Postel v Sportsmen
Third placed Postel snuck home by the slimmest of margins against the winless Sportsmen in Saturday’s penultimate round of lawn tennis.
With former Postel player Paul Holmes suiting up for Sportsmen, their line-up looked a lot more competitive however it was Postel who forged a two-set lead after the early doubles, helped with a hard fought, 9-7 win by Caitlin Waechter and Kobe Allen.
The top doubles was tightly contested with Sportsmen duo Luke Wilson and David Schulz pulling away late in the set for a 9-6 win.
Sportsmen hit back in the singles as their top six performed well.
Luke Wilson at the helm was too good for Anthony Lapinskas while Jason Schulz, David Schulz, Paul Holmes and Brian Wilsdon all had great wins.
Young Matt Ahrens bounced back into the winners circle with a tough tiebreak victory against Phil Marks while Kailan Challinger was too strong for Ben Gregory.
For Postel, Bob Hancock and Caitlin Waechter both secured 7-5 singles wins while the young trio of Kobe Allen, Connor Watson and lefty Jack Lannan all won well.
With the match all square going into reverse doubles, it was going to be a nail biting finish.
Postel secured three of the first five sets played and with one match still on court, it was mathematically still possible for Sportsmen to still win.
Sportsmen secured the last set in an epic tiebreak to draw even on 12 sets apiece, however they fell one game short with Postel getting the points with 135 games to 134.
Swanport v Schools
Top side Swanport took on the second placed Schools in the other fixture.
The Swannies were without their top two gents but still managed to find some handy replacements.
However, it was Schools who took up the early running winning five of the six opening doubles with Swanport’s only joy coming when Will Crane and Albert Goodridge came back to defeat Kylie Bormann and Tania McFee in a tiebreak.
Schools continued to dominate proceedings in the singles, winning eight of the 12 contested.
Top trio Ash Temby, Jason Bormann and Kym McFee set the tone with good wins with Bormann surviving a tight tiebreak contest against Swanport skipper Richard Crane.
Tony Juergens did likewise against Kelvin Farnham while Tania McFee, Olivia Scholz, Jason Hampel and Tyson Bormann all joined the winner’s list. For Swanport, Mick Godden had a great win over Nathan Bolt, Will Crane survived a hard fought battle against Kylie Bormann while Genna Harkness and Will Leonard captured good wins.
With the points already in, Schools again dominated the reverse doubles section claiming five of the six sets played to cruise to a big 12-set win and still keep their hopes of claiming top spot alive.
West v Postel
It was a battle between the eighth and ninth placed sides in the junior matches played on the lawn courts on the weekend, to see who could keep their chances alive to play in the division two finals.
With both teams missing players, it appeared on paper to be evenly matched. After the doubles, both teams had two sets apiece. West got on top in the singles taking six of the eight on offer.
Dylan Schenscher for West had an entertaining match against fill in player Connor Watson winning, 7-5.
For Postel, fill in player Fenix Coull had a close match with Alex Law winning, 6-4, as did Archie Bell, winning 6-4 against Charlotte Bury.
The most valuable player (MVP) for West was given to Joe Sinclair, and for Postel, Sophie Watts won her teams award.
Swanport v Murraylands
In form team, Swanport started well, winning all of the five doubles, with the closest being Harry Lovell and Alex Mundy scraping in over Murraylands’ Brady Lienert and Roxanna Tyler, 6-5.
Sharing the singles, it was Swanport’s strong result in the doubles that gave them the premiership points.
The closest singles match was between Ally Bormann for Swanport and Lachlan Pearce, with Ally being the victor in a tie break, 7-6.
Ally Bormann received her team’s MVP and for Murraylands, Ben Stewart was the recipient.
Sportsmen v Coorong
Sportsmen, holding top spot took on second placed Coorong.
Sportsmen started well winning all of the five doubles, Ralph Catipay and Brodie Watson for Sportsmen had to fight hard to defeat Jacob Godden and Lachlan Thomas in a tie break, 7-6.
Lilly King and Quintin Short also for Sportsmen had a hard tussle with Cooper Lienert and Rosie Vowles winning, 6-5.
They shared the singles with many scores being 6-5, with Sportsmen winning three of those five.
Sportsmen’s MVP was Patrick Bury and for Coorong, Jacob Godden.
Banks v Schools
The closest match of the day was between Banks and Schools, with Banks one set up after the doubles.
Aidan Morrell and Lachlan Young for Schools had to dig deep to beat Kobe Allen and Billy Maddaford in a tie-break, 7-6. James Hand and Sky McFarlane for Banks also played well to win against Lucus Bald and Taj Rowe, 6-5.
Schools fought back in the singles, taking six of the 10 on offer. Billy Maddaford for Banks was involved in another tie break in his singles, defeating Lachlan Young, 7-6.
Emmanuel Slattery for Schools had a tough match against Zakk Bald, winning 6-5. Schools’ MVP was Taj Rowe, and Skye McFarlane was her team’s winner.