Back on the tennis court

Kristie Walters (Supplied)

It was back to the court this for Tuesday’s midweek women’s competition and it was a magnificent day to kick off the new season.

Section 1 has a new look this season with only one team from Geelong Lawn, with a mix of players from the two winter teams and Ocean Grove having two teams, with the section 2 premiers from winter joining the ranks with Phillipa Hendry rejoining her old team.

Ocean Grove White won’t go without however, with Alison Lugg moving from Surfcoast Bellbrae to fill the hole.

On Tuesday, while the final score didn’t show it, Ocean Grove Blue played well against Barwon Heads in their introduction to section 1.

The team went down five sets to one, however, in two of their sets they went down 7-5 and in a tie-break, so with a little more luck and time under

their belts, they may see this turn around.

Moriac also had a 5-1 win this week over Highton away from home.

The team has remained relatively unchanged, and the team eased themselves into the new season playing the maximum six players with Bridget Laird, Charlotte Wilson, Fiona Blood and Sue Maibaum all winning their two sets, while Leonie Amerena and Kerrie Browne took the one set for


Ocean Grove White posted a 4-2 win over Surfcoast Torquay at home, although the result could have been quite different. Alison Lugg and Di Pay took an early lead to go 4-1 up against Simone Hobbs and Megan Williams, before Torquay fought back to five-all, but White steadied taking the set 7-5.

In the third set White’s Susan Bissett and Judi Broad came back from 5-2 down to push Bronwyn Misfud and Donna Schoenmaekers to a tie-break, and after both teams had match points, White eventually won though 9-7.

The final match of the day was a grand final rematch between Geelong Lawn and Surfcoast Bellbrae, again at Bellbrae.

The home team started well taking the first two sets 6-3 and 6-2, but things got tight in the third and fourth with Kristie Walters and Marg Leigh coming through in a tough fought 7-5 for Bellbrae, while team mates Jayne Steel and Lyn Dillon eked out a tie-break win.

Lawn got better as the day went on, and improved the scoreline with Karen Best and Georgie Parker taking the fifth 6-1 while Jill Pavia and Sarah Van

Newkirk Connor finished off the day winning 6-3, leaving Bellbrae with the win, and a lot of interest for the rematch in round eight.

Donna Schoenmaekers