Frontrunners Rapaura Drylands One got back on winning track with a hard fought 4-2 win over fifth-placed Marlborough Stars during the latest round of Craigs Investment Partners Marlborough premier interclub tennis on Wednesday.
The feature matchup of the round, played out on the grass at Rapaura, was between Marlborough's top two male players, Rapaura's Anthony Walkenhorst and Marlborough's Hamish Morrow. Despite Morrow making the best start, claiming the first set 6-2, Walkenhorst fought back to grab the second 6-4, then prevailed 12-10 in the super tie-break.
Although Rapaura's Tony Fenemor lost to Mike Mitchell, good wins by Mark Evans and Sandy Stubbs in the singles helped get Rapaura home after the doubles were split.
Two of the other matches were very close, with the results coming down to countbacks.
Bottom-placed Renwick Green picked up their first win of the season, upsetting their clubmates Renwick White 56-45 on games countback after matches and sets were spilt. Mel Trolove scored singles and doubles wins in a losing cause while Dave Sandford did the same for the victors.
Grovetown Grove Tavern squeezed past Rapaura Drylands Two seven sets to six after the matches were tied 3-3. Donna Clark scored a decisive straight sets singles win over Meiko Kimura then joined forces with Brendon Sutherland for a doubles triumph. Brooke Adams notched a singles win for Rapaura, then teamed with Ellis Diamanti for a narrow win in the doubles.
In the other match, Marlborough Blades accounted for clubmates Bulldogs 4-2, Lee Harborne and Lily O'Fagan to the fore. Andrew Forgesson was instrumental in securing the Bulldogs' points.
With just one round to go before the semifinals it seems the top four teams have all but secured spots, with the fifth-placed Stars now six points adrift of Marlborough Blades.
Premier interclub tennis results from February 5:
Rapaura Drylands One 4 beat Marlborough Stars 2. Anthony Walkenhorst beat Hamish Morrow 2-6 6-4 (12-10), Tony Fenemor lost to Mike Mitchell 4-6 4-6, Mark Evans beat Torban Otway 6-1 6-1, Sandy Stubbs beat Abbey Hogg 7-6 6-4, Evans & Fenemor lost to Morrow & Mitchell 1-6 7-6 (8-10), Walkenhorst & Stubbs beat Otway & Hogg 6-0 6-2.
Marlborough Blades 4 beat Marlborough Bulldogs 2: Yuichi Ando lost to Andrew Forgesson 1-6 0-6, Lee Harborne beat Nick McLauchlan 6-2 6-1, Josh Winter beat Hamish Shield 6-2 6-0, Lily O'Fagan beat Kate Shield 6-0 6-0, Winter & Ando lost to Forgesson & McLauchlan 1-6 4-6, Harborne & O'Fagan beat Shield & Shield 6-0 6-0.
Grovetown Grove Tavern 3 (7 sets) beat Rapaura Drylands Two 3 (6 sets). Brendon Sutherland lost to Brooke Adams 1-6 0-6, Darin Herd beat Ellis Diamanti 6-3 6-4, Hiro Kishada lost to Ben Burridge 4-6 2-6, Donna Clark beat Meiko Kimura 6-0 6-4, Herd & Kishada lost to Adams & Diamanti 6-2 2-6 (4-10), Sutherland & Clark beat Burridge & Kimura 6-3 6-4
Renwick Green 3 (6 sets - 56 games) beat Renwick White 3 (6 sets - 45 games). Dave Sandford beat Pete Rogge 6-2 6-4, Jason Flowerday lost to Chris Nott 1-6 4-6, Peter Stubbs beat Jean-Luc Hauswirth by default, Sara Scott lost to Mel Trolove 3-6 3-6, Sandford & Flowerday beat Nott & Hauswirth 6-1 6-1, Stubbs & Scott lost to Rogge & Trolove 6-7 3-6
Points - Rapaura Drylands One 71, Grovetown Grove Tavern 58, Renwick White 55, Marlborough Blades 52, Marlborough Stars 46, Rapaura Drylands Two 41, Marlborough Bulldogs 28, Renwick Green 28.
SBS Bank Presidents Grade tennis results for Tuesday:
Division 1: Rapaura Shiraz 3 Marlborough Hawks 1; Rapaura Viognier 3 Marlborough Head 1; Grovetown Top Shelf 2 (26) Rapaura Drylands 2 (22).
Division 2: Renwick Robins 2 (27) Marlborough Swallows 2 (24); Rapaura Gewurtztraminer 3 Renwick Rules 1; Marlborough Barts Banditos 2 (28) Marlborough Swifts 2 (26).
Division 3: Renwick Rebels 3 Rapaura Matadors 1; Grovetown Picton 3 Raparua Pinot 1; Rapaura Mighty Four 2 (27) Grovetown Turf & Tackle 2 (25).
Division 4: Rapaura Gladiators 4 Renwick Rascals 0; Rapaura Chardonnay 2 (32) Marlborough Bjorn Again 2 (23); Marlborough Massive 4 Marlborough Deuce Bags 0.
- The Marlborough Express