Friday night tennis appears to have a majority of support as the 2016/17 season winds down.
Perhaps some players are in fact nocturnal as some of the lower clubs seek places in the final.
In fact in First Division Barmera is surging from the bottom position. After pushing top team Renmark Tintra to a 8-69 to 7-54 result a week previously it converted that to a 9-70 to 6-65 victory against Loxton last Friday night.
Against Renmark Barmera stayed with Renmark right up to the closing stages and in the end Renmark had a 5-4 advantage in the doubles rubbers to thank for its win. In the seesawing struggle it was odd the few matches produced close scores. The closest two doubles sets went to Barmera at 6-4 Katie Bannear and Emma Marks defeating Tanya Adamczyk and Caroline Martin and Justin Bannear/Sarah Jane Albrecht winning against Matt Woolford/ Martin. In the singles Tom Waterson won for Barmera 6-4 against David Strongman at top position but Dean Schumann defeated Matt Minn 6-1, Jake Stoeckel won 6-2 over Jordan Wright and Woolford 6-0 from Paul Jericho 6-0 for Renmark. Katie Bannear and Sarah Jane Albrecht (7-5 against Caroline Martin) won their singles for Barmera.
In last Friday’s win over Loxton Waterson and Mike Horsman defeated Jordan and Phil Smith 6-4 and Emma Marks and Sarah Jane Albrecht lost to Delaney Lueth and Emily Zdanowicz 4-6 in the doubles. Waterson beat J Smith 6-4, Minn also won 6-4 over Mark Thiele and Katie Bannear was defeated by an impressive Delaney Lueth in the singles 6-1 . In a closely fought mixed double Justin Bannear and Emma Marks defeated Justin Lane and Emily Zdanowicz 7-6.
Before its loss to Barmera Loxton had also attacked a finals berth with a 9-79 to 6-84 win against rival Berri view. In this clash there were some close sets. In the doubles Jordan and Phil Smith lost to Phil Cresp and Alexander Reincke 4-6, Jordan Smith/Nathan Flight won 7-6 over Reincke/ Cresp, Mark Thiele/Flight defeated Shane McPherson/Rob Day 6-4, Justin Lane /Callam Maczkowiack – McPherson/James Tappin 6-4, Flight/Thiele lost to Reincke/Cresp 5-7 and Phil Smith/Nadia Kruger defeated McPherson/Georgia Tzanavaras 6-4. Reincke defeated Jordan Smith at top single for Berri 6-3, Lueth lost to Tzanavaras in a tight single 5-7 and Kruger lost to Kristy Reid 4-6.
The second game last Friday night was a ‘ripper’ top of the table clash with Renmark just holding its edge over Cobdogla 8-73 to 7-62. There were a number of interesting results with Davis Strongman and Dean Schumann losing to defeating Shane Nettle and Luke Hampshire 6-7, Strongman losing to Nettle 5-7 in a single, Schumann losing to Sam Butterworth 6-7 but young gun Jake Stoeckel winning 6-2 over Ben Rogers and Matt Woolford 6-0 against Hampshire. Schumann and Sonja Adamczykwon a crucial set 7-6 against Ian McFarlane and Katie Wheeldon.
The table after Friday night has Renmark well clear on top with 20 points, Cobdogla with 13, Berri 7, Barmera 7 and Loxton 5.
In Division Two Waikerie sits on top with 17, Loxton has 16, Berri 13, Renmark Gold 11, Cobdogla 11, Renmark Blue 7 and Barmera 3.
But it could have been a lot different. Last Friday night Loxton won 8-70 against Renmark Gold 7-66, Waikerie 8-68 defeated Berri view 7-66 and Renmark Blue 9-74 accounted for Cobdogla 6-55.
In Division Three Moorook, after defeating Paringa Red Dogs 5-42 to 3-31 on Friday night, and it looks like being joined by Paringa Swans, Loxton and the ‘Dogs in a fight for the premiership.