Aggregate Roundup, 4-Feb-2017
Ramblings from ChewPecka.
What a day it was for tennis, 33 degrees with a humidity hovering around the 60% mark proved to be costly for some, but not for Kevin Callahan who took section 1 by storm with a full round of 24 games. Kevin’s consistent play over the day, along with his flat forehand and deft lobs confused many, none other than Phil Peck who finished in second with 20/17. Peter Mulrooney was a bit despondent after finishing the day in third with 20/18. The rumblings under the oak tree were all about how he did not gain an increase in rankings after the fine efforts he displayed. In fourth position and warming up well for country week was Barry Sullivan on 16 games followed by John Brunner with 14 games.
The Australia day tournament certainly has assisted Sam Allen with fine tuning his game as he came out on Saturday and completed a memorable win in section 2 against some fierce opponents. Sam’s score of 22/13 edged out Matt Curran on 20 games followed by leaping Leroy Hartwig in 3rd with 18 games. In fourth position and looking the winner of the day after two sets was Brett Goodwin but in the end he could not sustain the effort for the full four sets and ending the day with 17 games. Frank Harris and Vin Warnock fought it out for the minor placing of fifth position with Frank staving off the challenge.
On show court 4 it was Ian Macca Macdonald who produced the play of the day of which occurred during a long rally of some 16 shots. The penultimate point in section 3 was it, as Macca glanced a crisp slicing volley through the legs of Russel Canning which saw the giant curtail back under the bridge in which he came from. Ian’s score of 23 games saw him take the day by two games from Lance Crockett 21 games followed by, in third position the big left hander in Paul Niklaus on 20 games. John Shanley finished in fourth with 19 games and bringing up the rear was the troll in Russel Canning with 15 games.
Greg Renner was back to his best in section 4 with a full round of 24 games to his name. Des Steele hitting the ball well ended in second position with 20 games followed by Peter Curran with 16 games. Maree Sullivan was trying every shot in the book to upset the rhythm of the other players, but ended up in fourth on 15 games.
Section 5 saw some outstanding play by Russel O’Brien as he completely bamboozled all combatants with his graceful backhand down the line shots. At change of ends in the first set of the day his opponents overheard him speaking to himself at change of ends that none of the players would get near him today, in the end he was correct as he won the day with 23 games. Max McAullife was left a dejected man as going into last set needed 8 games to win the day, but all the maths work back in primary school could not help him as it is only a 6 games set. Still he kept trying to come in second position with 22 games followed by Joe Allen on 20 games. It was tight for fourth and fifth with Anita Malcom getting the nod with 17 games from Terry Flynn on 16 games
Nalin Gunawardana certainly came to the courts prepared to tweak a few into the cracks and tweak them he did as he won the day with 23/12. Peter Ablazej and Jenni Oh my gosh Sullivan fought out second position with Peter getting up on games against with 20/14, against 20/16. Geoff Davidson coming in fourth position with 16/16 followed by Eric World with 14 games.
Next Saturdays aggregate will surely be a hotly contested round as many of these players will be warming up for a tilt at the Country Week titles commencing on the Monday the 13th.
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.