THE CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS SERVING IT UP: Parkes tennis players (pictured from left) Helen Magill, Helen Standen, Maddye Potts and Hannah Potts after the championship. Photo: CONTRIBUTED
It was a warm day on Sunday for the club championship doubles and mixed doubles events – but that didn’t stop players from producing somescorching tennis on court.
Capping a remarkable year for the gun tennis ace, Luke Evans showed why he is a long way ahead of the rest in regards to doubles prowess when he put on a master class display of serving and net play to be the stand-out in the A grade division.
Luke partnered with Andrew Pigram and they easily accounted for Mark Ritchie and Julian Fyfe.
The in-form pair then had to play young guns Jake Magill and Ben Evans, who thought they had Luke and Piges measure this year.
After a confident start Jake and Ben took the opening set 6/3 but then Luke stepped up and guided partner Andrew to a 6/1 second-set win.
Up 5/1 in the third set and seemingly in cruise control,Luke and Andrew put thebrakes on and lost the next two games before recharging and taking the third set and, ultimately,the title 6/3.
The Helens, in the form of Standen and Magill, took on the Potts sisters, Maddye and Hannah.
There were plenty of rallies but the years of extra experience under the Helens’ belts proved too deadly a combination for the young sisters, the former controlling the clash to eventually go on and scorea 6/2, 6/1 win.
As it has been over many years, the A grade mixed was thought to be a close affair with Ben Evans partnering Phoebe Potts, Jake Magill teaming with Hannah Potts and the old guard of Luke Evans and Helen Magill taking to the court in an attempt to defend their title.
In irresistible touch, Luke, once again, showed his dominance and had all opponents in a tangle trying to manage the spin on his serve and his reach at the net.
It proved very fruitful, too, with Luke and Helen coming up trumps in the final 6/3, 6/1 against Jake and Hannah.
In the B grade section it was Abbey Kennedy who proved to be the outstanding player on Sunday, claiming both the ladies doubles partnering Holly McColl and mixed doubles, with James Beuzeville on her side of the court.
The B men’s doubles was the closest of all the divisions with a three-way tie on wins, with the ensuing countback between Jason McKinnon and Andrew Skinner, Brenden Weekes and James Beuzevilleand Logan and Taylor Dolbel sending organisers into a spin.
In the end, after thorough officiating, brothers Dolbel were the victors on 26 games.
Both other pairings finishing on 24 games.
THE NIGHT COMPETITIONSWrapping up another successful period for the club, tonight will be the final night of senior singles and doubles Tuesday comp for this term.
A new competition will commence early February while tomorrow night be also be the final night of comp tennis for the year.
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