Australia loses Davis Cup
IT WAS an unfortunate week for Australian tennis with our Davis Cup team going down to Britain in a close contest.
It was great to see Andy Murray leading a tribute to our Lleyton as he winds up his Davis Cup career.
Lleyton has been an exciting player to watch and even as a youngster myself, I loved to watch him play and was amazed at his skill, especially sliding on a hard court surface.
The Davis Cup final is to be played between Britain and Belgium on November 27-29.
On the local front, we had another week of mixed (and close) results.
In A-grade, A2 (Abdul Sirivella, Jan Jagers, Binoy (res), Jim Hansen) defeated A1 (Kumar Pamchal (res), Helen Afflick, Lucas Mathews (res), Sue Howard) 29-27.
A6 (Shirley Leacy, Scott Poole, Liam Campbell, Dawn McElliott) had a convincing victory over A4 (Dale Turner, Jenny Gregg, Jackson Casey, Renee Zylstra) 35-24.
In Pennants division, P4 (Brett Leacy, Alan Hillyard, Shannon Newton, Deb Noffke) were victorious over P3 (Rob Hardie, Jason Wickham, Andrew Gerry, Christen Payne) 35-23. What is in the water at the Leacy family home? Fantastic results Shirley and Brett.
P5 (Geoff Strube, Paul Tramacchi, Shelley Davison, Peter Childs) were lucky to take out their set against P6 (Don Robinson, Robyn Anderson, Rob Miller (res), Martin Payne), with only two games splitting the teams 26-24.
The last game of the night was very eventful, with P1 (Brian Doughty, Brent Illingworth, Steve Matthews, Shane Cella) defeating P7 (Glenn Findlay, Ruban, Alan Rae, Brodie Klotz) 31-28.
After four sets, these two teams were all tied up with two sets each and at 17- all. After a rusty start, Brian and Steve were 4-0 down and made an excellent comeback after winning five games in a row to take the set out 7-5.
Brent and Shane also had their work cut out in the final set of the night, winning 7-6. Well done all.
There will be no fixtures tonight due to the junior tournament that is being played at Drinan Park. We will resume next week as per the regular playing schedule.
Thank you to all those who volunteered their time on the weekend to assist with our working bee. Your hard work is appreciated.
If anyone would like to come down to Drinan Park next Tuesday for a hit, we are starting up Tuesday night social tennis.
This is a great opportunity to have a hit in a friendly and social atmosphere (and perhaps to blow out some cobwebs if it's been a while).