Winter tennis finals

DOUBLES: Claire Smith and Natalie Rowsell won A grade ladies doubles championship last weekend. Club coach David Ridland presented the prize. Photo: supplied

DOUBLES: Claire Smith and Natalie Rowsell won A grade ladies doubles championship last weekend. Club coach David Ridland presented the prize. Photo: supplied

GOULBURN Tennis Club’s winter competition finals were played on September 19.

All players throughout their grades can be proud of themselves knowing they battled through a testing Goulburn winter competing at a high level, even though often it was cruelly cold.

Despite the cold the Ladies A3 final was a hotly contested match between Brooke McClelland and Amy Croker against Toni Rudd and Belinda Masters, Amy and Brooke had the competitive edge having three players on their side of the court due to Amy being pregnant. Toni and Belinda won the match 6-3, 6-3.

Both teams had a lot of fun with entertaining rallies full of cracking double fisted ground strokes from Brooke and Amy found the right angles.

Consistent serving paired with dominant volleys came from Toni and Belinda, who are really playing very well together. A stellar effort from Belinda during the winter competition put her into three finals..

The cream of Men's A3 rose to the top in the final match between Wade Rowsell and Rotash Salin against the young upward climbers Jarrod Hunt and Callum Western.

Tash was flicking the ball with precision . Although we can make a judgement that Jarrod got his height from his father the verdict is still out on the whereabouts of his sporting talent has sprung from making a great partner for the accurate flat server in Callum. These two have been putting the hours in on court and has been great to see them often enjoying a hit.

The first set went to a tie breaker with Wade and Tash sneaking through to claim it. They maintained rhythm and won the match 6-4. It was great to see Jarrod and Callum really going for their shots and they were unlucky not to win.

"I was playing like Cinderella out there tonight, I just couldn't get to the ball" a disappointed Callum told us. Tash has been a fantastic addition to our club and we hope to see him back soon.

In the Ladies A2 Final Linda Cooper helped Belinda Masters claim a second victory in the finals beating Rhea McLaughlin and Letita Webb 6-5, 6-1 in a fast paced match.

The Men's A2 was a grudge match to behold when Gordon Mattley and Matt Sexton took on Sean Haynes and Jason Granger held on the Top Shot Photography arena, a solid rivalry between Matt and Jason, normally partners in the men's A doubles.

Matt said they felt like "The underdogs" going into the match as they were beaten by Sean and Jason two weeks prior and also "knowing he had to carry the old fella (Gordon)". Matt, although having a deranged opinion of his partner, settled in well hitting consistently from the first serve. Sean and Jason took the first set confidently 6-2, but allowed the opposition to take control losing the second set 3-6, Gordon and Matt full of confidence went on to finish the final set 1-6.

In the Mens A1 final John Lyttle and Rob Naismith took on Jack Grey and Michael Denney.  Waves of drizzle almost forced the players into the clubhouse a couple of times and made the balls heavier then usual. This was particularly advantageous for Jack and Michael's game allowing them to hit with speed hitting 69 winners to 51. John and Rob, despite being the reigning A1 champions, found themselves fighting off multiple break points in the first set. Jack and Michael gained the first set 6-1 and after 2 hours the first time finalists landed the last set 6-4 and the match.

The Ladies A grade came down to Ebony Cosgrove and Shay Willis against with Natalie Rowsell and Angela Gelea. Despite Shay and Angela being the lesser experienced players it wasn’t obvious. Both playing hard, flat ground strokes with rallies often ending in impressive winners. Ebony played well on the net, charging forward at every short ball. Natalie was serving well and did her best to dictate the rallies. Ebony and Shay won the match 6-3, 6-3 in a very entertaining match. The finalists were thrilled with the support from the Country Outfitters and keen to check out there quality family clothing, footwear and accessories.

The Goulburn Tennis Club Summer Competition started this week on October 10, the draw is on the website www.goulburntennisclub.webs.com  For any competition enquiries or if you are looking to get involved in our great club please contact Richard Hailston on 0421 743 989.

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