North East Regional Tennis Association

By Corowa Free Press

Section 1

Corowa Red v Wang Hardcourt

Corowa Red has finally put together a very impressive performance against Wang Hardcourt on Saturday and has announced to the rest of the competition that they will be a threat later in the season. Corowa had the advantage of playing at home on the grass, a surface Wang Hardcourt don’t take a shine to and it was Corowa’s knowledge that proved to be decisive early as they skipped away to an early lead from which Hardcourt never recovered. 

Corowa simply overpowered Hardcourt and with the addition of Craig and Marrianne Spencer, Corowa just had too much firepower for Hardcourt to cope with. As the match progressed Hardcourt began to find their “grass legs” and became competitive, but the damage had been done early and Corowa completed a comfortable victory. Marianne, Jono Keys and Zali Spencer were Corowa’s best while Di, Lucas, Lynne Sheppard, Mario Pane and Chris Lucas were Hardcourts best performers. 

Wang Lawn v Chiltern

Wang Lawn had a couple of early scares against Chiltern on Saturday falling over the line in the first 2 sets by tie breaks, but from there Lawn flexed their muscles and dismissed Chiltern with relative ease. Chiltern were never totally whitewashed but they weren’t able to string enough points together to win games but got to deuce on numerous occasions. 

Treena McNair, Brodie McKinnar, Chris McNair and Jarrod McKinnar took the battle up to Lawn. Kim Brown was outstanding all day for Lawn and with Shaun Ablazej, Janelle Hartwig and Robert Voss controlled their matches.

Section 2

Myrrhee v Wahgunyah Blue

Myrrhee returned to the winners list as they completely dismantled Wahgunyah Blue on Saturday in a display that was workmanlike rather than a demolition. Myrrhee were always in control with Cathy Van Berlo, Robyn Oliver and Cath Fox all winning 3 sets to give Myrrhee a clear edge in the women’s sets which proved the difference in the end. Wahgunyah’s Jesse Johnstone continues to improve and impress and with support from Glen Bobbin, Wayne Johnstone and Allison Bartel, Wahgunyah weren’t totally disgraced. 

Corowa v Rutherglen

Corowa fell over the line against Rutherglen as the match was tightly contested from the outset to the finish. The first 2 sets were split then Rutherglen took the upper hand, winning the next 3 only for 

Rutherglen to win the next to find themselves 2-4 down and a bucket full of games behind with the mixed to complete.  Corowa snuck further ahead after they won the first mixed set in a tie break but Rutherglen’s Brady Hofer and Maddie Pianto won the next 8-1 to put an element of doubt in the Corowa camp, but Jack King and Janice Cook remained calm in a crisis and carried the Corowa team to victory. Lorraine Plunkett and Janice won 3 sets for the day, Rutherglen’s Brady Hofer won three as well.

Wang Hardcourt v Everton

The Wang Hardcourt - Everton Blue match was a story of two halves. Hardcourt controlled the women’s sets convincingly while Everton held a slender advantage in the men’s sets, the margin the Hardcourt women held was to prove the difference in the match.

Tomo Moriya, Kath Trainer and Marika Van Steklenberg (3 sets) were simply superb for Hardcourt while Russell Bennett (3 sets), Noel Kneebone and Alan Wood kept Everton close enough to think they had a chance of snatching victory late. 

Boorhaman v Everton White

Boorhaman continue their steady climb up the ladder with a comfortable victory over Everton White on Saturday. Boorhaman’s men (Darren Saward (3 sets), Kane Tyers & Zave Talbot were outstanding and showed a clean pair of heels to the Everton men. Eleisha Kneebone, Jo Lucas and Marianna Hines kept Everton in touch but the strength of the Boorhaman men ensured Boorhaman victory. 

Section 3

Wooragee v Chiltern

Wooragee had another win on Saturday over the hapless Chiltern team, it was evident early on that Chiltern were no match for Wooragee.

Although they were outclassed Chiltern never gave up and were impressive with their effort under extreme pressure. Tom Kilpatrick was Chilterns best while Mark Knoth led the way for his team. 

Wahgunyah Red v Wahgunyah Blue

It was the battle of the Section 3 heavyweights at Wahgunyah between Wahgunyah Red and Wahgunyah Blue. It was Wahgunyah Red that held a slender advantage at the finish to claim victory. 

Wahgunyah Red won 4 of the first 5 sets to set up a winning lead but if Wahgunyah Blue had grabbed one of 2 tiebreak sets they lost then the result could have been different but it was the steadiness in a crisis that saw Red cross the line as winners.