Sale forfeits to Maffra in GPL

SALE forfeited its round three Gippsland Premier League tennis match to Maffra, while Bairnsdale Witch won the Bairnsdale derby.

The league terms and conditions for a team forfeit have Sale incurring a financial penalty. It is expected the club may impose a sanction on any responsible team member, or members.

WITH the competition’s top guns participating on opposite sides, Bairnsdale Witch defeated Bairnsdale Subway six rubbers to four.

Subway’s Aiden Fitzgerald and Nicholas McConville had a comfortable 8-1 win over James Cooper and Patrick Deery, but Stephanie Barnett countered for Witch with an equally comfortable win over Regina Virgo, 6-0 6-1.

Witch got its nose in front when Ryan Dobson and Chloe Downie cleared away after a close start to win 8-4 over Ben Crowe and Jayme Waites, but Subway responded when McConville overcame Deery 6-4 6-2.

Fitzgerald and Virgo took a thriller from Cooper and Barnett, 9-8, before Downie evened the score for Witch, 6-4 6-1 over Waites.

Deery and Dobson took Witch to a lead with their 8-6 win over McConville and Crowe, before Fitzgerald led Subway towards overall victory with a strong 6-4 6-1 victory over Cooper.

Dobson scored his best win against Crowe after splitting the first two sets 1-6 6-3 before taking the super tiebreak 10-5.

Barnett and Downie put the icing on the cake with an 8-4 victory over Virgo and Waites to a final result six rubbers, eight sets, 76 games to 4-7-71.

BOTH matches will be played at Bairnsdale on Saturday with Witch playing Sale and Subway meeting Maffra.