Aggregate Round 14 Review
Ramblings from ChewPecka.
The welcome relief of temperatures back into mid to high twenties during the week and then a thirty-degree day with a cool south easterly breeze greeted the players for the Saturday aggregate competition.
Section One took to the court with five players, but this was short lived as Phil Peck sustained a leg injury and had to retire form the competition. This left the remaining players to fight out 3 x 8 game sets. Brendan Liddell appeared to have little reason for concern as he won each of the sets to finish the day with 24 games followed by Doug Smith in second position with 17/17. It was tight for third position as matt Allen and Mark Brown fort to the death knell with Matt edging ahead on games against finishing on 14/20.
Section two was a court of players mixed from Wangaratta & Benalla with the Benalla contingent taking the honours on the day. On honours, it was for Lance Crockett as he sliced the ball to each corner of the court and came away with a glass for his efforts in attaining 24 games. Three players were fighting for 2nd position with the old stager in Vin Warnock from the back of the court to take the points needed and finish second with 18/18 from Joe Allen on 18/19 with the third of the Benalla contingent in Adrian Aldous in 4th position with 18/22. Frank Harris feeling the effects of a long tournament campaign of last weekend bringing up the rear with 15 games.
Court 7 was where the class players of the day were strutting their stuff with none more classier than that of Ian Macdonald(macca) who finished the day with a win in section 3 on a score of 22 games. Macca’s agility to get to the net off the serve is what grass court tennis is all about as his first crisp volley inside the service line set the tone for the day. Winner after winner was acknowledged by his opponents, none more so than both Greg Renner and Mike Falkenberg who finished in 2nd and 3rd respectively. Fourth and fifth position were not far back as both Des Rusty Steele and Christian McGauren finished the day under the oak tree questioning each other on what might have been, if only!
Phil Dryden enjoyed the drive back to Corowa after his win in Section 4. Phil had the left handed swing serve to the backhand working a treat as at numerous times his opponents were left flat footed after another ace went past the racquet head. The aces no doubt played a large part in capturing a glass with 24 games. Good to see Geoff Davies back on the court after some 3 years in the wilderness from an injury. Geoff’s game was strong enough to secure second position with 21 games from the old silver fox in Pat Flynn(19/20 games) who some say has been quietly practising his game to get in readiness for country week. Andrew Lindner, hitting the ball as well as anyone, finished in fourth with 19/23. Anita Malcom was a dejected figure at days end as she had to battle it out for 5th position against the troll of the club in Russel Canning. Russel dragged his huge frame out from under the bridge in the Merriwa Park duck pond and pounced on the unsuspecting few to come in one game clear of Anita to secure bragging rights upon her. Never fear Anita will be back next week to hit that clutch volley for a winner and put the troll back under the bridge.
It was a day for the Benalla players as Wendy hall eclipsed all to take out section 5 with 23 games. Wendys game is designed around flawless tennis and flawless it was as she took her opponents to pieces with the back hand cross courts. Max Mcaulliffe was the closest to challenge of which he finished the day with 22 games to edge out Mark Gorman on 19 games. It was tight for fourth position with Alan Busk coming out ahead on games against with 18/20 from Geoff Allen on 18/21.
Section 6 was a low scoring day with no one in particular grabbing the match by the neck. In the end it was Peter Curran who took the vital points to win the day with 19/12 from Ashley Marsh with 19/16. The remaining 3 players in John Shanley, Terry Flynn and Russel Obrien played some tough tennis with John taking third position with 16 games.
Section 7 was played on court 11 with some stellar rallies being played which was the reason for such a close scoring range in the section. In the washup of the days play the winner was Geoff Davidson with 23/18 followed by the Peter Ablazej with 21/18. Bragging rights were high on the list in the Leveatte-Brown household as David just edged out Anne for third position with 21 games to Annes 20. Coming in fifth position but just missing the vital points when required was Jenni O’Sullivan.
Don’t forget the entries to the aggregate play are needed to be in prior to 12.30 and can be done in a number of ways, either through the club website www.wanglawntennis.com.au via phone (03) 5721 2438, or simply by placing your name on the aggregate sheet in the clubhouse.
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.