Bega ladies tennis has 'deucy' finish

THE Bega Tennis Club’s Thursday ladies competition played its finals last week. 

Shiralee Balcomb’s team claimed the division one title, while Angie Hobbs’ team took the crown in division two. 

Organisers said the matches were played in good spirits and the winners weren’t known until the final sets. 

Shiralee’s team was favourite to win the division one pool, but faced some stiff competition from Lynne Balcomb’s team from the outset. 

The first two sets went 6-4 with both teams taking a win. 

Shiralee combined with Cat Vaughan to take advantage of a 6-3 match, and Rebecca Whyman and Kristie Sale won another 6-3 to edge out a narrow lead. 

However, playing some consistent tennis Lynne and Susan Bassett scored a 6-4 win to keep games within four at the final set. 

Whyman paired up Vaughan and secured the win for their team 32-27 with a close 6-5 win over Melinda Armstrong and Alison Randall. 

The division two final was also hotly contested. 

Angie Hobbs took a 6-3 loss at the hands of Mayda Jamieson and Tracey Byrnes, which they consolidated with a 6-4 win. 

However, Hobbs combined with Sharon Troy to score a 6-0 win and put their squad one game in front, but the lead quickly changed hands again as Jamieson and Byrnes scored a 6-1 win. 

A solid 6-4 game to Dianna McPaul and Troy kept things in check, with just two games separating the teams. 

Hobbs then combined with Troy to claim the win with an outstanding 6-1 match to finish the night. 

Organisers said it was good to see all the players in good spirits as they enjoyed afternoon tea at the presentations. 

Special awards were presented to Susan Bassett and Tracy Byrnes as winners of the most games in division one and two respectively. 

Players thanked event manager Kim Tarlinton for her support. 

The competition will return on July 17  with an open day for all existing and new players. 

Games run from 9am to about 12.30pm each Thursday at the Bega courts. 

Anyone interested in joining the competition is urged to contact Kim Tarlinton on 6492 0935 or for more information contact Melanie Lockerbie on 0488 130 800.

A second social ladies session is on the cards for July 24 to coincide with the Margaret Underhill Memorial doubles. 

Underhill was a well respected member of the club, who took part in club competitions for many years in Bega. 

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