Flying start for Eagles

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Legal Eagles have posted back to back wins to start the 2020 Twilight Tennis competition.

In the second round of the competition, the Eagles faced off against the Peppin Planners in a match that came down to the wire on Wednesday.

The Eagles defeated Peppin 15 to 12, only splitting the game difference by three (124 to 121).

Peppin men’s doubles gave their team the early lead despite some close matches with Jon Gatacre and Andrew Ritchie narrowly taking the first set in a tie-breaker against Mark Ritchie and Michael Williams.

Peppin finished the men’s doubles with a six set to four lead. 

Eagles’ women  were too dominant for their opposition for a second week in a row taking their set totals five to one.

The Eagles fought for every set, narrowly dropping one in a tie-breaker. 

The match saw the sets nine to seven in favour of the Eagles heading into the mixed and spin and despite some resilient tennis from Peppin, Eagles took the sets six to five.

Three set winners on the night were Rick Bond, Naomi Ritchie, Jane Thomson and Felicity Dye for the Eagles while Peppin’s Gatacre, Ritchie, Harley Moore and Hugh Landale all won their three sets. 

Ryan Wharton winds up for a big forehand.

Mitre 10 bounced back from a close loss last week to take a commanding first win of the season.

Mitre 10 and Agspares battled it out, with the former taking out the night 19 sets to eight, largely due to the dominant display of doubles.

Mitre 10 was yet again left short-handed with the side’s number two Dan Hughes nursing a leg injury.

Agspares also had a team shuffle in the top order with number one Rob Wettenhall not in the line-up.

Despite Bill Dudley’s best efforts, securing his two men’s doubles matches for Agspares, Mitre 10 were too mighty, taking the sets eight to two.

The ladies continued the onslaught for Mitre 10 with more dominant tennis that saw the sets go five to one to Mitre 10.

With a 13 to three lead going in to the mixed and spin, it was going to take a forceful comeback from Agspares and with 11 sets on offer, a win was not completely off the cards.

It was not to be however with the final sets extending Mitre 10’s lead, winning the mixed and spin six to five. 

Mitre 10 had a whole team effort on the night with seven total three set winners, Ben Chartres, Benjy Pisasale, Vic Wittaker, Aiden Dellar, Georgia Denny, Lauren Bond and Bella Landale.

Agspares were unable to secure any three set winners on the night. 

Agspares will face off against Peppin and the Eagles will take on Mitre 10 in tomorrow night’s round three match up.