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TORRENS VALLEY TENNIS ASSOCIATION
Senior A/B results
Mt Torrens Red belatedly launched into 2017
with another dominant result in last Saturday’s
round of Torrens Valley senior A/B-grade tennis
After the previous round was cancelled due to hot weather,
Mt Torrens Red enjoyed the chance to get onto the court
for the first time this year, contesting a derby match against
Mt Torrens Black.
Despite only having seven players available, which was
something common with the Black opposition, Mt Torrens
Red came away with a strong but slightly unusual scoreline
result of 13 sets 80 game to a mere 21 games.
Once again it was the core group of Reds younger players
who dominated, with Robert Young, Dillon Cotton, Cam
Smart, Josh Harris, Cain Sumner and Emily Grafton all
winning their singles comfortably – only conceding four
games collectively along the way.
The top singles was by far the closest set with Eric
Harrison of the Reds lucky to come out with a 7-5 result in
his clash with a very determined Ben Wilhelm.
Unfortunately for Mt Torrens Black, the opposition didn’t let
up in the doubles sets, with mostly one-sided results, but
once again it was B. Wilhelm who won most of the games
for the Black team.
He firstly teamed up with twin brother James in the top
pairing against Harrison/Young, who were forced to save a
match point at 5-6 before taking it to a tie-break and finally
coming away seven points to four.
B. Wilhelm later combined with older brother Chris to take
on Harrison/Cotton, and despite trailing 5-0, managed to
get back into the match before the Reds pair eventually
managed to close out the set 6-4.
After missing the previous round through the cancellation,
Kersbrook were eager to go against the visiting young
Woodside Blue combination last Saturday.
Kersbrook started well by winning three of the opening
four doubles sets.
Woodside’s set came in the top set where the youth of
Daniel Schoell and experience of Darren Lee made short
work of Kersbrook opponents Adam Wake and Travis
White, winning 6-1.
The singles contests mostly went Kersbrook’s way, as
the home team won six sets. Kersbrook’s Brad Pearce
continues to impress, defeating Matt Owen 6-0.
The most interesting set of the afternoon was between
Brett Norsworthy and Tom Casey.
Despite suffering the effect of an outing the previous night,
Norsworthy managed to drag himself out onto court and
claim a 6-3 victory for the Brookers.
Kersbrook’s two ladies Ebony Leslie and Renee Cronk
both scored easy wins, while Darren Lee had a good
performance for Woodside Blue, winning all his three sets
and conceding only three games in the process.
Ultimately Kersbrook were able to take a confidence
boosting 12-76 to 4-43 result.
The other scheduled match resulted in Mt Pleasant
receiving a forfeit from Woodside Red.
Mt Torrens Black played host to Cudlee Creek in the first
match back for 2017.
At the end of the morning, Cudlee Creek snared a
7-42 to 2-29 victory following some great contests and
sportsmanship displayed by all players.
Cudlee Creek’s dynamic combination of Alex Kenley/Scott
Casey-Foster had a hard-fought 6-3 win in the doubles
against the Burgess brothers.
Casey-Foster then came from trailing 4-2 to take his
singles against Jayden Burgess
Mitchell Kenley and Dylan Burgess fought out a great
close set, with both players displaying great improvement
before Kenley took the win 6-5.
Will Levinson and Harry Bedford took a win for Mt Torrens
Black in the doubles and Bedford went on to grab his
singles to register two sets for the home side.
Gumeracha hosted Kersbrook, with the visitors keen to
continue their impressive season.
Kersbrook started well by winning the opening three
Two close results were the second and third doubles,
with Kersbrook’s Aish James-Wake and Lily Bergman up
against Tristan Edwards/Mitchell Smyth.
It was a fluctuating contest the entire way with Kersbrook
eventually winning 6-5.
The third doubles was also very tight with Charlotte
Edwards/Lachlan Butterworth defeating Caitlin Smyth/
Tamsyn Edwards 6-1.
Kersbrook’s good form continued as it won most singles,
with C. Smyth getting Gumeracha’s only victory in defeating
C. Edwards 6-2.
Kersbrook concluded a productive morning with a solid
8-50 to 1-21 triumph.
By Ross Wall
“It even hurts to blink”.
“I only turned up after day one
because the pain associating with
texting ‘unavailable’ would have been
“What were we thinking?”
“My shoulder hates me”.
“I shouldn’t hurt there, should I?”
Four Heathfield High School staff
decided to pursue the ‘Be Active, Have
a Go’ motto at the recent Country
Carnival Tennis Tournament held at
The unlikely combination of a
cricketer, a compulsive talker, a
geriatric and someone who once had
claims of being a good junior player
slugged it out in oppressive heat
against ‘real’ players from various SA
Each of the quartet brought special
talents to the occasion which enabled
them to be competitive in all matches
Scott Madsen came equipped with
excellent hand-eye coordination and a
sense of ‘mongrel’.
Matt Dawe delivered an unwavering
sense of competitiveness and a
running commentary on every point.
In fact, as he played on the main
court one evening, the performing
music duo requested that he keep
the noise down so the relaxing crowd
could actually hear what they were
Dave Bennett delivered some
excellent cover drives, consistent
unpredictability and innumerable
requests seeking tips on how to
Madsen’s advice was simple ... “when
we play doubles together, stay out of
Despite the diverse specialities of
each team member, all experienced
doubles and singles success,
including a team victory over Great
Unfortunately, these achievements
came at a price.
Bennett explaining to his vanquished
opponent that he had never played
competitive tennis before may have
caused an already devastated victim
to reconsider his sporting future.
Dawe is driven by bragging rights and
in his desire to be the most successful
player in his team, he will do anything
to stay in a point.
