Lutheran Blue wins junior hardcourt premiership

Seniors

Mypolonga v Lutheran Blue

Junior premiers: Lutheran Blue team, back, Leo Mach,  Bradley Zadow, Andrew Ahrens, Sabine Zadow, front, Brayden Denman, Shawn Denman and Liam Joppich. Photo: William Bailey.

Junior premiers: Lutheran Blue team, back, Leo Mach, Bradley Zadow, Andrew Ahrens, Sabine Zadow, front, Brayden Denman, Shawn Denman and Liam Joppich. Photo: William Bailey.

The Lower Murray HardCourt Tennis Association senior grand final was held on Friday night between Mypolonga and Lutheran Blue.

The weather conditions were near perfect, cool and calm.

Senior premiers: Theo Weinmann, Matthew Goldsmith, Helen Redden, Roger Head, Joel Schumacher, Zac Wachtel, Jeanne Weinmann and John Owens.

Senior premiers: Theo Weinmann, Matthew Goldsmith, Helen Redden, Roger Head, Joel Schumacher, Zac Wachtel, Jeanne Weinmann and John Owens.

Mypolonga was aiming for a back to back win.

After some really great rallies in all doubles matches, the scores were all tied away at 2-2 with a one-game advantage to Mypolonga.

Roger Head defeated Andrew Baker after a great battle.

Young gun Matthew Ahrens played next against John Owens and was in fine form.

They had many a long rally but the younger legs won.

Two of the youngest players in Joel Schumacher and Chelsea Hagger had a hard hitting game with Schumacher the victor.

The old veteran Theo Weinmann then faced Andrew Ahrens, who is a fifth the age of Weinmann.

This match was a real battle of strength from Weinmann and speedy legs and top spin from Ahrens.

Weinmann came out on top.

“The old veteran Theo Weinmann then faced Andrew Ahrens, who is a fifth the age of Weinmann. This match was a real battle of strength from Weinmann and speedy legs and top spin from Ahrens. Weinmann came out on top.”

Chantelle Cockshell, after some tight games, out gunned Jeanne Weinmann.

Matthew Goldsmith and Eric Baker had a long, loud hard fought set with Baker the eventual winner.

It was down to the last two sets and scores were level at 5-5.

Helen Redden came up against Lutheran's veteran, Ernie Ahrens.

After her defeat in the doubles against Ahrens, Redden came out fired up, just going for all shots and intended on making Ahrens run.

Her tactics worked and had a match-changing win.

The other set was between two younger players in Zac Wachtel and Stephanie Hagger.

This game had some very hard hitting rallies with Wachtel the victor.

This then gave Mypolonga the match, winning 7-65 to 5-55.

A back to back victory.

A big thank you to all the spectators who attended and enjoyed watching a high standard of tennis.

Juniors

Lutheran Blue v Jervois

The Lower Murray HardCourt Tennis Association junior grand final was played between Lutheran Blue and Jervois.

On grand final morning, it was a battle of the top two teams going all out for the premiership.

The large amount of spectators present at the courts created a magnificent finals atmosphere, foreshadowing the brilliant tennis to be played.

In the last time the two teams met, it came down to the final set, which was won, 6-5 to Jervois, giving Jervois the win on that day.

Grand final day was set up to be another thriller.

The top doubles was a certainly a match for the spectators featuring Lutheran’s consistent top pair Andrew Ahrens and Bradley Zadow against hard-hitting Lachlan Gale and Alexander Hall.

On paper, Ahrens and Zadow looked to be the stronger pair, but it was a tight battle all the way through with both pairs utilising both precise angles and classy net play.

At the end of the race, Gale and Hall came out on top, winning, 8-6 in a tie-break.

This was a vital set for Jervois.

Jervois’ second pair of Brittany Liebich and Tegan Afford also came out victors and were too strong for Lutheran’s Leo Mach and Sabine Zadow.

The other two doubles, however, went the way of Lutheran, the fourth being, 6-5 and importantly leveling up the sets, 2-2.

Lutheran quickly broke away in the singles, winning the top, second and eighth single comfortably.

In what some might have thought an upset, Brayden Denman defeated Mitchell Gale, 6-4.

Young Mitchell Gale has had a tremendous season winning all of his singles until this set.

Shawna Denman out-played Hayley Braendler through consistency, placement and depth and won the match, 6-1.

While Jordan Adams defeated Luke Smith, 6-3.

Afford and Hall kept fighting for Jervois, winning their sets, 6-1 and 6-5 respectively, but it was all too late.

Lutheran came out victors eight sets to four.

Congratulations went out to all players involved in the 2016/17 Lower Murray HardCourt Tennis Association.

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