The second round of the Competitive Metro Mid-Week comp took place last night at the Memorial Drive Centre Courts.
First up was Pembroke taking on the young Prospect line-up. In the top single it was Tom Adams getting it done with some quality tennis. He took on young-gun Alistair Umpherston and, at the end of the day, proved a bit too experienced. There was some good rallies but at the end of the rubber it was a 2 set win.
Grant Pietsch continued on Pembroke’s good form with a 2 set win over Underwood in the second single. From there it was Ben Adams (4-1, 4-1) over Lo, and Matthew Adams (4-1, 4-0) over Noicos who completed a solid singles display for Pembroke.
The top doubles was a fight round down to the wire. It was Tom Adams and Pietsch getting off to a great start, before Umpherston and Underwood hit back taking the second set. The experience of Adams and Pietsch saw Pembroke close it out in the Match Tiebreaker.
Dylan Lo and Micheal Noicos gave Ben and Matt Adams some headaches in the second double, but Pembroke still got it done in 2 sets finishing off a great night’s work and getting them into second place on the ladder.
The other match saw the premiership favourites Henley, taking on the TSA combined side. Tennis SA were always going to have to be at their best to stand a chance, and unfortunately they were without their best player Matt Fitzgerald, which had them on the back foot from the start.
It was an interesting top single, with the hard hitting Beckett Wolfe (TSA) taking on talented youngster Heath Johnston (Henley). Wolfe was on song early, with some huge shots, but the consistency of Johnston saw him get the job done in a first set tiebreak, and ran over the top in the second set, for a two set win.
In the second single there were some long rallies between Ty Allen and Sam von Einem. The scoreboard read 4-1, 4-1 but the match certainly looked closer than that. The veteran Darren Sahb started strongly for TSA, but Matt Robinson was too good in the end with a 2 set win, and Matthew Tregoweth continued the Henley onslaught with a straight sets win.
Unfortunately, the doubles continued in similar fashion for TSA, with Johnston and Tregoweth putting on a clinic, and Robinson and Von Einem teaming up well, with both pairings getting it done in straight sets.
Tennis SA will be keen to get Fitzgerald back next week for the showdown against Pembroke, which could well go a long way to seeing who makes the Grand Final in 5 weeks’ time. Prospect will need to be at their very best next week, taking on the top team Henley, who are looking like they will be hard to stop.