Bega Tennis Club's four finest in grand slam

The Bega Tennis Club season has finished after the night competition finals last week. 

The four finals were played under perferct conditions with Grant Smith, Howard Blacker, Barry Blacka and Alison Faulkner’s teams winning their divisions. 

Grant Smith led the LJ Hooker team to victory against Mark Irvin’s Tarra Motors outfit 31-25 in division one’s major clash. 

Craig Chauvier and Irvin picked up an early 6-2 win, while the second set bounced back 6-4 to Smith and Willington, but were still trailing by two games. 

At the halfway mark Tarra Motors were looking to upset the minor premier with a three-game lead. 

However, LJ Hooker lifted and claimed the final three sets 6-2, 6-3 and 6-4 to run out the comfortable winner. 

Howard Blacker was well backed up by his Top Video team-mates to win the division two final in an upset over Richard Johnston’s Pell Rixon team. 

Johnston’s outfit finished the season as undefeated minor premier and were favourites leading into the clash. 

Nick Lambourn was named man of the match as he won three sets for Top Video in fine form 6-4, 6-3 and 6-2. 

Blacker and Sam Johnston combined to claim the final set 6-3 and secure the win. 

In division three the bookies were on the money, with competition favourites Stowe Australia led by Barry Blacka scoring a narrow win over Mal’s Pizza Bite 29-23. 

Mal’s got an early 6-3 set win, but were set back by a second set flogging 1-6. 

Mal’s were in title contention at the halfway mark, but that’s where it ended as Stowe slammed home in the final three sets 6-2, 6-3 and 6-5 to wrap up the season undefeated and with the title.  

Meanwhile, in division four the TLE Bega team led by Alison Faulkner came into the final as minor premier and proved far too strong for the Caltex Energy team led by Duncan Weeks. 

The opening two sets could have gone either way with TLE picking up narrow 6-4 wins in both. 

Faulkner consolidated with her number two to claim a 6-0 win in the third to be 10 games in front at the half. 

Faulkner and her team rallied around the morale boosting figures and posted another three set wins to convincingly claim the honours 36-19.

Trophies were presented at the end of play and all the competitors enjoyed some refreshments after their games. 

Nomination sheets are on the club notice board for all tennis players who want to play in next year’s competitions. 

The club will run social/grading nights on the last two Wednesdays of January. 

The club is also seeking interested volunteers for the committee and to run night tennis competitions. 

Contact the club for more information. 

Organisers thanked Tulgeen Disability Services and team sponsors for making this year’s competitions so successful.

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