MDTA home and away season wraps up with A grade ladder shuffle

Lawn Greenʼs Riley Ford waits for a return during last Fridayʼs match against Bealiba.

The Maryborough District Tennis Association held its final home-and-away round last weekend, with Avoca seizing the chance to vault over Gully White and snatch second spot on the A grade ladder.

Gully entered the match seven points clear of their opponents on the ladder, but were soon on the back foot as Avoca started strongly.

In an opening set slugfest in hot conditions, Nathan and Trevor Field continued their winning form with an 8-4 victory over Daniel Potter and Paul Lowery.

Teammates Holly Beavis and Gina Beavis were also on the ball early, proving too good for Rachel O’Halloran and Ally Ellis 8-2.

Although Gully succeeded in snaring a couple of sets, the day belonged to Avoca as Nathan Field and Megan Howell closed out the match with an 8-4 win over Ron Potter and his daughter Lauren.

The victory meant that Avoca leapfrogged Gully on the ladder by a single point and earned a double chance.

They will travel to Bealiba for the first semi-final in two weeks time, while Gully will host fourth-placed Moonambel.

The remaining two A grade games saw the bottom two sides both gain a consolation win to finish their season.

Lawn Green got the better of ladder leaders Bealiba in a Friday night clash, emerging winners by eight games despite losing more sets.

The presence of Ruby Rothman made a big difference to the Lawn side, as she teamed with Wendy Shay and Amy Shay for consecutive 8-1, 8-2 set wins.

For more on this story see Page 36 of The Advertiser, Friday, March 8

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