Aggregate Round 19 Review
Ramblings from ChewPecka.
You would not have wanted to be a yachty person on Saturday as the boat would have been bobbing in the bay like a cork with not a breath of wind to speak of and temperatures nudging towards thirty-five degrees. The conditions did not bother the six sections of players who took to the manicured lawn courts of Merriwa Park.
Section One was tight with Matt Allen producing the shots when needed to come away with a 20/10 scoreline to just pip the crafty Mark Brown on games against with a score of 20/13. Vin Warnock backing up from last weeks win took third position with 17 games from Maree Sullivan with 13 games. Lance Crockett could not take a trick on Saturday as at one stage the ball danced across the net, hit the net post and dropped on his side of court. Never fear Lance will be back again next week to take on all comers.
Great to see Ryan Patterson back on the lawn as he completed his first hit for some time and hit he did as he walked away with the glassware with a full complement of 24 games to win section two.. Joe Allen with his swinging left handed serve came in second with 19 games followed by Ian Macdonald with 18 games. In fourth position and giving the knee a solid workout was Bryan Scobie who finished the day with 17 games.
Geoff Davies has finally broken out of the callipers and his lancing forehand was at its best as he secured a win in section three with a game score of 22. Phil Dryden took second position with 21 games followed by his partner in crime in Geoff Renner with 19 games. It was tight for fourth & fifth position as Noel Boyd and Christian McGauren fort it out with Noel edging ahead when it mattered to finish with 18 games.
Wendy Hall seemed to have the ball mesmerised as she continually threaded the needed with some fine volleys to help herself to the china cabinet and win section 4 with 23 games. In second position was Alan Busk with 20 games followed by Anita Malcom with that caressing/slicing forehand that she is known for ended her day in third position with 16 games. In fourth position was John Shanley with 14 games followed by Graham Gardiner in fifth position.
The Old Silver Fox in Pat Flynn came and did what he has done for seems like centuries and that was win section 5 with 24 games. Pat was pushing the frame from one side of the court to the other with his powerful stroke play getting him over the line from in second position Mark Gorman with 20 games. It was a close affair for the remaining positions as Ashley Marsh finished with 19/21 to edge OF Peter Curran with 19/22. Bringing up the rear and striking the ball equally as well was Terry Flynn with 17 games.
Section 6 was the tightest section of tennis for the day and that is exactly how Mick Keogh likes it and he played with his opposition’s minds to bamboozle them with crafty play. Ray Munari and Peter Ablazej were last seen discussing what might have been if only they had ??? finishing in equal second with scores of 22/21. Coming in closely in fourth position was Eric World who finished the day with a solid 19 games.
The WLTC have a plethora of tennis in the coming weeks, firstly with the annual North East Veterans tournament on Sunday 18th. This tournament is for anyone over 35 and if numbers from past years are anything to go by then it should be a ripping day. Play begins at 10.30am with players encouraged to arrive around 10am for meet and greet and registration.
Enter by phoning Mick Keogh on 03 5721 5613, or send email to email@example.com
The tennis does not stop here as Thursday night of the 22nd March the club is starting out the night tennis with a social evening planned for all tennis players, members and non-,members. The evening will start at 6.30 and continue under lights.
Cost is only $10 for members and $15 for non-members as to cover costs. If you have not witnessed the courts being bathed in light down in Merriwa Park then this is something not to be missed. The regular social Thursday morning tennis will be cancelled in favour of playing in the Autumn evening.
All are welcome. Entry and queries on this event should be made through the club website www.wanglawntennis.com.au or directly with Geoff Allen on 0419140251."
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.