West Side and top team All Saints fought out an interesting battle, with the eventual result decided by a solitary game.
Both teams were not fielding their best sides. West Side were hardest hit and were forced to forfeit a doubles and singles tie due to a late withdrawal of one of their players, making their task even more daunting.
The doubles began well for West Side, with Jason Parsons and Darcy Nayda taking the first set 6-1. All Saints’ Matt Kolic and Stacey Garrard lifted in the next set and caused a few problems for West, but eventually lost 6-4.
In the singles, both Parsons and Nayda needed big wins, and with steely determination, they won both of the matches by the maximum 9-0.
In the deciding match, All Saints’ Diego Cortez battled hard against promising junior Tyson Darley, who took six valuable games from Cortez to tip the match result in West Side’s favour.
In the remaining match, AN Gold continued their good form with a good 4-2 win over Stirling.
The top doubles was entertaining and of a high standard, with AN Gold’s Darren Baker and Ray Perry taking the first set in a tiebreaker. Stirling’s Damon Walsh and Daniel Gibbs had spent their pennies and couldn’t maintain the standard, losing the next set 6-1.
The second doubles was extremely close. Stirling took the first set with solid play from Dale and Matt Westover. AN Gold’s Jay Miller and Simon Hancock rallied and won the next set in a thrilling tiebreak. The decider saw AN Gold gaining confidence to take the set 6-1.
In the Women’s A Grade tennis, AN Gold were too steady and experienced for West Saints Purple, winning 3-0.
Tanya Cox and Pam Thomas started well against LeeAnne Dalla Santa and Jess Zacher, winning 9-4.
The second match was much closer, with LeeAnne Dalla Santa and Abigael Normington taking six games from AN Gold’s Tanya Cox and Anne Collins.
In the final match, the more experienced pair of Pam Thomas and Anne Collins prevailed with a solid 9-2 win over their younger opponents.