Ararat City Tennis

On a perfect night for tennis, ChemMart made a strong start to the season with a five-game victory over Christians Buses in Ararat City’s Wednesday night competition.

BALANCED: Rob Weppner plays a backhand stroke during the first round of the new season on Wednesday night. Picture: Peter Pickering

BALANCED: Rob Weppner plays a backhand stroke during the first round of the new season on Wednesday night. Picture: Peter Pickering

Ben Hartwich hit some of his blinders down the line, while Carl Barry and Shannon McGrath played impressive tennis against each other. 

AME and Blizzards had a close match.

Nathaniel Kuchel made an impressive start in his new position as number three. He won his first two sets well before Wayne Jerram and Andy Kalluri won the final set 6-2.

Wayne and Pippa Bush also won, 9-3, despite their team going down 27-31.

Careys' Covers were too strong for Ararat Medical Clinic who only won one set for the night.

Michael Hope played with fine touch all night, while Mark Stevens served and drove with perfection.  

In fact, Mark was so inspired he pleaded for another match at 8pm.

He fronted up for Auto Pro, where he won two of his three matches. A fine example of fitness.

Nick Bush and Alex Drosg teamed up to win all their matches.

Next week sees AutoPro meet Michael Hope's FixIT, while Frank Mitchell will play his first match for AutoPro.

Results – AutoPro 41 d. Bendigo Bank 22. N. Bush, A. Drosg 8 d. M. Matthews,  T. Guthrie 4. B. McInnes, M. Stevens 4 lost S. Jardine, N. Pitaro 6. N. Bush, B. McInnes 6 d. M. Matthews,  S. Jardine 3. A. Drosg, M. Stevens 7 d. T. Guthrie, N. Pitaro 4. N. Bush, M. Stevens 7 d. M. Matthews, N. Pitaro 2. A. Drosg, B. McInnes 9 d. T. Guthrie, S. Jardine 3. Medical Clinic 19 lost Careys Covers 41. G. Hurst, R. Thomas 2 lost M. Hope, W. Gason 7. C. Hartwich, R. Webb 2 lost K. Donnan, M. Stevens 9. G. Hurst, C. Hartwich 5 lost M. Hope, K. Donnan 7. R. Thomas, R. Webb 3 lost W. Gason, M. Stevens 8. G. Hurst, R. Webb 3 lost M. Hope, M. Stevens 7. R. Thomas, C. Hartwich 4 d. W. Gason, K. Donnan 3. AME 31 d. Blizzards 27. J. Hannett, G. Bush 5 drew E. Bush, W. Jerram 5. N. Kuchel, T. Bewley 8 d. A. Kalluri, P. Bush 2. J. Hannett, N. Kuchel 8 d. E. Bush, A. Kalluri 3. G. Bush, T. Bewley 3 lost W. Jerram, P. Bush 9. J. Hannett, T. Bewley 5 d. E. Bush, P. Bush 2. G. Bush, N. Kuchel 2 lost W. Jerram, A. Kalluri 6. ChemMart 37 d. Christians Buses 32. B. Hartwich, R. Weppner 7 d. M. Connellan, M. Verdon 5. C. Barry, Ryan Weppner 8 d. S. McGrath,  P. Hartwich 4. B. Hartwich, C. Barry 5 lost M. Connellan, S. McGrath 7. Rob and Ryan Weppner 5 lost M. Verdon, P. Hartwich 6. B. Hartwich,  Ryan Weppner 7 d. M. Connellan, P. Hartwich 4. R. Weppner, C. Barry 5 lost M. Verdon, S. McGrath 6.