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Saturday, 9th March, 2019

Patrick Reincke hits a backhand slice during Thursday night’s Open A Grade tennis. PICTURE: Tyler Hannigan Patrick Reincke hits a backhand slice during Thursday night’s Open A Grade tennis. PICTURE: Tyler Hannigan

By Just Wide

Ross Casey, Patrick Reincke, Nathan Crabb and Keiran Slee all continued their strong starts to the Open A tennis season by leading their teams to victory on Thursday night.

Casey and Steve Gleeson (Dropshots) picked up a comfortable win over Tyler Hannigan and Dale Pascoe (Smashes). They claimed the first doubles 7-4 before Casey outclassed Hannigan, dropping just one game on his way to a 7-1 win.

Pascoe was able to pick up a set against Gleeson 7-4 but Casey and Gleeson closed out the match with a 7-3 win in the second doubles.

Dale’s son Corey Pascoe and young teammate Josh Niarros (Forehands) fell to Patrick Reincke and Peter Clark (Topspins) but Niarros’ third straight singles win proved to be a highlight. 

Having lost the opening doubles 7-2 and Reincke comfortably beating Pascoe 7-3, Niarros picked up the only set for his team with a 7-4 victory against Clark. That’s where the good news ended for the Forehands though as Reincke and Clark closed out the night with another easy doubles win.

Nathan Crabb and Trewern Rowlands (Backhands) continued their winning ways with a three sets to one victory over the Serves’ Andrew Molloy and Ashleigh Forbes who was filling in for Matt Handberg.

Crabb and Rowlands were made to fight in the opening doubles but eventually came away with a 7-5 win and while Forbes started strongly against Crabb, he would prove too strong in the end to win 7-2.

Molloy kept his team in with a faint hope by defeating Rowlands 7-3 but that hope was quickly snuffed out as Crabb and Rowlands ran away with it in the second doubles 7-2.

Finally, Keiran Slee and Peter Keenan (Swallows) scored a comfortable win over Justin Gladman and a filling in Lance Barron (Volleys).

A 7-3 win in the opening doubles set up Slee and Keenan’s win with Slee following that by easing past Gladman 7-0. Barron played well to defeat Keenan 7-4 and while Gladman and Barron put up a better showing in the second doubles set, they still went down 7-5. 

 

Results:

Dropshots 3-25 def Smashes 1-15

Topspins 3-25 def Forehands 1-15

Swallows 3-25 def Volleys 1-15

Backhands 3-24 def Serves 1-16

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