Despite experiencing absolutely zero
success with the strategy, he would,
in desperation, hurl his racquet at any
ball which his opponent sent wide of
his ample frame.
Three spectators were treated for
head injuries and Dawe received
an official warning for wearing light
colored shorts which highlighted
massive areas of dampness.
By the end of the carnival every mens
team in the division had experienced a
post-match socialisation session with
the Heathfield team.
They became well versed in the
benefits of gambling on multiples,
including Russian womens ice hockey,
bizarre and exotic pre and post-game
stretches, various ways to obtain two
for one deals at the bar, and the art
of generating excuses to escape the
In the end, no strings or racquets
were broken, no muscles damaged
beyond recognition, some success
was achieved and a passing reference
made to what could be occurring at
the same time in 2018.
“Like child birth ... after a while you
forget about the pain and thus there is
a danger you will decide to do it again”.
Red continue hot form
Macclesfield launched into 2017
with another solid display in last
Saturday’s round of Onkaparinga
Tennis Association competition.
Continuing its fine form prior to the
Christmas recess, Macclesfield were in
impressive touch in the Round 12 home
match to record a 13 sets 100 games to
three sets 45 games win over Kangaroos.
Macclesfield got off to a handy advantage
as it claimed all four opening doubles sets,
although Kent Baraglia/Ashley Sneesby
were forced into a tie-breaker before
downing Kangaroos pair Rob Wainwright/
Tracy Pope at the top of the order.
The home side continued to stamp
authority through the singles contests,
although Kangaroos did manage to
break through for some success as Pope
downed Jeff Howarth 6-1, and Joylene
Edwards accounted for Judy Clarke 6-4 .
Edwards was also a part of the visitors’
third victory of the afternoon, partnering
Rob Edwards to a 7-5 win in the mixed
doubles over Corey Daykin/Clarke.
Strathalbyn also produced a strong result
last Saturday, overpowering Clarendon
14-96 to 2-32.
Macclesfield 13-100 d
Mens doubles: K. Baraglia/A. Sneesby v
R. Wainwright/T. Pope 9-8; J. Howarth/C.
Daykin v R. Edwards/T. Peters 9-0.
Womens doubles: A. Shepherd/S.
Baraglia v B. Christian/S. Christian 9-1;
J. Clarke/G. Tregaskis v J. Edwards/B.
Mixed doubles: K. Baraglia/A. Shepherd
v B. Christian/R. Wainwright 6-1; J.
Howarth/S. Baraglia v T. Pope/S. Christian
6-2; C. Daykin/J. Clarke v R. Edwards/J.
Edwards 5-7; P. Baraglia/G. Tregaskis v T.
Peters/B. Peters 6-2.
Singles: K. Baraglia v R. Wainwright 6-1;
A. Sneesby v R. Edwards 6-1; J. Howarth
v T. Pope 1-6; C. Daykin v T. Peters 6-1; A.
Shepherd v B. Christian 6-0; S. Baraglia
v. S. Christian 6-1; J. Clarke v J. Edwards
4-6; G. Tregaskis v B. Peters 6-2.
Teachers walk the talk
Kersbrook 12-76 d Woodside Blue 4-43.
Singles: A. Wake v D. Schoell 1-6; T. White v D. Lee 0-6;
D. Wake v D. McMahon 6-3; B. Norsworthy v T. Casey
6-3; B. Pearce v M. Owen 6-0; B. Wake v C. Cole 6-1; E.
Leslie v K. Owen 6-3; R. Cronk v T. Bampton 6-0.
Doubles: A. Wake/T. White v D. Schoell/D. Lee 1-6; D.
Wake/B. Norsworthy v D. McMahon/T. Casey 6-3; B.
Pearce/B. Wake v M. Owen/C. Cole 6-3; E. Leslie/R.
Cronk v K. Owen/T. Bampton 6-0.
Mixed Doubles: A. Wake/D. Wake v D. Schoell/D.
McMahon 6-2; T. White/B. Norsworthy v D. Lee/T. Casey
2-6; B. Pearce/E. Leslie v M. Owen/K. Owen 6-0; B.
Wake/R. Cronk v C. Cole/T. Bampton 6-1.
Mt Torrens Red 13-80 d Mt Torrens Black 0-21.
Singles: E. Harrison v B. Wilhelm 7-5; R. Young v J.
Wilhelm 6-1; D. Cotton v C. Wilhelm 6-0; C. Smart v E.
Mattchoss 6-1; J. Harris v D. Pym 6-0; C. Sumner v S.
Turner 6-2; E. Grafton v M. Fendler 6-0.
Doubles: E. Harrison/R. Young v B. Wilhelm/J. Wilhelm
7-6; D. Cotton/C. Smart v C. Wilhelm/E. Mattchoss 6-0; J.
Harris/C. Sumner v D. Pym/S. Turner 6-0.
Mixed Doubles: E. Harrison/D. Cotton v B. Wilhelm/C.
Wilhelm 6-4; R. Young/C. Smart v J. Wilhelm/E.
Mattchoss 6-2; J. Harris/E. Grafton v D. Pym/M. Fendler
Mt Pleasant d Woodside Red (forfeit).
Kangaroos team member Rob Wainwright focuses up the court as he
prepares to return a backhand during last Saturday’s Onkaparinga
Tennis Association senior match against a hosting Macclesfield
Top ranked Macclesfield man Kent Baraglia posted wins in each of
his three sets to assist his team to a convincing win over Kangaroos in
Saturday’s Onkaparinga Tennis fixture.
Experiencing some lessons during the recent SA Country
Carnival Tennis Tournament held at Memorial Drive were
Heathfield High School staff members (from left) Dave Bennett,
Scott Madsen, Ross Wall and Matt Dawe.
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