West Side are back!

Men

West Side’s comprehensive win over AN might just be a glimmer of hope of them starting to hit their straps this season.

After a difficult start to the season and absences to key players West Side have been finding it difficult to maintain a competitive regular team. West Side started well with top pair Jasons Parsons and Darcy Nayda steamrolling through their doubles dropping only a solitary game. West Side second doubles had a tighter game with AN’s Jay Miller and Simon Hancock providing solid resistance. In the end Michael Rowbottom and Paul Hodges prevailed winning 6-2, 6-4. In the singles Parsons & Nayda took control from the start and did not ease the pressure and both won 9-0. West Side took the remaining two singles matches and a much needed win to the team.

The match of the round was between All Saints and AN Gold. The match started with an epic doubles match between All Saints top pair Matt Kolic and Brianna Dent and AN Gold’s Darren Baker and Ray Perry. There were more twists and turns than a Neymar tackle. The first set went to a tiebreak with All Saints claiming it in a thriller 10-8. AN Gold rallied and took the next set 6-4 to force it into a deciding third set. The third set was just as close as the first with it being decided by a tiebreak which went to All Saints 7-1. In the second doubles AN Golds’ Russell Foulis and Mark Shirley were too steady for All Saints Stacey Garrard and Bruno Carcuro and won in two sets to square it up.

The singles match between Matt Kolic and Darren Baker was a classic with neither party giving an inch.  All Saints Kolic got his nose in front at the end from a tiring Baker to win a thriller 10-8. Brianna Dent proved too good against the 75 year AN veteran Ray Perry with a big 9-2 win and Stacey Garrard continued her good form with a 9-3 win over Russell Foulis. Mark Shirley was the only shining light for AN Gold in the singles as he overran a weary Bruno Carcuro 9-0.

Women

West Saints Purple started well with their top doubles LeeAnne Dalla Santa and Emily Murphy finishing in front of West Saints Blue Judy Brusnahan and Karina Graetz.

The match was very close with Purple finishing the stronger 6-4.

West Saints Blue rallied and took the next doubles match 6-1 to even up the match. In the deciding match Judy Brusnahan and Jess Zacher won their rubber relatively easily 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 and Anne Collins fought out a competitive battle with West Saints Judy Brusnahan and Michelle Murphy and took the set 6-4.