By Peter Lawrence
We might be still playing the winter competition but conditions on the weekend were anything but cold.
The hot sun beat down on players in Round 6 and there were a few very one-sided matches as teams consolidated places for the finals in B Grade.
But A Grade is still a close-run thing as three teams battle it out for the top two spots.
The undefeated Bush Curwood suffered its first loss of the season to the Cressy Wizards 38–20. Did the return of Cressy stalwart Gordon Acutt have something to do with it, or was it the addition of Paul Massingham who joined his children Aidan and Olivia? This result, and the win by Stone Curwood over Cressy Flattops 47–22, means that Stone now moves to the top of the ladder, and Cressy – although third – is now only three games away from a finals spot. With only two more weeks to go it will be a very close finish.
In B Grade, Warren Acutt’s Cressy Hotshots continued their winning ways with an easy 46–18 win over the Curwood Smashers. Hotshots are on top of the ladder and looking good, but with two of their players possibly missing in the coming weeks it’s never over until it’s over.
The Cressy Slicers played Cressy Perfects and the match ran late into the early evening, with the heat taking its toll on some players. The Slicers won 43–32 and are now clear in second place. Cressy Alexanders were the big winners on the day, taking a perfect score of 48–6 over Curwood Smashers. Smashers players Lenny McLea-Boyson and Charlie Gill are junior players, and the experience of playing against older and wiser players is only doing them good.
There’s lots of tennis coming up in the next few weeks with Tuesday night fixtures back underway. Those who’d like a game can contact Barry Harth on 0409 617 565 and register to play. The finals of the pre-season competition that were postponed due to Covid will be played this Friday night, and then it’s time for the RTA Championships, which will also be played on Friday nights. There’s a festival of tennis at Victoria Park in October and November to make up for the lack of play earlier in this crazy year that is 2020.