West Side sounded an ominous warning to the rest of the A Grade Mens competition with a big 5-1 win over AN Gold.
Down in personnel for most of the season and languishing in mid table, the team is starting to gel and is now a comfortable second in the premiership race.
There was no love lost and sparks began to fly in the top doubles. West Side through Jason Parsons and Darcy Nayda steamrolled their opponents 6-0, 6-2. Even if there was a wrong call or two the match was not decided on one or two points and in the cold light of the day AN Gold probably lowered their colours.
In the second doubles it was a much closer affair with veteran champion Russell Foulis teaming with promising junior Levi Pillion for AN Gold. The West combination of Mick Rowbottom and Peter Dennis held their nerve and with some excellent rallies were too steady and took the match 6-4, 6-2.
AN Gold should be happy with Pillion’s progress this season as he chased down balls that seemed certain winners and ripped in a few good forehand drives to frustrate the opposition. In the singles West Side’s Parsons, Nayda and Dennis all had 9-3 wins.
The closest match was between Russell Foulis and Mick Rowbottom. Foulis was in control in the gusty conditions and led 7-3. Rowbottom was able to claw his way back into the game but eventually went down in a tie break to lose 9-8.
Stirling enjoyed its second win for the year. AN’s Paul Richards and Stephen Ruffles got off to a slow start and Stirling’s Brianna Dent and Daniel Gibbs took the first set 6-3.
AN responded and took the second set with the same scoreline to even up the match. Richards and Ruffles went on from strength to strength and took the decider 6-2. In the second doubles Stirlings Peter Shalley and Dale Westover had a straight sets win over Jay Miller and Simon Hancock to tie it all up.
The singles decided the match and with Stirling’s Brianna Dent, Daniel Gibbs and Pete Shalley all enjoying wins with AN’s Simon Hancock being their only shining light winning his match 9-3.
In the Womens A Grade tennis AN Green and AN Gold had the closest match. AN Gold got off to a great start though Tanya Cox and Pam Thomas who combined well to win 9-3.
AN Green through the experienced pair of Di Rowe and Jill Mayo rallied and were able to narrowly take the match 9-7. The deciding game saw AN Green claim the prize leading 6-5.
West Saints Purple got off to a flying start againt West Saints Blue with a commanding 9-2 win to Leanne Dalla Santa and Emily Murphy.
Emily and Mia Smith backed it up and took the second match against her mum, Michelle, and Karina Graetz. The third doubles went the same way and West Saints Purple took the remaining match 9-5