Warm balmy conditions favourable for twilight tennis were appreciated as Framers 5 continued their hot streak by burying last year’s First Division premiers, Undertakers, 8 sets (48 games) to 2 (22).
From the start it was apparent the Enid Blyton-inspired team were out to stamp their authority winning both rounds. Matt “Movember” Hall and Russell Foulis were best for Framers 5 while Karl Chamberlain did his best to frustrate the opposition for the Undertakers. The remaining match in the First Division saw Bulldogs prevailing with a relatively easy win over CMAD. Matthew Kolic was consistent as always while Heath Green showed some nice glimpses of what is to come. The old silver fox, Mark Shirley, was wily as ever. CMAD were undermanned with injuries to key players but Les Kenefick and Steven Ruffles battled hard in the warm conditions. Scores were Bulldogs 7 sets (38) to CMAD 3 sets (32).
In the second division it was a series of one way streets with each of the winners taking the honours comprehensively.
Midweekers are rolling along nicely with another comprehensive win this week to take them top of the table. This week it was Scrubs turn to feel the heat and they wilted as their opponents were surgical by taking all 9 sets. Len Mayo stood out for the Midweekers whilst Tasma and Bonnie scrubbed up well and did their best for the Scrubs. Scores were Midweekers 9 sets (68) to Scrubs 0 (8)
Slippery Gypsies are also a team who are winning well. This week they were too strong for NetChix who were unfortunately playing like series of old reruns. The Gypsies won all 9 sets (66) and didn’t have a passenger whilst NetChix Casey O’Dea and Krysten Hancock did their best to hold back the avalanche. Thorny Devils 7 sets (53) returned to the winners list with a good win over Minnions 1 set (21). Both teams were down in numbers this week so if anyone is interested in coming out to help fill in just turn up next Thursday. For Thorny Devils Rob Brandle and Barry Fryar were good and Peter Leahy and Tabi Franco were the only ones to hold their head high for Minnions.
The court lighting appears to be greatly appreciated and enhancing the Twilight Competition. Numbers are occasionally down in teams and we are always looking for anyone happy to fill in. Just turn up on Thursday evening 6:15pm or contact the association by email to register your availability – firstname.lastname@example.org Junior tennis is also progressing well with good numbers attending. It is great to see some high quality coaches being available most weeks and doing a great job in teaching the younger players the basics of the sport.