Swanport’s streak

SHOT: Postel's Aiden Morrell getting ready to send the ball flying with a strong backhand. Photo: William Bailey.

SHOT: Postel's Aiden Morrell getting ready to send the ball flying with a strong backhand. Photo: William Bailey.

Senior

Swanport vs Schools

Swanport remained unbeaten after a last gasp win against Schools in last Saturday’s top of the table clash. In humid conditions players had to adjust to the lower bounce after considerable rain during the week affected playing conditions.

Schools got off to a solid start capturing four of the six opening doubles sets with Nathan Bolt and Kylie Bormann in great touch as they converted an early deficit into a handy 9-5 win against Jack Daniels and Will Crane in the second double while young guns Tyson Bormann and Daniel Altmann had an impressive win in the fourth double.

For Swanport, top duo Leigh Ryswyk and Dave Altmann kept good form with a hard fought 9-6 win against Jason Bormann and Ash Temby. The singles were keenly contested with both sides picking up six sets.

For Schools, Olivia Bolt, Daniel Altmann and David Hein won close encounters while Kate Barnes, Alex Hein and Nathan Bolt all had easy wins. Swanport’s top duo Leigh Ryswyk and Dave Altmann had hard fought wins as did Jack Daniels while Lucy Harkness, Riley Morrell and Albert Goodridge were comfortable winners.

With Schools two sets up coming into the reverse doubles they were in the box seat to break the reigning Premiers unbeaten streak however the “Swannies” dug deep to capture five of the remaining six sets to grab an unlikely win by two sets.

Postel vs Sportsmen

Postel took on Sportsmen in the other fixture and with both teams struggling for players it was a ten person per side game.

Postel took the early advantage winning three of the five doubles with Jack Lannan and Connor Watson in good touch while Jason Schulz and Phil Marks won a gripping encounter at top gent against Anthony Lapinskas and Aidan Morrell.

Postel took a firm grip, capturing seven of ten singles. Lapinskas, Rob Butcher, David Crouch, Jack Lannan and Connor Watson had comfortable wins while Tom Daniel and Caitlin Waechter were made to work hard for their wins against Ben Hattam and Luke Crouch.

For Sportsmen, Phil Marks had a great tussle with Aidan Morrell recording a 9-7 win while Ned King and Jason Crouch contributed to Sportsmen’s cause with tough victories.

Postel was one set away from victory coming into the reverse doubles but Sportsmen’s captured all five of the final doubles sets to draw even on ten sets apiece. Postel grabbed the points with an advantage of 25 games.

GETTING LOW: Postel's TK Mashinge reaches for the ball, connecting with the racquet just in time. The Most Valuable Play for Postel on the day was Jess Turner.

GETTING LOW: Postel's TK Mashinge reaches for the ball, connecting with the racquet just in time. The Most Valuable Play for Postel on the day was Jess Turner.

Junior

The Murray Bridge Junior lawn tennis matches on Saturday were played in typical Spring weather.

With some teams missing valuable players due to the Basketball Carnival in Mount Gambier, three matches played with only eight a side.

Coorong moved into top spot after recording a good win over Swanport, taking three of the four doubles, the closest being between Ethan Morrell and Ethan Cooper for Swanport over Alicia Hutchings and Rosie Vowles, scraping home 6-5.

Coorong continued their winning form in the singles, taking seven of the eight on offer. Skyla Boughen for Coorong had to fight hard to defeat Ned Hughes 6-5, as did Rosie Vowles, also Coorong over Ethan Cooper 6-5.

Stopping a clean sweep, fill in player Aidan Morrell for Swanport defeated Tyson Bormann 7-5.

Most valuable player for Coorong was Lachlan Thomas, and Brady Lienert received his team’s award.

Sportsmen took on West and won all the doubles on offer. Cowan Pennicott and Jason Crouch for Sportsmen had a tough tussle with Lucas Young and Lily Miegel, winning 6-5.

Sharing the singles, the dominance in the doubles gave Sportsmen the win. Conner Watson, playing No. 1 for West had to dig deep to defeat Alex Hein 7-6. Jason Crouch for Sportsmen had another close single, winning 6-5 over Lily Miegel.

For Sportsmen, Alex Hein received his team’s award and for West, Lucy Dow was her team’s winner.

Avoca moved into third with an 8 to 4 win over Murraylands. Sharing the doubles, Avoca stepped up in singles, winning six of eight on offer, closest being between Lachlan Daniels for Avoca, in a hard fought win over Jaxon Penny 6-5.

Most Valuable Player for Avoca was Will Crane. Bailey Muller won his Team’s award.

Closest game was between Banks and Postel with Banks winning 9-6. Banks took four of the five doubles on offer, closest being Zakk Bald and Breanna Hobbs-Dunning for Banks over Coen Martin and Jess Turner 6-5.

Sharing the singles, the advantage in the doubles, gave Banks the premiership points. Danielle Daish for Banks had a hard match against Henry Turner, winning 6-5.

Holly Temby was Bank’s Most Valuable Player, and for Postel, Jess Turner was the recipient.

Doubles

Bridge Crows vs Community Club

Matches played today were on heavy ground but lovely sunshine. Bob Hancock and Lorraine Vickers finished on top of Barry Noye and Michelle Saye but not before many juice games and good rallies.

A groin muscle strain to Saye did effect her running. Barry Griffiths and Rod Williams came back from being down against Ben Bowman and Kevin Prosser.

Games were level from the start until Jill Woolford and Yvonne Przibilla finally won over Lynette Bald and Ruth Miller. Saye and Miller came home strong to defeat Vickers and Woolford, also Prosser and Miller had a struggle against Williams and Przibilla.

Other matches through the day had long rallies and some very clever cross court shots and some good lobs. Woolford, Griffiths and Hancock won three sets

Bridge Crows won the match 7 / 57 to 2 / 38.

Hot Shots vs River Aces

Kathy Pfeiffer, filling a male spot, partnered John Bryan to defeat Peter Paech and Robert Howell.

Theo Weinmann and Elsie Grobler combined well to defeat Owen Morrell and Val Scott in a 10/8 tie break and in another tie break Junior Danielle Daish and Deanna Harden defeated Anne Howell and Joy Morris 12/10.

The other tie break match Bryan and Harden defeated R Howell and Morris 7-1. Other matches through the day were either 7-4 or 7-5. Harden was the only player to win 3 sets.

River Aces won the match 5 / 55 to 4 / 49.