Bealiba takes hold of MDTA top spot, ending Gully White’s reign

The Maryborough District Tennis Association’s A grade has a new ladder leader after Bealiba ended Gully White’s reign on top with a narrow win last Saturday.

With the two teams coming into the game level on points, there were no easy sets to be had as they proved very evenly-matched.

Gully took the early lead in the men’s section thanks to Paul Lowery and Leigh Argall, who opened up the afternoon with an 8-4 defeat of Jackson Fitzpatrick and Steven Gell.

The Bealiba men rebounded when Darren Mortlock took to the court, as they took the next two sets 8-4, 8- 5 to give themselves some momentum.

Games were also tight on the women’s side, as Bethany Fitzpatrick and Alix Ford held off Rachel O’Halloran and Ally Ellis to triumph in a tiebreak, giving their team a three-game buffer going into the mixed sets.

In the mixed sets, the Gully team threatened to snatch victory, but the Bealiba members ended up standing firm, as Steven Gell and Alix hit their way to an 8-5 win in the final set, giving Bealiba the overall win by four games.

Meanwhile on the grass courts, the Moonambel team continued their strong recent form with an extremely tight win over Lawn Green.

Alex and Daryl Driscoll burst out of the blocks in the opening set against Lyndon Tait and Riley Ford, racing to a 3-0 lead before the Lawn players pegged them back.

Unfortunately for Lawn, the momentum changed again and the Driscolls took the last four games in succession to run out 8-4 victors.

For more on this story see Page 30 of The Advertiser, Friday, March 1

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