Postel’s Anthony Lapinskas captured his first ever singles title after last weekend’s Dutton Motors Murray Bridge Lawn Tennis Championships.
Played over last Saturday and Sunday, Lapinskas won his quarter final well against young Aidan Morrell then got a dream run through to Sundays final after his semi-final opponent in Jason Bormann succumbed to a back injury in a doubles match prior.
He battled the experienced campaigner and former champion in David Altmann who, in contrast, had a 9-4 quarter final battle against Kylie Bormann then a tough 9-6 semi-final win over Hermann Magerkorth.
The final got underway in cool and windy conditions, and the big-hitting Lapinskas looked sharper early having spent less time on court. With some big serving and brilliant returning he was able to break the Altmann serve consistently to race out to a 6-1 lead.
Altmann however was not going to hand over the title on a plate and dug deep to claw his way back into the match with some solid volleying and great scrambling around the court.
At 8-5, Lapinskas was only a game away from victory but Altmann saw off a number of match points on his serve to force Lapinskas to serve for the match.
The crowd sensed that the Postel player was beginning to tighten up, but he was able to hold his nerve and finally after having several match points converted, his opportunity to grab his maiden singles title.
Lapinskas also enjoyed success partnering with Swanport’s Leigh Ryswyk to take out the Men’s Doubles Championship when they defeated defending champions David Altmann and Hermann Magerkorth 9-7 in a tight tussle.
In other events, Jack Joy won the Singles’ plate event while in the B Grade singles it was a prelude to what many believe could be a future Championship final as young guns Aidan Morrell and Will Crane battled it out. Morrell came out on top in a tight tiebreak to win 9-8 while Connor Watson took out the plate event.
Stalwarts’ Rob Butcher and Albert Goodridge were victorious in the Men’s Handicap Doubles edging out Swanport pairing David Schenscher and Kelvin Farnham 6-5 in an entertaining final while in a round robin event, the mother and son pairing of Kylie and Tyson Bormann took out the Mixed Handicap doubles.
In senior events, Theo Weinmann showed he still has it with victory over a fatiguing John Owens in the Men’s Veteran’s singles.
Weinmann winning the final 6-4, however Owens enjoyed success with Lorraine Vickers in the Veterans Mixed doubles taking out the round robin event from Rob Butcher and Sharon Watson.
In the final event, Owens and Weinmann captured the Men’s Veteran Doubles after a 7-5 win over Martin and David Altmann.
The Murray Bridge Junior lawn tennis matches on Saturday were played in warm pleasant conditions.
Schools vs Avoca
Schools took on Avoca and won all the doubles on offer. Oscar Coulls partnered by James Hand for Schools had a tough match against Lucus Bald and Sam White winning 6-5, as did Alex Mundy and Ethan Cooper also Schools over Ben Stewart and Bella Freaney 6-5.
Schools continued their winning form in the singles, taking six of the ten on offer. William Crane for Avoca, had to dig deep to defeat Aidan Morrell 7-5. Angelo DeIonno, Schools had a 6-5 win over Darcy Bald, as did Oscar Coulls, Schools over Lukus Bald, and Ethan Cooper, Schools over Bella Freaney. Lachlan Daniels, Avoca scored the only 6-5 for his team over Jack Bell.
Most valuable player for Schools was Riley Daniels, and Bella Freaney received his team’s award.
Postel vs West
Postel played West and won all the doubles on offer. Daniel Altmann and Jack Lannan, Postel, played well to beat Connor Watson and Lachlan Young 7-5. Also for Postel, Fenix
Coull and Lucien Kerley had a tough tussle with Kayne Moffat and Archie Bell winning 6-5.
Postel kept winning in the singles, taking seven of the eight on offer. Henry Turner, Fenix Coulls and Lucien Kerley, all Postel all scored 6-5 wins over their opponents. Playing a lone hand for West, Conner Watson defeated Daniel Altmann 6-4. For Postel, Henry Turner received his team’s award and for West, Connor Watson was his team’s winner.
Murraylands took on Banks and won four of the five doubles on offer, closest being Cooper Lienert and Brad Metcalfe over Kyla Jarvis and Jack Metcalfe 6-5.
Banks stepped up in the singles taking eight of the ten. Closest single was between Jaidyn Willis, Murraylands defeating Brody Morrell 7-5.
Roxanna Tyler was Bank’s Most Valuable Player, and for Murraylands, TK Mashinge was the recipient.
Swanport vs Sportsmen
Sportsmen started well, winning three of the four doubles on offer. In the closest double, fill-in player Lachlan Thomas, teamed with Billy Maddaford to defeat Sportsmen’s Alex Hein and Kyle Watts 7-5.
Swanport picked up the pace in the singles, winning six of the eight on offer. Ned Hughes, stepping up to four, had a hard match against Sportsmen’s Jason Crouch, winning 6-5, as did Nathaniel
Pennicott, filling in for Swanport, over Emmanuel Slattery 6-5.
Most Valuable Player for Swanport was Lilly King, and Quintin Short received his teams award.
Hot Shots vs Community Club
Hot Shots showed they had come to play when Theo Weinmann and Peter Paech won the first set, the top men’s double, 7-0.
They also took the second set when Paech and Sharon Watson fought back, being 3-1 down when the first round of serves was completed. Clubs’ Ray Rossiter and Lyn Bald played steady tennis to lead 5-3 before the Hot Shots pair gritted their teeth and took the next four games to win 7-5.
Community Club got their first set on the board when Rosemary Daish and Ruth Miller recovered from a poor start, being two love down, to bring the score to three all. From there on it was all one way with the Club pair winning the set 7-3.
Hot Shots then took control of the match winning the next five sets, although two of these were tie break matches.
Community Club finally got their second set when Miller and Bald had an easy win over Watson and Morris.
This was Hot Shots first win for the season so some celebrations were in order!
Final scores were Hot Shots 7 sets 53 games to Community Club 2 sets 40 games.
Rod Williams, Peter Paech and Theo Weinman , all from Hot Shots, won all three of their sets.
Bridge Crows vs Twin Bridges
The first set started as a tussle as Twin Bridges players, Jack Reddin and John Bryan tested the skills of junior Ned King who partnered Bob Hancock for Crows.
King played well with some very good placements which caught the opposition napping. However Bridges settled and took the set 7-4.
The first of the mixed doubles between Barry Griffiths and Jill Woolford, Crows facing Ben Bowman and Anne Howell was a long set. Bridges won the first two games but Crows came back to make it two all. The score remained close for the rest of the game until Crows finally won two in a row at the vital time to take the set 7-5.
In the ladies double Lorraine Vickers and Deanna Hardin, Crows jumped out of the blocks and led 3-1. Hardin was acing her serves and Vickers was picking off shots at net placing winners.
Twin Bridges duo, Michele Saye and Lorraine Graetz had to dig deep to slowly get back into the game but they eventually made it to four all. Bridges hit the front at 5-4 and then struggled their way through to a 7-4 win.
There were two tie break sets in this match.
The first was the top ladies’ double with Crows, Vickers and Woolford facing Saye and Howell. This was a great match with some long rallies. The tie break score was 7-3 Crows way.
The other tie break was the top mens’ double between Hancock and Griffiths challenging Bridges Reddin and Ben Bowman. Scores were tied throughout this match until Crows managed to lead 6-4 and held set point before Bridges fought back to force the tie. Crows finally won the tie 7-3 .
Final scores were Bridge Crows five sets 51, games to Twin Bridges four sets, 53 games Jill Woolford won all three sets, making it four out of five this season.