Winter tennis returned with a Friday night round added to the schedule and premiership favourites All Saints continued on their merry way with an easy win over Stirling.
In the top doubles All Saints Matt Kolic & Carel De Jongh combined well to take the match in 2 sets whilst Stacy Garrard & Bruno Carcuro also overpowered their Stirling rivals in a similar manner to set their team up for the win.
In the singles matches Matt Kolic took control from the start to defeat Daniel Gibbs 9-2 and Stacey Garrard had the same result in her match against Damon Walsh.
Stirling’s Dale Westover had a few moments against Carel De Jongh but went down 5-9. The match between Bruno Carcuro who was out for his first full match for quite a few seasons, and Matt Westover was closer than the buttons on Clive Palmer’s dinner jacket.
Centre court action, see sawing fortunes, each player at times seeming to move in slow motion and keeping the crowd entertained at the same time. Westover eventually held out at the end to take the tiebreak 7-4 and be Stirling’s only winner for the night leaving Carcuro to lament.
AN Gold welcomed their number 1 player Darren Baker back from a calf injury and the team responded with a straight 6-0 win over fellow colleagues AN.
AN Gold started well taking both doubles matches relatively easily. The top singles saw Darren Baker prove too strong for Paul Richards winning 9-3. Stephen Ruffles had a night to forget and didn’t get out of first gear going down to the evergreen Ray Perry 9-1.
Russell Foulis who is fitter than a mallee bull continued his good form with an easy win over Jay Miller. Mark Shirley didn’t have his own way in the final match and was made to earn it by Simon Hancock who has improved considerably this year. Shirley had to draw upon all his experience & guile to win 9-5.
The match of the round was between AN Green & West Saints Purple. West Saints Purple got off to a great start with a close win in the top doubles.
Leanne Dalla Santa and promising junior Emily Murphy finished just in front of AN Greens experienced pair Marie Kerin & Helen Kitchen 7-5 in a very entertaining & skillful match.
AN Green responded with a good win by Kerin and Pauline Hedger who was back for her first A Grade match for many years and took the next match against the Dalla Santa & Abigael Normington 6-3.
The deciding match saw AN Greens Kitchen & Hedger prove to be too experienced for the young pair of Murphy & Normington winning 6-2.
AN Gold had a straight sets win over West Saints Blue. Leading well from the start AN Golds top pair of Emma Mathiesson & Anne Collins fought out a competitive battle with West Saints Judy Brusnahan & Michelle Murphy and took the set 6-4.
The next 2 matches were easy wins to AN Gold winning 6-1 & 6-2 respectively.