Sport

Plovers fight back

By Benalla Ensign

After coming off a loss to ladder-leader Possums in round seven, a fired-up Plovers fought back to post a courageous victory over Wallabies in round eight of A-grade pennant competition last week.

Confronted with the prospect of bowing out of the finals race, Plovers came back hard, with Mick Kelly playing at his brilliant best to lead his team to a 3-2 victory over the higher-ranked Wallabies.

He won both singles in an inspirational performance to ease Plovers back into fourth spot on the ladder.

He had strong support from Daniel Dokka, who teamed well with Kelly to snare the doubles in a dramatic 21-23, 21-16, 21-19 marathon.

Wallabies’ Ashley Duns and Rob Erskine were in top form to win a singles each, but unfortunately struck Kelly at his best.

In another close contest, Rosellas put in an outstanding performance to post a 3-2 victory over Echidnas in a high-standard affair.

Adrian Squires was the standout, playing impressively to win both singles in straight sets. He then teamed with Michelle Feldtmann to score a 20-22, 21-16, 21-19 come-from-behind doubles victory to get the team over the line.

Top-team Possums showed off their brilliance with a convincing 5-0 victory over an out-of-form Kookaburras.

Cooper Irwin and Stephen Lane were all class, completely outplaying their opposition to win all their matches in style.

Meanwhile, an excited Taipans unit followed on from their win in the previous round to score a comfortable 4-1 victory over the more-fancied Owls.

Veteran, Col Exton showed what the game is all about, defying the opposition to win both singles in tough three setters.

He was unbeatable on the backhand side and successfully mixed speed and control into his game plan in a superb performance.

Teammate Gavan Crothers was in fine touch, winning a singles before combining with Exton for a straight-sets doubles victory.

B-grade

A determined Redbacks outfit had to produce their best to hold off Wombats, finally prevailing for a hard-fought 3-2 victory.

John Spencer produced exceptional form to account for a singles in style.

Teammate Pauline Hooper gave a sparkling display to win a tight singles clash before pairing with Spencer for a comfortable doubles victory.

Ray Grant was the star of the match, playing strongly to claim both singles in tough contests.

Ladder-leader Numbats put on an outstanding display to edge out Mozzies for a close 3-2 victory.

Carol Perry continued her good form, playing with purpose to win both singles in easy fashion.

She had strong support from Sienna Irwin who was in fine touch to win the deciding singles to seal the match.

In another close contest, Nicole Irwin led Bullants to a thrilling 3-2 victory over Eagles.

She was at her best in winning both singles in a superb performance.

She was strongly supported by Heather Crawford who rose to the occasion, combining well with Irwin for a straight-sets doubles victory to take the match. Henning Aretz and Matt Parkinson played well for Eagles, taking a singles each in style.

Frogs were on top of their game to overcome Gliders for a tough 4-1 victory.

While Brian Perry showed glimpses of his old form to win both singles, Kaleb Lissenden was enjoying his hard-fought singles victory in a fine performance.

They teamed well to take out the doubles in a tight match.

C-grade

Crickets just held out a determined Koalas for a close 3-2 victory.

Jackson Squires starred, winning both singles clashes before joining forces with Ann Degan for a close three-set doubles victory.

Rae Spencer and Geraldine Moloney played strongly to win a singles each.

Hawks just held out Doves in a tight clash, eventually winning 3-2.

Paul Watson was in top form to account for both singles, before teaming with Archer Irwin for a closely fought doubles win. Kaye Grosser and Elliot McCallum played extremely well to win a singles each for Doves.

A chirpy Magpies unit had an easy 5-0 victory over Falcons, with Helen Sharp and Andrea Cathcart performing well to win all their matches comfortably.