Spring Pennant 2018 entered the Sudden Death Supper Teams Finals this week with winning Super Teams making it to the Grand Final action next week and the defeated teams season ended.
Players from Division 1 and 2 have been competing all season as individuals with match wins and their aggregate points going towards their Super Teams, which were revealed as the season progressed to add some drama and excitement to this season’s pennant, due to lower participation numbers. At the end of normal rounds, the Top Four Teams consisting of 2 Division 1 and 2 Players have battled it out for a spot in the Grand Final.
Play Off 1:Super Team Six 3.10.185 def Super Team Three 1.5.183, (Div1) Doug Garsed 1.3.45 def Chris Tassone 0.0.32, Donna Fisher 1.3.53 def Dale Watson 0.1.47, (Div2) Tom Jaensch 1.3.50 def Gloria Jago 0.1.45)
Division 2 player Tom Jaensch started the night well for Team 6 as he battled Gloria Jago having returned from an extended break as had Jaensch back after a break also, having to contend with cooler conditions on court making for a slower paced game, Jago started the slower and lost the 1st game in a close effort 12-15. Levelling at 1-1 Jago looked to be taking control of the match, however it was Jaensch that played the big points well an earned the first rubber win for his team as he eventually won 3 games to 1.
Division 1 team mate Doug Garsed then made it 2 rubbers to nil as he defeated Chris Tassone in a comfortable effort in 3 games. Garsed was full of running and pulled out the big shots when needed. Donna Fisher (Div1) made the result official for Team 6 winning the 3rd rubber to defeat Dale Watson in four games.
The only highlight for Team Three was the win to Division 2 Rohan Whyte over an exhausted Heather Laity fill in for a second match of the night as she played out of her skin to take the match to 4 very entertaining games even though the result was known.
Play Off 2: Super Team Five 4.12.216 def Super Team One 0.3.133, (Div1) Michael Penna 1.3.58 def Wayne Sparks 0.1.44, Chris Stamos 1.3.68 def Jeannette Vear 0.2.60, (Div2) Cameron Whyte 1.3.45 def Charlotte Fisher 0.0.6, Helen Munro 1.3.45 Heather Laity 0.0.23)
Super Team Five have been very consistent and tough to beat all season as players in this super team have had stand out seasons.
Division 1 players Michael Penna has show himself to be one of the most promising up and coming young members of the club throughout the season and his form proved this as he accounted for the always crafty Wayne Sparks winning in 4 very entertaining games to give his team the 1-0 lead.
Division 2 stand out player Cameron Whyte has also improved his game to be more power and consistent and will look to move up the ranks next season, he was able to ease past Charlotte Fisher winning 3 nil making the score line 2 rubbers to nil.
In a super shock it was the speed and determination of Chris Stamos causing somewhat of an upset as he defeated the always dangerous and crafty Jeannette Vear. Stamos was able to take the lead in a very close first game winning 15-12. Vear not the fastest around the court was able to use every trick in the book to make sure she wasn’t defeated easily fighting back to win the next 2 games to lead 2-1. With the match going the distance Stamos was able wear down his opponent and sealed Team Five victory ending Team One’s season as he won the 5th game 15-10 to make it 3 rubbers to nil.
Helen Munro has been Miss consistent playing every week and doing a great job winning nearly all her contested matches. The result was no different tonight as she was able to take a solid win against training buddy Heather Laity winning 3 games to nil. Laity looked a little nervous none the less was still very competitive.
So, it will be Super Team Six Verses Super Team Five – Wednesday 14th November from 6:30pm onwards to see which team reigns Supreme.