Sale outclassed by Witch

BAIRNSDALE Witch was uncompromising in hosting Sale during round four of Gippsland Premier League tennis on Saturday.

The home side won eight rubbers to two.

Steph Barnett opened Witch’s account with a strong 6-0 6-2 win over Lexi Joyce, followed by James Cooper and Callum Tomlinson-Dale winning 9-7 over Abe and Cohen Schuback.

Patrick Deery paired with newcomer Karlee Ingram for Witch to defeat Bayley Hill and Paige Wilson 8-4 before Tomlinson-Dale overcame Cohen Schuback 6-3 6-0 to establish an almost unassailable lead.

Cooper and Barnett secured the overall win with a solid 8-4 victory over Abe Schuback and Joyce.

Wilson opened Sale’s account in a close tussle against Ingram, 7-6 6-2, but Tomlinson-Dale and Deery were too strong for Cohen Schuback and Hill, winning 8-1.

Abe Schuback won the closest rubber of the day in overcoming the improving Cooper 10-3 in a super tie-break after splitting the sets 6-2 5-7.

Barnett and Ingram righted the ship for Bairnsdale in a classy rubber, defeating Joyce and Wilson 8-6. Deery rounded the day off win a 6-0 6-3 win over Hill.

BAIRNSDALE Subway upset Maffra at home with a six rubbers to four win.

Maffra’s Natalie Allman got a shock against another newcomer to GPL, Bernadette O’Farrell, after taking a tight first set 6-4 only to give up the second 4-6 before taking the super tiebreaker 10-1.

When Mitchell Allman and Jamie Kemp accounted for Aiden Fitzgerald and Nick McConville 8-4, Maffra looked set for a good day.

Ben Cowe and Jayme Waites got Subway off the mark with an 8-3 win over Liam Seymour and Megan Harrison, and then McConville crept over the line in a top class rubber over Kemp, 6-3 2-6 (10-7).

Fitzgerald and O’Farrell drew their team ahead with a 8-4 victory over Mitchell and Natalie Allman, only to see Harrison put Maffra back level in a tough 7-6 6-4 encounter against Waites.

Kemp and Seymour put Maffra in front after an 8-4 win against McConville and Crowe, but Fitzgerald outlasted Mitchell Allman 6-4 7-6 in a beauty, then O’Farrell and Waites defeated Natalie Allman and Harrison 8-5.

Crowe showed improved form and took Subway to victory, winning 7-6 6-1 against Seymour.

THERE will be no play in the GPL this Saturday with Bairnsdale Tennis Club hosting its 65th annual Labour Day weekend tournament.

In round five the following week, Maffra will host top side Bairnsdale Witch, and Sale will be at home against Bairnsdale Subway.