Schools end Swanport’s unbeaten run | PHOTOS


REACH: Postel's Aiden Morrell ... Photo: William Bailey.

REACH: Postel's Aiden Morrell ... Photo: William Bailey.

Schools vs Swanport

Schools put an end to Swanport’s unbeaten season with a nail-biting win in Saturday’s round of lawn tennis.

In perfect conditions Schools had some big players back in their line-up and were ready to take it to the unbeaten Swannies, however it was Swanport who were able to sneak out to a two set lead after the early doubles with Dave Altmann and young Jacob Godden combining well for a 9-6 win over Jason Bormann and Ash Temby in the top double. 

Schools hit back in the singles picking up seven of the twelve sets on offer in that section. 

Big wins were recorded by Dan Altmann, lefty Tony Juergens and also Ash Temby and Kym McFee. 

Jason Hampel had a great battle with David Schenscher before prevailing 6-4 while Tania McFee outlasted Albert Goodridge 7-5 in another close set. 

Top gent Jason Bormann took on club stalwart Dave Altmann and in another tight contest it was Bormann who prevailed 9-7. 

For Swanport Mick Godden was a big winner remaining unbeaten, young Mikayla Godden suited up for Swanport for the first time and had a great win while Kelvin ‘Froggy’ Farnham, Heather Richards and Genna Harkness all recorded 6-2 wins to see the contest level at nine sets apiece coming into the reverse doubles.

Swanport edged in front with victory in two of the first three reverse doubles then Schools tied things up with another set. 

The Godden’s put Swanport a set up after their tiebreak win however with Schools ahead by one game it came down to the final set of the day where Jason Bormann and Kym McFee snuck home 7-5 to give Schools victory by a meager three games in a great contest

Postel vs Sportsmen

Postel made it two wins on-the-trot with a comfortable victory against the struggling Sportsmen side. 

With the match being played with ten players per side Postel grabbed a commanding four sets to one lead after the early doubles with young Aidan Morrell being promoted to the top double with Club Champion Anthony Lapinskas and they managed a solid 9-5 win over Matt Ahrens and Jason Schulz. 

Sportsmen grabbed the third double with Savid Schulz and young Ben Hattam combining for a good win.

Postel dominated the singles section capturing seven of the ten sets played to seal the points. 

Lapinskas continued his good form at top singles with another good performance against the underrated Matthew Ahrens, Kobe Allen, Connor Watson, Jack Lannan and Darcy Bald all had comfortable wins while the wily Rob Butcher and Tom Daniel both had hard fought wins.

For the vanquished David Schulz was too steady for big hitting David Crouch while Jason Schulz and Phil Marks both had big wins. 

With the match all sewn up Postel added another three reverse doubles sets to their tally to run out comfortable eight set victors. 


The Murray Bridge Junior lawn tennis played their last match on Saturday for 2017 and will resume again with the Adult and Child event on the January 20.

Avoca took on West and were ahead four to one after the doubles. Saving a clean sweep Connor Watson and Lachlan Young for West had a good win over William Crane and Ryan Farnham.

Avoca continued their winning form in the singles, taking seven of ten games.

William Crane and Ryan Farnham for Avoca, got their revenge in the singles, recording good wins over their opponents. The closest game for the match was between fill-in players Luke Stewart and Charlie White, with Luke being the victor 6-5 for Avoca.

Most valuable player for Avoca was Luke Stewart, and Charlie White received his team’s award.

Swanport played Schools and won three of the doubles on offer. Jacob Godden, partnered by his sister Mikayla, who had to step up to number two for Swanport, played well to beat Aidan Morrell and Riley Pearce 7-5.

Also for Swanport, Lilly King and Brady Lienert had a tough tussle with Oscar Coull and James Hand winning 6-5. 

Alex Mundy and Ethan Cooper for Schools also had a close match against Ethan Morrell and fill-in player Matilda Baumgertel, winning 6-5.

Schools lower order were too strong for Swanport, winning eight of the ten singles.

Angelo DeIonno, Sam Johnson and Oscar Coull, all Schools, all scored 6-5 wins over their opponents. Jacob and Mikayla Godden remained undefeated for Swanport.

For Schools, Angelo De Ionno received his team’s award and for Swanport, Mikayla Godden was her team’s winner.

Murraylands took on Coorong and won three of the five doubles on offer, closest being Kobe Allen and Jaidyn Willis for Murraylands over Tyson Bormann and Lachie Thomas 6-4.

Coorong stepped up in the singles taking seven of the ten. Closest singles were between Lachie Thomas, Coorong over Jaidyn Willis, 7-5 and Hamish Dow also Coorong over TK Mashenge 6-5.

