The Korumburra-Phillip Island A Grade team came from fourth to win the Allambee Mirboo and District Tennis Association Premiership last Saturday at Leongatha. Going into the last mixed set, the scores were all square and the pairing of David Rooks and Anne Albert brought it home with an 8/4 victory over Travis McNamara and Bronwyn Williams. The members of the winning team are, from left, Anne Albert, Scott McIvor, Matt Pocklington, Nicole Walker, Robin Albert, Camille Morris and David Rooks. m301214
IT WAS grand final day in the Allambee Mirboo and District Tennis Association comp at Leongatha last Saturday and, on an exciting day of tennis, all finals came down to the last set.
There was something of a sensation in A Grade however, with the red-hot favourites, Inverloch, tipped out by Korumburra-Phillip Island who came from fourth place on the ladder, at the end of the home and away season, to claim the title.
Korumburra did the same thing in A Reserve, coming through from fourth to win the premiership while Leongatha North edged out Mardan to win B Grade.
In A Grade, the Inverloch ladies; Michelle Krohn, Bronwyn Williams and Angie Williams won their three sets 8-2, 8-2, 8-5 but the Burra-PI men; Matt Pocklington, Scott McIvor and David Rooks almost squared the ledger winning their sets 8-6, 8-5 and 8-1.
Just three games separated the teams going into the mixed sets.
Great tennis was the hallmark of the first mixed where Matt Pocklington and Nicole Walker were evenly matched against mother and son team Justin Krohn and Michelle Krohn.
Justin was serving superbly and Matt was controlling play around the net but it was also noticeable that Nicole returned serve well and Michelle hardly missed a beat in general play.
It came down to a tie breaker which was won comfortably in the end by Matt and Nicole.
Scott McIvor and Camille Morris made it all square in the match with an 8-6 win over Lucas McMillan and Angie Williams and, as usual, it came down to the last mixed.
David Rooks really controlled this match for Korumburra-Phillip Island and with the veteran Anne Albert playing her best tennis of the day, putting in some thrilling, cross-court drives, they came through with an 8-4 win, although the match was a lot closer than the final score suggests.
A Grade result: Korumburra/PI 6.57 def Inverloch 3.54
In A Reserve, Korumburra Longshots 6.54 def Outtrim 3.51.
Korumburra burra Longshots won the men’s sets and Outtrim won the ladies sets. Outtrim were six games up going into the mixed but this was down to five when Korumburra’s Greg Edwards and Donna O’Loughlin took the first mixed in a tiebreaker. The key result in the mixed was Neil Odgers and Ronda Castles winning their mixed 8-2, to give their team a one-game lead going into the last.
In a pressure-packed final set was won by Judy Blogg and Aiden Simmons with Aiden serving it out.
B Grade: Leongatha North 5.42 def Mardan 4.38
Well done to both teams in B Grade for putting on such a top match in the final and good to see all the young players enjoying the game. After the men’s and ladies’ sets, Leongatha North had a one-game lead. All three mixed sets were played together. Mardan won one mixed but Leongatha North won the other two sets and the match by four games.
The season was rounded out with a presentation night on Saturday night, featuring the presentation of ‘most games won’ trophies.
Results: A Grade men Justin Krohn from Inverloch, ladies Lauren Webb from Baromi. A Reserve men Steve Charlton from Koonwarra, ladies Rhonda Newton from Koonwarra. B Grade men Nick Argento from Mardan and ladies Elise Dowling from Leongatha North.
There were junior boys who filled-in for different teams sometimes as ladies. These include Jack Bainbridge, Vinnie Monaghan, Tristan Thomas, James Mercer, Will Littlejohn and Noah McColl. Well done to these boys.
Tournaments were held in January after the Christmas break. This different time was reasonably successful. B Grade was not very well supported and the committee is hoping clubs will try and gain extra teams to strengthen this grade for next season.