A sudden shower didn’t dampen anyone’s enthusiasm and proved to be just a minor setback to this week’s round of A Grade men’s and women’s tennis.
West Side took to the courts with the return of one of their former regulars, Peter Dennis from Port Germein, in for his first game for the year. Dennis settled in like a well-worn pair of slippers and his addition ensured West Side remained a far more competitive unit for the rest of the season.
West Side took all matches on offer in their demolition of Stirling.
In the singles, West’s top pair of Darcy Nayda and Jason Parsons continued their top form, winning by big margins.
The closest match was between Peter Dennis and Dale Westover, which saw Westover get off to a 3-0 start, only to be reeled in and eventually lose 4-9.
The match of the round was between All Saints and AN.
The top doubles match saw All Saints’ Brianna Dent and Matt Kolic take the chocolates in their match against Paul Richards and Stephen Ruffles. AN responded and took the bottom doubles with a good win to Russell Foulis and Ray Perry to square up the match.
In the singles, All Saints were dominant, winning three of the four matches.
Good wins to Matt Kolic and Stacey Garrard, and not even three Great Northerns could stop Brianna Dent toweling AN’s Paul Richards 9-0.
ANs’ only winner was Russell Foulis.
West Saints Blue returned to the winners’ list with a hard-fought win over AN Gold.
The top doubles match saw West Saints’ Judy Brusnahan and Karina Graetz finish the stronger in a close 9-6 win over AN Gold’s Emma Mathiesson and Anne Collins.
AN Gold responded well and took the second doubles 9-4 to level the match. The deciding match was not as close as the others, with West Saints’ Brusnahan and Michelle Murphy winning 9-1 over Mathiesson and Vonnie Leahy.
The remaining match between AN Green and West Saints Purple was not as close.
Experience was probably the difference, with AN Green’s Marie Kerin and Jill Mayo providing it in bundles, ably supported by Charmaine McDonald. AN Green took all three matches, 9-3, 9-2 and 9-1.