinnon and Mount Gambier’s Craig Nisbet win over Jamie Higgins had the scores level on sets with Mount Gambier only four games ahead. Straight set wins in the women’s doubles put West ahead by four sets and 13 games and in a very commanding position. The bottom men’s doubles match had the first set go to West, the second to Mount Gambier and then half way through the super tiebreaker the scores were counted and Mount Gambier conceded the defeat. A3 – Sorento Shield TARPEENA were shell shocked as Mount Gambier stormed into the grand final to play Mount Schank. In a match that went over two days due to rain delays and the slippery Olympic Park courts, Mount Gambier quickly got the upper hand and by the time the defining Saturday rain set in and forced everyone to return on Sunday the Blues were up seven sets to two. Even on Sunday the players had to dodge the showers and wait for the court to dry to try and get a result. Three more sets were finally played with Mount Gambier picking up the two more required to seal the win. Mount Gambier is starting to play some great tennis and must see itself as a chance over the impres- B1 Saints United/Reidy Park d Mount Gambier THE combined side was way too strong and the Mount Gambier team was blown away in a powerhouse performance from Saints United/ Reidy. It was always going to be difficult right from the outset as the Saints/ Reidy team jumped to an early lead and although Mount Gambier managed to get one back by the halfway mark it was not looking good for the Blues. The Saints United/Reidy booked a grand final berth with an 11 sets to one victory. It is an all Reidy Park grand final which must please club stalwarts as they have been working hard to reinvigorate their club that has been decimated by departures. B2 Uniting Church v Mil Lel Green AGAIN the weather was the winner with this match that was unable to be completed over the weekend. At the time of printing both teams are returning to Olympic Park tonight (Thursday) to complete the match. The match stands with Uniting Church five sets to four up. The winner will meet the other Mil Lel team in the grand final. Women’s Doubles THERE were a number of matches uncompleted due to the weather and will be determined during the week. There is no grand final in women’s doubles and the pennant is rewarded to the best team over the course of the season. Final venues will be provided during the week as they come to hand. Grand finals ALL players and clubs are advised that presentation of all shields and flags will be at the Olympic Park clubrooms after the matches commencing at 7pm sharp. Last year’s premiership clubs that have shields are required to return them to the association before the presentations. Juniors: A girls: Glencoe v Mount Gambier. A boys: Mil Lel/ Uniting Church v Reidy Park Royal. B girls: West Gambier v Suttontown. B boys: Centrals v Reidy Park. C girls: Saints United v Moorak. C boys: Mil Lel v West Gambier. D girls: Mil Lel v Mt Schank Blue. D boys: West Gambier v Centrals. E girls: Glencoe v West Gambier. E girls: Mount Gambier v West Gambier. F grades: to be confirmed. Seniors finals venues A1: West Gambier v Uniting Church (Olympic Park courts 4-6). A2: Mount Gambier Green v West Gambier (Olympic Park courts 1-3). A3: Mount Schank v Mount Gambier (Olympic Park courts 7-9). VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au And then there were two sive Mount Schank team. Again another great grand final is on the cards and could go either way depending on the weather and the mindset of each player.
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