|Antwerp will contest Dimboola & District Tennis Association’s grand final after an epic preliminary final win over Rainbow on Saturday.
Played at the Health & Fitness Centre courts in Dimboola, Antwerp set up a season-deciding clash against Hopetoun when it prevailed by a set and 16 games in a battle that went right down to the wire.
The final score saw Antwerp win the day four points, 10 sets, 130 games to one point, eight sets, 114 games.
The day’s exciting action started in the mixed doubles section when Antwerp claimed a tight four game win, 43-39, as both sides won three sets each.
Opening the day’s proceedings, Antwerp’s Tim Jorgensen and Abbey Greig claimed a 9-4 win before Don Clark and Heather Jorgensen made it two from two with a telling 9-1 win.
Rainbow hit back through Simon Clugston and Lauren Hallam who claimed a 9-3 win before Daniel Greig and Sam Baker put their side in a strong position with a 9-7 win.
Leading three sets to one, Rainbow clawed their way back into the section when Allan Roberts and Colleen Petschel claimed a 9-6 win and closed the games margin to six, 36-30.
The final set saw Rainbow close the margin to four games when Seamus O’Halloran and Sophie Thomas levelled sets with a 9-7 win but was not able to close the games gap that saw Antwerp claim the opening point.
The mens section was another thriller as Rainbow registered its point for the day when it prevailed by one game, 42-41.
Teams traded three sets each with Tim Jorgensen and Don Clark opening with a 9-4 win before Simon Clugston and Seamus O’Halloran levelled sets with a 9-6 win.
Jorgensens, Tim and Nathan, then combined for a 9-3 win to give their side the lead but was answered when Clugston and Roberts teamed for a 9-6 win.
With sets level at two each, Antwerp led by five games, 30-25 before a pivotal tie-breaker was played out between Nathan Jorgensen and Clark and Rainbow’s Mark Bastin and Eddie Hallam.
The result went the way of the Antwerp pair that extended their side’s lead to six games, three sets to two.
Through O’Halloran and Roberts, Rainbow was then able to turn its deficit into a thrilling one game win when they teamed to claim a 9-2 win and claim the section 42 games to 41.
The ladies section continued the trend of the day as Rainbow’s Tracey Tregenza and Lauren Hallam opened with a 9-7 win which was answered when Kellie Laverty and Emily Polack teamed for a 9-2 win.
Antwerp then claimed two pivotal wins when Greig and Jorgensen claimed a 9-5 win before Laverty and Faye Wilson won a crucial tie-breaker to have Antwerp up three sets to one, 34 games to 24.
But Rainbow again hit back through Keller and Hallam who claimed a 9-3 win and reduced the margin to four games with one set remaining.
Antwerp, however, was able to dominate the final set when Polack and Wilson teamed for a 9-0 win which gave their side a 13 games win, 46-33, four sets to two.
The final sets of the day brought down a gripping day’s tennis which saw Tim Jorgensen and Don Clark win their three sets for the day, while for Rainbow Simon Clugston, Allan Roberts, Seamus O’Halloran and Lauren Hallam won their three sets.
This Saturday will see minor premier Hopetoun host Antwerp at Hopetoun in the grand final.
Antwerp 4 points, 10 sets, 130 games d Rainbow 1 point, 8 sets, 114 games.
Mixed: Tim Jorgensen, Abbey Greig d Adam Gould, Tracey Tregenza 9-4, Don Clark, Heather Jorgensen d Mark Bastin, Brittany Keller 9-1, Nathan Jorgensen, Kelly Laverty lost to Simon Clugston, Lauren Hallam 3-9, Daniel Greig, Samantha Baker d Eddie Hallam, Georgina O’Halloran 9-7, Chris Avery, Emily Polack lost to Allan Roberts, Colleen Petschel 6-9, Daniel Polack, Faye Wilson lost to Seamus O’Halloran, Sophie Thomas 7-9.
Men: T. Jorgensen, D. Clark d A. Gould, E. Hallam 9-4, C. Avery, D. Greig lost to S. Clugston, S. O’Halloran 6-9, T. & N. Jorgensen d A. Gould, M. Bastin 9-3, C. Avery, D. Polack lost to S. Clugston, A. Roberts 6-9, N. Jorgensen, D. Clark d M. Bastin, E. Hallam 9-8, D. Greig, D. Polack lost to S. O’Halloran, A. Roberts 2-9.
Ladies: A. Greig, S. Baker lost to T. Tregenza, L. Hallam 7-9, K. Laverty, E. Polack d C. Petschel, G. O’Halloran 9-2, A. Greig, H. Jorgensen d T. Tregenza, B. Keller 9-5, K. Laverty, F. Wilson d C. Petschel, S. Thomas 9-8, H. Jorgensen, S. Baker lost to B. Keller, L. Hallam 3-9, E. Polack, F. Wilson d G. O’Halloran, S. Thomas 9-0.