Aggregate Round 10 Review
Ramblings from ChewPecka.
The Christmas spirit is truly alive and well as could be seen from some of the hits and misses that were on show from Saturdays matches, none more so than that of section 1.
. The leader of the sleigh was none other than Rudolph himself in Brett Goodwin. To get the nose so bright has been a work in progress, as the cooking sherry was not only used for the Christmas cake but also for medicinal purposes. It was that bright that it blinded all his opponents to come away with a very convincing win of 23 games. In second position and hitting the flat forehand well was Kevin Callahan with 20 games followed closely by the cleanest cut person on the court in Mark Brown with 19 games. Matt Allen cursing what could have been, if only, finished the day with 17 games followed by Frank Harris in fifth with 13 games.
Next up was Section two, which was ably led by another reindeer, being in the form of Maree “Donner” Sullivan, Maree’s cross court glancing volleys past the racquet of some certainly payed dividends as she won the day with a score of 21 games. In second position and climbing back up the rankings was Matt Curran with 20 games followed by Phil Peck with 19 games. Zac Sullivan was hitting his serves with speed to finish in fourth on 16 games followed by Yarrawonga’s Noel Thomas in fifth position.
Who would have thought that a milky from Swanpool could parade around the court like Prancer, but prance he did as Vin Warnock took all apart in section 3 with some backhand drives down the line to win with 24 games. Some noted at days end that he was not prancing like a reindeer but more like a peacock as he took accolades of his game with pride under the oak tree. In second position with a grin from ear to ear was Joe Allen with 19 games from Greg Renner in third position. Andrew Lindner is holding his own in this section as he finished in fourth from Phil Dryden in fifth.
Poor old cupid in the form of Des Steele took out section four. Des had to use all his arrows to cut a way through the snow as he won with 22 games. In second position was Ian Macdonald with 21 games followed by fast finishing Anita “Dancer” Malcom in third with 17 games. Anita had most moves down pat but could not bridge the gap from third to second. Coming in fourth was Jamie Almond on 16 games followed by Mark Gorman.
Graham Gardiner put the hand in the Christmas bag and came out with chocolates as he completed a memorable day with 24 games and a win in section 5. Christian McGauran secured second position with 20 games from using his now renowned fast closing volley shot. Wendy Hall took third position with 19 games from Russel Canning on 16 games who some noted looked more like a Canadian Moose than a reindeer from the north pole. Max McAulliffe turned up to the courts sporting a 4-day growth of a beard, which did not scare too many as he limped off back under the bridge to finish his Troll duties.
In a return to elf duties sporting the traditional colours of lime green with a touch of red where it mattered most, was none other Geoff Allen. Geoff’s attire had everyone looking the other way as he took the win in section 6 with 22 games. In second position and counting the number of near misses to the line call was Alan Busk with 21 games followed by Russel O’Brien on 20 games. Coming in fourth was John Shanley with 17 games followed by Terry Flynn in fifth position.
Peter Curran eclipsed all with some Blitzen shots to win section 7. Peters serve to set up the net player was the difference from others as he won the day with a full complement of 24 games. Picking up some valuable aggregate points was Peter Abalazej as he finished in second position with 21 games followed by Sue Anne-Stuart with 19 games. Geoff Davidson and Tim Dickenson fort out the minor placings with Geoff winning that race by a short half nostril.
For those that are wanting a hit of tennis the following two Saturday’s will be social aggregate, with the season returning to true aggregate competition on Saturday 6th of January. The WLTC wishes all a merry Christmas and happy new year. Look forward to seeing all down gracing the courts again in the 2018 year.
Wangaratta Lawn Tennis Club made a solid appearance at this year's 2016 Country Week tennis in Wodonga. A record five teams represented the club. The A grade team, led by Barry Sullivan, knew they would be outclassed at the top level, however, they performed admirably and won one match against the Tennis Vic team.
The B1 team, led by Frank Harris, won all bar one match to finish on top of the ladder leading into the finals. Pat Flynn was outstanding in his daily representation. The team won its sem-final but was beaten in the grand final by a well performed Albury unit.
The B2 team, led by Vin Warnock and Brett Goodwin, also made it to the grand final. They had every chance to win but folded at the last hurdle.
The purple team, in section C1, did well to make the finals, but were eliminated in the semi-final match.
The rust team, in section C3, missed out on the final four by only four points.