Rosie Vowles was Coorong’s Most Valuable Player, and for Murraylands, Ellouise Baumgertel was the recipient.

Sportsmen started well, winning three of the five doubles on offer. In the closest double, Emmanuel Slattery and Nathaniel Pennicott had to dig deep to defeat Postel’s Coen Martin and Jessica Turner 6-5.

Postel picked up the pace in the singles, winning seven of the ten on offer. Postel’s Henry Turner and Coen Martin both recorded 6-4 wins over their opponents.

Most Valuable Player for Postel was Ben Schaefer, and Taj Rowe received his teams award.


Twin Bridges vs Hot Shots

Although the final score in this match went Twin Bridges way six sets to three it was a very tight match as the games score of 53-all indicated.

The first set, the top men’s double between Twin Bridges’ Bob Hancock and Ben Bowman, facing Eric Baker and Barry Griffiths turned into a marathon after the Bridges pair held a comfortable lead early in the game. With grit and determination Hot Shots clawed their way back and forced a tie break situation.

However, Hancock and Bowman were able to withstand the onslaught and sealed the tie 7-3. In another even longer set John Bryan and Lorraine Graetz, Bridges led 4-0 before a great service game by Isaac Smith, which included two aces, turned the tide and Shots began to win the rallies.

Soon the score was five all. Bridges managed to win the opposition’s service game and then Bryan served for the set. The score went to deuce before Bridges finished with a win 7-5

Rosemary Daish and Sharon Watson put the first set on the board for Hot Shots.

Hancock and Michelle Saye played a close battle with Baker and Daish in a match with lots of chatter and laughter. Scores were four-all, five-all with lots of deuces. Baker was playing brilliantly at net cutting off almost everything with return drop shot winners. 

But Twin Bridges hung in and finally took the set 7-5 Griffiths and Watson were too strong for Bowman and Howell giving Shots their second set.

Daish and Morris started strongly to lead 3-1 after the first round of serves, in the ladies reverse double, leaving Saye and Graetz to play catch up throughout most of the set. They finally managed to claw their way back to draw level at five-all. 

During this part of the game all four players were evenly matched. Saye served at 6-5 and the Bridges duo scrambled to chase everything down and finally came away with a 7-5 win.

Hancock and his counterpart Baker faced off in another tie break battle. This time with Bryan and Smith as partners. Once again after a tough hard fought struggle Bridges won the tie 7-3 Griffiths and Smith had a 7-4 win to give Shots their third set.

Although Twin Bridges had the required five sets and the match had been won, the combatants in the final set of the day Howell and Graetz, Bridges, opposed to Watson and Morris played as if everything depended on the outcome. 

In a long drawn out set, which didn’t finish until everyone else was relaxing at the bar, Bridges started well to lead 4-1 but Shots came back and levelled the score at five-all after many multi deuce games, before Bridges again got going and won the final two games to lead 7-5.

Final scores were Twin Bridges six sets 53 games to Hot Shots three sets 53 games

Players winning all three sets were Bob Hancock and Lorraine Graetz from Twin Bridges.

Community Club vs River Aces

This match began with two tightly contested matches

In the first, the top men’s double, Owen Morrell and Ray Rossiter managed to hold on to win 7-5 The first mixed double was also a 7-5 match but this time it was Community Club’s Jason Crouch and Ruth Miller who came out on top.

In the ladies double Community Club dropped the first service game and this left them chasing River Aces for the rest of the set. Good rallies, long drives and competitive play were features of the match but River Aces pair, Val Scott and Judy Oliver gradually got on top and began to control play, finally taking the set 7-4.

Morrell and Scott were too strong for Barry Noye and Lorraine Vickers winning 7-3 in the top mixed double.

Kevin Prosser and Crouch played well for Club against Ray Rossiter and Robert Howell with a 7-0 win.

Lynette Bald and Ruth Miller jumped to a 3-0 lead for Club in their reverse ladies double but then Deanna Harden and Judy Oliver levelled the score. 

An even match eventuated with long rallies and both teams winning placement shots. Harden served well to help give Aces a 6-5 lead. Oliver served for the match to win 7-5.

Morrell and Howell also won for Aces 7-3.

Then Oliver and Rossiter also took the next set for River Aces 7-2.

The final set for the day was between Club‘s Lorraine Vickers and Miller opposing Scott and Harden.

The Club twosome proved too strong and took the set 7-2 to give Club their third set.

Final Scores were River Aces six sets 49 games to Community Club three sets 43 games.

Aces players Owen Morrell and Judy Oliver won all three sets.