After a long pre-season the men’s competition commenced last Tuesday. With a transition to online registration there can be no arguments about the results as they are viewable by everyone.
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With Yarrawonga College P-12 holding their graduation evening, there were a heap of fill-ins. Thanks to those players that helped out.
The match of the night was Warner against Stoinis. With four tiebreakers the rubber was finished in darkness with the match tied 3 sets all, 36 games each. Fill-in Maurie Tyrell was in great touch winning all of his sets.
Head overcame Zampa 4 sets to 2 after a tight contest. President Daryl Bennett was the star of the show being undefeated for the night.
Starc had a strong win against his new ball counterpart Hazelwood winning 5 sets to 1. Starc’s best were John Brunner and Dave Porter who never looked like losing any of their matches.
Labuschange and Cummins had some really good matches before Labuschange took the night, 4 sets to 2. Rob Evers has been hitting regularly and was rewarded with 3 sets.
The mecurial Maxwell rounded out the night with a 5 sets to 1 win over Inglis. Returning player Dave Crossley and regular Fred Exton were very solid all night to win all their matches.
The ladder after round 1 is Maxwell 7, Starc 7, Head 6, Labuschange 6, Warner 4, Stoinis 4, Marsh 4, Cummins 2, Zampa 2, Hazelwood 1, Inglis 1.
Thursday ladies tennis
Blustery conditions greeted the ladies for the Thursday night competition. This meant rallies were challenging but with great skill, the players battled on.
Foord was totally dominant against Kennedy. Amy Lairson, Danielle Lawrence, Sophie Hanna and fill in Thomas Lawrence were clinical with their play to win all 6 of their sets.
Carpenter also emulated Foord’s performance with a strong 6 sets to 0 win over Vine.
Sandra Heaney, Chris Hawkins, Janelle Hartwig and Mahlee Hartwig were ruthless. It is great to see Janelle and Mahlee joining our competition as they travel from Wangaratta each week.
Kerr had a 5 sets to 1 win over Fowler. Loz Wallace and Emma Thompson led the way for Kerr and they were both undefeated.
The match of the night was Catley against Raso. Every match went the distance and at the conclusion of the night each team had won 3 sets and Raso were victorious by 3 games. Young gun Lara Angwin was the best on court winning all of her sets.
The ladder after Round 2 is Carpenter 20, Foord 18, Kerr 14, Arnold 14, Kennedy 9, Raso 8, Catley 4, Vine 2, Fowler 1.
Round 6 of Wilby Tennis produced some very close matches and a lot of enjoyment for all players.
The battle of the Boosey has been the talking point of Tungamah for months. Tungamah’s finest tennis players put on a clinic in front of a massive crowd. Tungamah Green took the early lead with a 5 sets to 1 win with Pat Mansfield and Harry Wren undefeated.
The ladies was a magnificent tussle with the sets split 3 all and Tungamah Gold up by 4 games.
Going into the mixed it appeared Tungamah Green was home with a 10 game lead but Tungamah Gold produced an amazing performance to win all 4 sets. This meant at the end of the night Gold had won by 3 games in one of the biggest comebacks in Tungamah sporting history. Gold with the points 6 to 2.
Burramine hosted Savernake at the Yarrawonga courts in the first of two matches there on Friday night. The men had a fantastic battle with the sets shared before Savernake snuck home by 2 games. None of the men won 3 sets indicating how even it was.
The Burramine side continued their good form in the ladies to claim all 6 sets with youngsters Tess Bassett, Olivia Lewis and Ella Lewis following the lead of Kirsty Skene. The mixed was very close with 2 sets apiece and Burramine home by 2 games. Overall the Burramine home and claiming 6 points to Savernake’s 2.
In the second match on the grass Telford played Mulwala Maroon. The men had a great battle with Warrick Cox playing well for Telford. At the end of their sets Andrew Banks and Rocky Leith confirmed a tie with 3 sets all and 26 games all.
Telford’s ladies were in menacing form with Win Win Htwe, Paula Mifka, Chris Hawkins and Laura Nunn all triumphant in each of their matches. The mixed was won by Telford 3 sets to 1 for them to win the night 7 points to 1.
