The Border Watch : March 27th 2014
36 TENNIS GRAND FINALS VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au Uniting breaks 15 year Four of the team played in last premiership UNITING Church has taken out this season’s A1 Kia Cup tennis championship with a 7-79 v 5-72 defeat of West Gambier 5-72 at Olympic Park. st Gambier, also last sea- s runner-up, finished this season as minor premier and was the overwhelming favourite to take the title, having had the wood over Uniting throughout the season. This was Uniting Church’s first grand final appearance in 12 years and the club hasn’t tasted A1 premiership success since the 1998-99 season. Four of the team’s members were also part of Uniting’s last A1 premiership, (Karen Mitchell, Ali Telford, Julie Oldfield and Denis Mathews). Men’s singles UNITING’S Ian Hopes defeated West’s Corey Ambrose-Pearce 9-5. Ambrose-Pearce had won the pair’s previous encounter 9-6 but Hopes saved his best match of the season for the grand final, running down every ball and playing consistent tennis throughout the match. Mathews then stepped up for Uniting, defeating defeated Felix Kacirek 9-6. NET PLAY: Uniting’s Karen Mitchell takes station at the net in the women’s doubles grand final. Kacirek had won the pair’s previous three encounters but was unable to compete with Matthews, who played some of the best tennis of his career, at the ripe old age of 63. Rowan Williamson then con- tinued Uniting’s success with a comfortable 9-1 win over Michael Jolley, keeping his undefeated season record in tact. Stephen Tomkins took another strong win for Uniting, defeating Ross Bushell 9-0. Although Tomkins has been the strongest number one player in the competition this season, Bushell won the most recent encounter, 9-7, but Tomkins was looking to avenge his only loss of the season and did not put a foot wrong as he wiped Bushell off the court. Women’s singles ALISON Telford continued Uniting’s solid run, defeating Alice Suva 9-6 but then West’s Jo Sealey turned the tide, defeating Uniting’s Vanessa Maxwell 9-3. Sealey has been the most dominant female player of the season and was out to continue her unbeaten run and was far too strong for Maxwell. The experienced Kirrilli Cornolo continued her strong form for West, defeating a young Casey Walker 9-0 and Wendy Cook added to West’s winning women with a 9-6 victory over Karen Mitchell. Men’s doubles WORKING HARD: West Gambier’s Felix Kacirek suffered a 9-6 loss during the A1 grand final at Olympic Park. 36 - The Border Watch, Thursday, March 27, 2014 THE men’s doubles saw the bottom pairing of West’s Kacirek and Ambrose-Pearce take the points over Uniting’s Mathews and David Tomkins with a comfortable 9-5 result. The West boys came out all guns blazing and got the early upper RETURN: Uniting’s Julie Oldfield returns a backhand ground stroke in the grand final. hand, setting the win up early. Mathews and Tomkins had no answers for the game of Kacirek and Ambrose-Pearce and the win provided West with a real shot at winning the flag. Women’s doubles FOR the women West’s bottom doubles pairing of Sealey and Leanne Ballintyne was too strong for Maxwell and Julie Oldfield, taking the match 9-2. This West pair had not been defeated during the season and kept its unblemished record intact, never giving the Uniting pair a chance to get into the match and as a result levelled the overall set scores at five apiece. West took the lead by just two games with two doubles matches remaining. The top men’s doubles saw Stephen Tomkins and Williamson take the points for Uniting over the duo of Bushell and Jolley. Uniting’s top doubles combination was undefeated heading into the grand final and they showed why, disposing of West’s top pairing with a comfortable 9-2 result, despite some thrilling rallies and fast net exchanges. The women’s top doubles saw a tight game with the Uniting pairing of Mitchell and Walker taking the match 9-7 over Cook and Cornolo. In the match that would decide the grand final result the Uniting girls needed at least five games to ensure a win for their team. Up against the formidable pairing of Cook and Cornolo, Mitchell and Walker played their best doubles of the season, surpassing the target to take the win in a high quality doubles game. A2 Sportage Shield WEST Gambier took line honours, defeating Gambier Green 10-97 to 8-91. Gambier Green had finished top of the ladde, winning the first final to go straight through to the grand-final and had fought its way through two finals to reach the final match of the season. The final was played in great spirit with appreciation of good tennis coming from both sides’ supporters and players and all without umpires.
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