The conditions were perfect for Round 15 of Southern Ports Tennis this weekend and with the Australian Open on everyone was keen to get out and have a good hit.
A few surprising wins with Kingston getting the win over the Lucindale Wombats which won't have much effect on the ladder but Millicent/Beachport hitting some form to beat the Luc Roos has pushed them up another spot to 5th spot.
Again, the top 2 sides had convincing wins with Robe again only dropping four sets for the day which sees them only dropping 20 sets since we have returned after the Christmas break. They will be very hard to beat this year, I would suggest.
The Lucindale Cockatoos cemented their place at 2nd on the ladder with a solid win over the Lucindale Koalas 15 sets to 9.
The day was a big one for Jock McKay and Thomas Handbury, playing some long matches, culminating in a 10-8 set, where Tom got to partner with sister Lucy to beat Jock and Heidi Ware.
The number one men, Lachie Jones and Tim Durik also had a big hit out with lots of fantastic rallies and running, ending in a tie-break, where Lachie just managed to take the match.
Player of the day was Kate Gale, winning all her matches, and only dropping 2 games for the day!
Also of note Sile Legoe, also a three-match winner, only dropped 3 games for the day. Other winners of all their matches were Lachie Jones, Eliza Handbury, Thomas Handbury and Chandler Smart.
The Lucindale Roos hosted the Millicent/Beachport team with both teams missing a few players but on paper looked very evenly matched.
Both teams were hungry for the win to help their finals chances and it showed with it being 3 all after the mixed doubles.
The men's singles stayed tight with each team taking 3 each but the Millicent/Beachport ladies managed to win 4 out of the 6 to put them slightly in front going into the doubles. With Millicent/Beachport finding their grove they only dropped two doubles sets to come out victorious 14 sets to 10.
Leanne McCarthy (Luc Roos) and Lachie Lang (Beachport) had great matches all day with their mixed being a tie breaker and a 7-5 single both going Lang's way.
The top mixed double was a good battle with Melissa McGrath and Jake Harris winning 6-4 against Leanne Graetz and Tom McKinnon.
The bottom three singles for the ladies were all great matches with Millicent/Beachport ladies lucky to come out on top.
Three set winners for the day were Jake Harris, Tim Loveday, Darcy Bateman, Lachie Lang & Sally Bateman for Millicent/Beachport while Davey Sherwin, Joel Munro and Tegan won 3 for the Luc Roos.
The sun was shining in Robe for the grand final rematch and the day kick started off with a win from all mixed doubles going to the home team.
Stand out set was top firsts Egan and Kim winning in a tie break 11-9.
Singles in play and Egan continued his form, along with Jed both winning 6-2 against their formidable opponents.
A special mention to Jamie from Naracoorte upsetting Alex in a tie breaker. With doubles remaining Robe had a convincing lead, which they held strongly to win the day.
The Luc Wombats travelled to Kingston to face a strong Kingston line up with 4 women in the team and great to see Bianca Cunneen back on the courts! Kingston had a convincing win over the wombats 16 sets to 8.
At this end of the season every game is crucial and the next few weeks are going to be very nerve racking for some teams.
Match of the round this week will be the second and third placed teams going head to head.
The Lucindale Cockatoos will travel to face the Frances/Naracoorte team with the cockatoos being one game ahead and a slightly better percentage so I dare say the Frances/Naracoorte team will be on the hunt for a win.
I am tipping the Lucindale Cockatoos to just get over the line but I think it will be a very close day.
Other interesting games this round will be Naracoorte V Lucindale Roos, who will re-group and get back on the winner's board?
If the Roos let another one slip, they could find themselves slipping right down the ladder but this also depends on what the Lucindale Koala's do against Kingston.
Before this weekend I would have tipped the Koalas for the win but if Kingston can fill a similar team to this week they may be a chance for the win. This will be a cracking round and I look forward to hearing the results.
Robe v Millicent/Beachport at Robe
Naracoorte v Luc Roos at Naracoorte
Luc Koalas v Kingston at Lucindale
Frances/Naracoorte v Lucindale Cockatoos at Naracoorte
Lucindale Wombats - Bye
1. Robe Rebels 20; 2. Lucindale Cockatoos 16; 3. Frances/Naracoorte 14; 4. Lucindale Roo's 10; 5. Millicent/Beachport 8; 6. Lucindale Koalas 8; 7. Naracoorte 6; 8. Kingston 4; 9. Lucindale Wombats 4;
2021 Baker and Ey Shield
The 2021 Baker and Ey Shield was played in beautiful sunny conditions at the Lucindale Country Club on Sunday.
The courts were in great condition and the hospitality from the Lucindale Tennis was superb as always.
Mount Gambier and Districts Tennis Association and Southern Ports Tennis Associations were represented in this annual inter-association event.
The day featured some really great tennis matches particularly in the Ey Shield where there were many matches pushed into the tie-break. A special shout out to Max Robertson from Robe who played tie-breaks in all four of his matches.
Overall the Ey Shield was won by MGDTA 284 games over SPTA on 206 games.
The Baker Shield also saw some high level tennis, some great matches were played by the top men and women, however, Mount Gambier again proved too strong winning 294 games to 195.
It was great to see lots of junior players getting the opportunity to represent their Associations at the highest level. We look forward to promoting this event next year to see if we can make it bigger and better than ever!