Mulwala Gold took on Wilby at Lonsdale Reserve. Mulwala’s men played well to win 4 sets to 2 on the back of Joe Linehan who was in great touch being undefeated. The result in the ladies was mirrored with Wilby taking the 4 sets with Helen White the star to win 3 sets.
Going into the mixed it was all square on games, but Wilby won 3 sets to 1 and overall by 2 games which was the margin overall at the end of the night. A sensational night with Wilby taking the points 6 to 2.
After round 5 the ladder is Telford 36, Tungamah Gold 30, Savernake 29, Wilby 29, Burramine 27, Tungamah Green 20, Mulwala Maroon 13, Mulwala Gold 8.
Saturday morning tennis
On Saturday, Premier League continued for 48 of the strongest players. There are four teams 6 boys and 6 girls in each team. Over the three week period, each team will play each other.
The winner of each rubber will be determined by the team that wins the most sets. On the weekend each player completed a doubles, a mixed and a singles set.
In the first rubber there were some very close sets with many lasting a very long time. At the end, emulating their September glory, the Pies were a little strong for the Bombers winning 14 sets to 10. Three sets winners for the morning were Jack Carmichael, Theo Vodusek and Ava Cox all who represented the Pies.
The second match was sensational with the Tigers and the Blue sharing the sets 12 each after two hours of intense tennis. A calculator was needed to work out the winners and the Tigers just snuck ahead 91 games to 81.
Tom Conway and Kiera Buerckner were best on court for the victors and Olivia Lewis was Tigers star. Each won all of their matches.
After round 2 the ladder is Pies 38, Blues 28, Tigers 24 and Bombers 18. Six points are awarded for the overall win and a point per set won. This week the Pies will play the Blues and the Bombers will play the Tigers.
The younger players had some magnificent matches with many very close results. Every single court was being used which creates a great atmosphere. This meant 72 kids played matches which is awesome.
Players were given the option of playing 3 doubles or 2 doubles and a singles. Court winners were Rafa Leary, Ernie Buerckner, Oscar Leary, Poppy Robinson, Eliza Prosser and Danny Ryan.
The Hot Shots and coaching groups continue to develop under the guidance of club coach Greg Duns and his coaching team.
It is great to see the enthusiastic approach every week by every single player. The skill development is rapid, and they really enjoy parental involvement. It was noted that a record number of icy poles were handed out during the morning.
Goulburn Murray Tennis
Numurkah’s Division 1 team hosted top side Shepparton on Saturday. Yarrawonga’s players made up most of the team and it was great to see multi premiership player Grant Chappell having his first hit for the year. Grant quickly brushed of the cobwebs to have a win in the singles and doubles.
Lucy Bassett played well and won her mixed match in a tiebreaker. Stars for Numurkah were Jack Bassett and John Brunner who completed a trifecta of wins on the day to steer Numurkah to an upset win 8 sets to 4.
In Division 2 Numurkah also played Shepparton with Numurkah just going down 6 sets to 5. Tess Bassett played very well to win her singles, mixed and narrowly lose her doubles. Cobram had siblings Hayley Bennett and Fraser Bennett represent them. Both had a couple of wins each and their team was successful.
North East Veterans
On Sunday the North East Veterans circuit held their tournament in Wangaratta. In warm conditions the tennis was too class at one of the best venues on the tour.
Yarrawonga had a strong representation. John Brunner, Daryl Bennett and Ash Wheaton all were winners on the day whilst Ellen Bruce and Noel Thomas were runners up on their card. Well done to all of these stars.
Rock up and play sessions
The YLTC holds social aggregate style tennis at four different times during the week. Each of these events provide the opportunity for new players to come and trial tennis prior to committing to becoming a member.
The main aggregate night is Friday night starting at 6.00. Other times where anyone can simply sign-in on the day are Saturday at 1p.m. for all players, Tuesday morning commencing at 9.30 for the ladies and Wednesday at 1p.m. for the men’s social hit.
There is no compulsion to attend each of these on a weekly basis although once you have tried it once it will be hard to not keep going back.