Competitive tennis tussle continues

The competitive fight in the Mount Gambier and District Tennis Association Division 2 competition continued during Saturday’s round 13.

Glencoe Gold maintained its unbeaten streak, but was forced to earn it against its sister Maroon team. After the six singles sets were shared equally, it was game on in the doubles. Mark Feetom and Sam Auld drew first blood with a 6-4 victory for Gold, but Maroon answered back straight away thanks to Will Hann and Chris Robinson winning by the same margin.

Glencoe Maroon then gave its rivals a scare by taking the overall lead after Robinson and Samuel Murphy dominated its rubber. However, Gold proved its class withCassie Edwards leading from the front.

She won 6-2 and 6-0 with Ruth Thami and Alison Auld respectively to give the ladder leaders the overall advantage. The win was polished off by Thami and Auld, who won the final rubber against Alice Tentye and Alison Meyer by five games. Mt Schank travelled to Reidy Park and secured another two-set win. The visitors enjoyed a fast start thanks to solid singles victories to Brendan McInnes and Micah Hill.

But the home team answered back to ensure the scoreboard was tied after the opening six rubbers. Mt Schank received support in the form of Mcinnes once again, who teamed up with Hill and Will Boston to claw the advantage.

Despite Maddison Kelly and Tess Kenseley dominating the final doubles rubber for Reidy Park, wins to Sophie Boston, Clair Waye and Mietta Lonergan wrapped up Mt Schank’s success. Mount Gambier defended its home turf from a spirited Uniting Church outfit.

Both sides shared the spoils from the six singles rubbers, but despite winning the first doubles game, the hosts were on the back foot. Sam Batty, Rob Tunstall and Travis Crowe handed Uniting Church the advantage with just three duels to go.

However, Mount Gambier charged home with a trio if comprehensive wins to snatch the overall honours courtesy of Jodie Carey, Jayel Van den Hurk and Stef Lopriore.

Suttontown returned from its trip to Bishop Road with the chocolates after a four-set win over Centrals. Molly Lennon was in fine form and went undefeated across the afternoon as did Steve Dehmel.

However, the final result was under dispute at the time of print. The West Gambier Red v Blue battle shaped up to be a close encounter, but scores were not available at the time of print.

The penultimate round of the season takes place this Saturday with all three grades starting at 1pm.

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