Champions begin with win

MAFFRA began the defence of its Gippsland Premier League tennis title with victory at home against Bairnsdale Subway on Saturday.

Maffra won seven of the 10 rubbers.

Maffra’s win was set-up in the singles, winning four of the five rubbers through Natalie Allman, Megan Harrison, Jake Weir and Jamie Kemp. The only blemish came when Mitch Allman lost a match tiebreak to Aiden Fitgerald after they each won a set.

Jamie Kemp, Natalie Allman and Jake Weir won their singles matches in straight sets for Maffra against Nick McConville, Viv Cadd and Alex Trett respectively.

Maffra’s Megan Harrison defeated Jayme Waites in a match tiebreak.

Mitch Allman and Kemp combined to defeat Fitzgerald and McConville in the doubles 8-6, before Allman and Weir overcame McConville and Trett 8-6, while Weir and Harrison defeated Trett and Waites 8-5.

Bairnsdale’s Cadd and Waites were too good for Natalie Allman and Harrison, 8-0, while Fitzgerald and Cadd defeated Kemp and Natalie Allman 8-4.

SALE lost its opening match at home to Bairnsdale 2, seven rubbers to three.

Bairnsdale won two of the five singles rubbers and four of the five doubles.

THIS Saturday, both matches will be played at Bairnsdale with Maffra meeting Bairnsdale 2 and Sale playing Bairnsdale Subway.