Tennis | Weather fails to dampen spirits

Despite the inclement weather the Ararat players ventured onto the courts.

In a battle that was close all night, McDonalds managed to stay a few games clear of KFC. 

As usual young Edmund Bush excited the crowd with beautifully executed forehand and backhand drives while Steve Jardine again displayed surprising agility and speed.

In another close tussle FixIT defeated GME by a handful of games.  

If the arena noise was any indicator, Andy Kalluri was having a very good night and it was good to see Josh Matthews back on court quickly regaining top form.

Rural Steel got away to a great start with convincing wins in the first two sets. 

Any chance of a Signtek comeback was snuffed out when David Preston leapt for a well-placed toss from Wayne Jerram and had to retire hurt.  

Matthew Wood playing his first season has quickly established himself as a consistent number three.

The whole Intersport team was in blistering form and they gave Mitre 10 little chance. 

The opening set was a thriller but after that Intersport got right on top, and it was left to Rob Weppner and Craig Newson in the last set to salvage a little pride with an 8-4 win.

McDonalds 35 Defeated KFC 32: R McGregor P Goudie 7 Drew  Ed Bush M Verdon 7; S Jardine P Hartwich 7 D N Kuchel T Skewes 3; R McGregor S Jardine 8 d E Bush N Kuchel 4; P Goudie P Hartwich 3 Lost M Verdon T Skewes 6; R McGregor P Hartwich 6  drew E Bush T Skewes 6; P Goudie S Jardine 4  lost M Verdon N Kutchel 6.

GME 33 Lost FixIT 39: G Hurst A Drosg 9 d J Matthews C Barry 5; T Hartwich A Fleming 4 Lost A Kalluri R Gason 8; G Hurst T Hartwich 6 Lost J Matthews A Kalluri 7; A Drosg A Fleming 2 Lost C Barry R Gason 7; G Hurst A Fleming 6 Lost J Matthews R Gason 8; A Drosg T Hartwich 6 d C Barry A Kalluri 4

Rural Steel 30 Defeated Signtek 17: B Hartwich S Payne 9 d S Barr W Jerram3; M Wood D Preston 9 d J Christie K Sanford 2; B Hartwich  M Wood 5 d  S Barr J Christie 4; S Payne D Preston 2 Lost W Jerram K Sanford 4; S Payne M Wood 5 d W Jerram J Christie 4

Intersport   43 Defeated Mitre 10  22: M Hope P Matthews 8 d S McGrath R Weppner 6; J Muzarem N Blizzard 8 d C Newson K Hartwich 3; M Hope J Muzarem 9 d S McGrath C Newson 1; P Matthews N Blizzard 7 d R Weppner K Hartwich 2; M Hope N Blizzard 7 d S McGrath K Hartwich 2; P Matthews J Muzarem 4 lost R Weppner C Newson 8