THE Port Lincoln Tennis Association Friday mixed competition played its first final with the elimination final.
The upset of the night was between minor premiers Rafa and fourth team Roger who had a blinder.
This week will see the first ever Friday night tennis grand final, which will also be a celebration for the end of season with players and spectators invited to come along and enjoy the barbecue, which will be fired up with a $5 charge for tea.
Roger 8 sets 75 games def Rafa 8 sets 69 games
In the doubles both teams got off to a great start with Andrew Cabot and Simon Hunt for Rafa getting over the line 7-3 in the tiebreak. Roger hit back with Mel Cummins and Leanne Johnston getting over the line in the tiebreak.
Roger had a two-game advantage going into the singles where Simon Hunt continued his form getting a win but then Roger’s Nic Bates, Brett Channon and Darryn Johnston all recorded wins. In the ladies Bonni Wheadon and Mel Cummins were impressive.
Rafa got some sets back through Kerry Cabot and Rachael Dowson but Roger was in the hot seat with a two-set advantage going into the mixed doubles.
When Brett Channon and Leanne Johnston got a win their team were on the brink of victory but Rafa rallied with Simon Hunt and Kerry Cabot putting winning convincingly, backed up by Matt Bailey and Gabby Leschen.
When Andrew Cabot and Julie Polkinghorne got home both teams had eight sets, requiring a count back. Roger booked their spot in the grand final by six games
Best players: Brett Channon and Kerry Cabot
Novak 13 sets 88 games def Stan 3 sets 43 games
Novak dominated the doubles winning all four. In the singles Stan got their first sets through Nicole Cocks and Craig Nisbet who were on fire. Novak controlled the rest of the singles with Tracy Honner a solid performer.
In the mixed doubles Craig Nisbet and Mikayla Montgomerie won a hard fought tiebreak but Novak won the remaining sets to book their grand final spot.
Grand final preview
Roger will take on Novak at Tennyson Terrace on Friday night in a cracker of a final between two teams that have worked hard to make the grand final.
Roger have a strong down the line men’s team who will be at full strength with Brett Channon and Darryn Johnston the wild cards.
Novak will be missing number one ace Nathan Beljon requiring their men’s team to step up.
In the women’s Novak will be calling on Jodie Hamilton-Reid and Berny McQuillan to give their team the edge. It will come down to the mixed doubles to determine the premiers.
Players and parents are reminded Thursday, March 30 will be the grand final starting at 5.30pm. This will be followed by tea with pizza donated by Domino’s Pizza. Parents are asked to bring a savoury or sweet. This will be followed by the annual general meeting with the committee looking for a secretary, treasurer and positions on the committee. Junior presentations will also be held. Everyone is welcome to attend the night to celebrate the end of the tennis season.
Nadal 7 sets 57 games def Djokovic 5 sets 53 games
With a berth in this year’s grand final up for grabs both teams were determined to give their all.
In the doubles both teams recorded two sets.
Singles match of the day was between Jaylen Cocks and Cindy Cabot who were at five-games all to force the tiebreak. With the scores locked at eight points, Cabot stepped up to win 10-8.
Thomas Cabot made a great comeback in his match to win in a tiebreak giving Djokovic the edge. Nadal’s Jack Bradford and Toby Casanova hit straight back with tiebreaks wins.
Lachie Green dominated for Djokovic winning his match convincingly but Nadal fought hard with wins to Ashlee Cocks and the Bradford boys and booked their spot in the grand final.
Djokovic will have another crack this week in the preliminary final.
McDonald’s best player: Thomas Bradford
Stosur 8 sets 50 games def Federer 4 sets 40 games
In the elimination final both teams were keen to keep their finals hopes alive.
In the doubles both teams had two wins each with Federer taking a three-game advantage into the singles. Marc Hanning and Monique Rayfield won their singles and Lochie Day played a marathon match winning in the tiebreak, giving Stosur some confidence.
Angus Wheadon dominated his match which was backed up by Mitchell Bailey and when Thomas Westcott won his match they were home with the win and a spot in the preliminary final.
McDonald’s best player: Caleb Johnston
Monday night grand final
This Monday night will see the final match for the year for the men’s competition in both divisions.
Cruz Contractors will play Gil, Penfold and Kelly in the grand final. Cruz Contractors have been the front runners for many years and go into the final as hot favourites being undefeated all season.
In doubles things can change very quickly so after a snapshot last week of who will take to the court Gil Penfold and Kelly will be keen to up the ante.
The play off for third and fourth between Eyre Eye Centre and The Fresh Fish Place will come down to the last round.
The Pier Hotel will play Terry White Chemist in this grand final. The Pier Hotel was unlucky to miss a spot in the division one and have recorded solid wins.
Terry White Chemist have a revamped team with players relocating and injured.
This will be a great match with both teams evenly matched. Whoever takes the early advantage will take out the final.
In the play off for third and fourth Sportspower Superstore will play Shepperds Building Services with both teams keen to finish with a win.