The sun was shining for round seven of Southern Ports tennis which made for a pleasantly warm day, but the wind on the other hand made the tennis interesting.
Robe can always put on a windy day, but I hear the wind was at its best on the weekend with skill execution proving very difficult, but I hear it provided lots of laughs!
The round proved to be a very one-sided affair across all matches with the match of the round even being a 19 sets to 5 win to the Lucindale Koalas.
With the top four teams securing easy wins there has been no movement on the ladder but the competition is heating up between the Lucindale Wombats, Lucindale Koalas and Millicent/Beachport who are sitting in second, third and fourth behind the powerhouse, Naracoorte.
Pretty quiet this week from around the courts but I did hear the match between the two number 1 women from Naracoorte and Kingston Crays being Poppy Moyle-Read and Bianca Cunneen was an absolute ripper match with Poppy getting there 8-6 in a tie-break.
I also watched the matched between the number one men at Furner between Jake Harris and Anthony McCarthy which was also a great match with many lengthy rallies from the base lines with Anthony winning that in a tie break.
It is great to have so much strength throughout our association as well as an importance on bringing the juniors through the ranks without forgetting the social side off course!
It was great to see some juniors getting their first senior games again this week, congratulations to James Buckett who even got a win on his debut.
The Lucindale Wombats were excited to head to the seaside to the always hospitable Robe Rebels. It was going to be a little tough for the Rebels who were missing their top lady, Tori Gluyas but they jumped right out of the starting blocks winning three of the first four mixed doubles.
The Wombats steadied managing to even the score in the last two mixed doubles matches. A solid 6-1 win for Russell Robinson who paired with Ethan Hocking in the mixed.
Matt Waugh and Lucy Handbury had a great battle against Paul Bobridge and Isabelle Sneath. This match going all the way to a tight tie-break.
Great tennis is watch from both sides. The singles were a bit of a one-sided affair with the Wombats showing why they are sitting nicely up in second spot on the ladder, winning 11 of the 12 singles. Nicole Hocking staged a come-back to get the win 7-5 over Sarah Laurie in a long battle.
The doubles were much closer, proving that a different skill set, and mind set is required in this format of the game. As always there were some great rallies to watch.
Jed and Paul were too strong for Brad and Matt, and Ben and Russell despite both winning their singles couldn't quite get there going down 7-9 to Jonny Agnew and James Kokiousis.
The wombats were too strong however in the remaining 4 doubles winning all four 9-5. The wombats too strong on the day winning 18-6.
Thanks to the Rebels for a great day, delicious afternoon tea as always, and icypoles for the kids kindly donated by the wonderful Andy Brown.
The Lucindale Koalas got a solid win over the Kingston Dolphins 19-5, in a great tennis atmosphere at Kingston.
The Koalas came out of the blocks well, winning five of the six mixed doubles. Stephen Edwards and Theresa Mules were the only winners in the mixed for Kingston, however their luck changed in the singles, with them both going down.
Stephen lost in a hard fought 5-7 against Chandler Smart. The best match of the singles was played between Shaun Mules and Tim Durik.
Where they fought it out in a tie-break with Timmy just getting the win.
In the men's and ladies' doubles, Kingston was only able to get the one win, where Jorja Mules was able to get her first win of the day pairing up with Laura Baker.
It was great to see juniors out and about again, in James Buckett's first ever game for Southern Ports he recorded a win, and Jock McKay has had a great season filling in, today winning all his matches convincingly only dropping 7 games for the day.
Other winners of all their matches were Tim Durik, Leanne Graetz, Adrian Maywald, Mark Buckett and Trevor Smart. With best player of the day Mark Buckett only dropping 5 games for the day.
Lucindale Cockatoos joined Millicent/Beachport at Furner for a great day out. The Cockatoos were missing a few players and couldn't get another win on the board with Millicent/Beachport being too strong for the day winning 18-6.
Millicent got the first jump winning 4 out of the 6 mixed doubles and then took control of the day after the singles.
Match of the day was the top men's single with Jake Harris (M/B) and Anthony McCarthy (Cockatoos) having a match that was full of long rallies and hard hitting with Anthony getting the edge and getting the win in a tie breaker.
Despite the score line it was a great day at Furner and thank you to cockatoos for an enjoyable afternoon.
In the match between Naracoorte and Kingston Crays, the mixed doubles produced two tie breaks, one for each team.
D Menzel/K Moyle-Read secured one set for Naracoorte over M Pinkerton/A Menz, while T Parker/N Crane put the Crays on the board early defeating W Malone/L Clyne. In the singles, the Naracoorte ladies continued their winning streak, securing all six singles.
The men's singles saw a tough battle between Mitchell Pinkerton and Daniel Menzel which Mitchell secured in a tie-break.
An untouchable George White also broke his curse defeating cousin Matt Menz, 6-4. However, match of the day was a hard hitting tussle between Bianca Cunneen and Poppy Moyle-Read on the show court. Bianca secured an early break to go up 3-1.
However, Poppy fought back bringing the game square again. At 6-6 all eyes were firmly on the front court. This time Poppy took an early lead, blitzing to 5-2.
Bianca was able to hit her way back to 6-6. After the change of ends, it was Poppy who was able to break serve to win the match 7-6(8-6).
With the day sealed away by Naracoorte, everyone enjoyed some doubles action. The father-son Malone duo won an entertaining match against A Stenner/T Parker.
While a surprise 9-2 upset by S Lehmann/N Crane over M Moyle-Read/L Clyne secured one final set for the Crays.
Naracoorte 19-157 defeated Kingston Crays 5-105.
The Eagles had a convincing win over the Roosters. Top performances on the day - Leanne Cameron, Kimberly Austin - Roosters and Flo Burgwin, Sarah Hinge, Sophie Ford, Peter Lawrie, Bob Williams and Angus McTaggart (Eagles).
What an exciting round eight will be with all matches, except one, being played at Lucindale for the annual Wimbledon Day with all players sporting the white attire while enjoying some Pimm's with strawberries and cream on the hill in-between matches.
I can't go past the match between Lucindale Koalas and Millicent/Beachport for match of the round with this being a top four clash.
The Koalas may have the edge being at home on the lawn but Millicent/Beachport will not want to drop this one so I think it will be a nail bitter to the end.
In the other matches I think the wins will go the way of Naracoorte, the Eagles and Wombats.
Lucindale Cockatoos will be back on grass which may give them a fighting chance against the Robe Rebels.