The Grand Final of the People’s Choice Metro League was conducted over the weekend with a well fought victory to DTC Sports 2.
The Minor Premiers had the home court advantage, but that did not stop Gardens Tennis from producing some of their best tennis to narrowly miss out on the Premiership Flag.
All three doubles Rubbers were decided by the match tie-break, with DTC Sports 2 claiming two nail-biting wins. Matt Giess and Dean Moliari only just clinched victory for DTC2 over David Bridges and Ian Redmond 6-2 5-7 15-13. While Matt’s brother, Sam teamed with Arran Stephens to secure a 4-6 7-5 10-8 win.
Nicholas Munro extended the lead for DTC2 with a convincing 6-0 6-0 win over Frank Wallner as did Arran Stephens over Dominic Kohen 6-3 6-0.
Gardens Tennis fought back to take the next three singles and tie up the day with four Rubbers all. David Bridges, Steve Lewis-Driver and Scott Boller all securing wins. However, it was too little too late, with Dean Moliari securing the win for DTC2 with a solid 6-3 6-3 defeat of Gardens’ Ian Redmond.
DTC Sports 2 also secured the People’s Choice Reserve League with a convincing 5 Rubbers to 1 win over Tennis Palmerston. Rebecca Rayner was the lone winner for Palmy with a hard fought win over Oscar Ferdinands 6-1 7-5. While Stephanie Rayner came close to taking a set off Nicholas Carmichael, eventually going down 6-7 (5) 0-6. Other winners on the day included Peter Politis over Valentina Floeck 6-0 6-0 and Eilis Kruger over Grace Henderson 6-3 6-2.
The People’s Choice Metro League Player of the Year will be hotly contested this year, with a number of people in the running. The Player of the Year will be presented at the Tennis NT Presentation Dinner Saturday 3 November 2012 at SKYCITY Darwin.