Scorching heat keeps most off courts

February 14, 2017

Strong in defeat: Cobram's Marika Newey battled hard in her sides loss to Shepparton Lawn Saints.

Good form: Shepparton Lawn Jets star Fergus Kearney played a brilliant singles match against Tatura Lawn Green's Corey Morse.

Goulburn Murray Lawn Tennis Association action only had five games played on Saturday as most were called off due to the heat.

With team captains able to mutually decide if games went ahead, limited matches were played in each division.

The three encounters in the top flight did not go ahead, letting a top two contest between Shepparton Hornets and Tatura go begging.

In just one of two games played in GM2, Cobram produced a strong effort against Shepparton Lawn Saints.

While it remains without a win this season, Cobram still created a contest at the Saints’ home courts.

Cobram’s Marika Newey and Jackie Vogel found a way to win when taking on Esma Corbic and Andrea Muskee.

The two-game set win combined with Josh Bruni’s 6-1 defeat of Harry Crilly would be the side’s only set wins of the day.

The remainder of singles matches were one sided as Tyson Coombes, D’Arcy Curtis-McDonald and Corbic conceded just six games across the three sets.

While falling behind in singles, Cobram showed its competitive nature in doubles action.

Mario Bruni and Vogel came desperately close to defeating Saints’ duo Ronnie Havel and Muskee.

But the Shepparton pair kept a cool head on the steaming court to claim the set by just one game.

With Cobram’s determination to return each ball, the overall score was no blow out with the Saints 9-73 to 2-48 winners.

GM2’s other match had Tatura Lawn Green upset Shepparton Lawn Jets.

Sets were shared in the men’s doubles as Shepparton’s Fergus Kearney and Jason Pettie won their dual before Matthew Ashcroft and Alan Morse claimed one back for Tatura.

Helping Green to victory was its women, wwith the side gradually building a buffer in singles and doubles matches.

Katrina Lowden and Kate Godden seized on a break to take the points in their encounter as Godden and Linda Ashcroft combined for another win.

While the Jets reigned supreme in the men’s singles, the side ultimately went down 4-58 to 7-72.

Echuca South was far superior to the Kyabram Kamikazes in the GM3 west division with a 10-89 to 4-61 win.

South’s performance in the singles was the key to its win, taking set victories in all four encounters.

Just two games were conceded in singles matches as the club also proved its worth in the mixed doubles.

Third-placed Kialla Park almost snared a victory against GM3 west top side Tatura Green, but ultimately went down 6-77 to 8-91.

Green’s Ron Bourke played a hand in two big men’s doubles wins that pulled the game in his side’s favour.

A Tatura derby played out in GM4, with Green going up against Yellow.

Competing solely in doubles action, Yellow claimed bragging rights 8-86 to 4-63 with Nicole Morse and Stephanie Hicks among the winning side’s best.

●Meanwhile, extreme temperatures led to Shepparton District Tennis Association matches being called off.

With three rounds left until finals, Tallygaroopna has tied up first position in Pennant/A1 competition, with McEwen Reserve Gold sitting in second.

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