MDTA A graders make first 2020 appearances

Tilly Davis reaches low during her teamʼs (Avoca Blue) A reserve match with Lawn Gold at the weekend.

Bealiba made up some ground on ladder leaders Gully White as the Maryborough District Tennis Association’s A grade teams finally returned to the courts last Saturday, as the visitors upset the home side by six games.

The winning run of Gully’s Kate McLoughlin came to an end as she and partner Ally Ellis engaged in a gruelling opening set against Alix Ford and Ashleigh Ross, which the Bealiba pair eventually took out in a tiebreak.

That triumph was built upon by Rebecca Lowery, who was impressive in claiming her two sets, 8-3 with Alix and 8-5 alongside Ash, giving the Bealiba women the clean sweep in their section.

The men’s sets were closely contested, with Bealiba again making the early running through Ashley Ross and Steven Gell, who were too strong for Paul Lowery and fill-in Riley Ford on the way to an 8- 4 victory.

Down five sets to one, Gully needed a strong finish in the mixed sets, but although they succeeded in winning the first two 8-6 apiece, it wasn’t enough to close the gap on the opposition.

Bealiba’s Darren Mortlock and Rebecca Lowery finished the day with another tiebreak win over Ron and Lauren Potter, moving their team to within striking distance of the ladder leaders with only three rounds remaining.

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