Sydney NSW, Australia, 12 November 2013 | Tennis Australia
NSW/ACT kicked off on Friday afternoon in sweltering conditions at Newington College in Stanmore. If the sweltering conditions were anything to go by we were in for a hotly contested day of tennis.
The women kicked off proceedings for the day, with the home team the Stanmore Wyverns taking on the Sydney University Lions. Moriarty was called up again for the top position, showed professionalism and experience in disposing of former top 800 Cassandra Chan in convincing fashion. Going into the doubles at 2 rubbers a piece The Wyverns, were backed as favourites with team captain
Kriz in their corner, formally ranked 107 in the world for doubles. The Lions, put on a brave fight, taking out one doubles and going up 3 rubbers to 2. Nevertheless, the home team came through with the goods just edging out The Lions in a nail biter by 2 sets.
The other women’s match between the NSTA Angels and UTS City Lizards, also proved to be a thriller. Lizard’s number one Lucie Kriegsmannova from the Czech Republic made her debut in the ATL. She took no time in beating Angel’s number one Michelle Brycki. Angel’s youngster Danielle Wagland evened the score with a convincing win against Natalie Barbir. But it wasn’t meant to be for the NSTA Angels, with the City Lizards proving too good on the day with a 4 rubbers to 2 victory.
Home team and ATL newcomers Stanmore Wyverns, took on Macquarie University was sure to be a fiercely contested tie. Warriors team captain David Barclay, put his best team forward. The Warriors started in blistering fashion with Zelba, taking no time in taking out Stanmore Wildcard Simon Ede. The Warriors lead did not last long, with Reid showing experience in beating David Barclay in straight sets. Kriz called on Former World number 87 Michael Tebbutt to make sure that the Wyverns walked away with the win. Warriors Sean Carson put on a brave fight, but Tebbutt showed glimpses of his best taking out the win in a tiebreaker in the third. The Wyverns were victorious 4 rubbers to 2.
Canberra Velocity were refreshed and ready to have another crack at the title in 2013. Alex Bolt showed blistering form in beating Sydney University Lion’s wildcard Dane Propoggia in a tight 3 set match. Sydney University Lions, made Velocity work for the win, but Canberra showed the form that took them to last year’s NSW/ACT Conference with a 4 rubbers to 2 win.
With 2 rounds completed, the NSW/ACT conference is shaping up to be a closely contested battle in both the men’s and women’s field.