Kalkee wins short handed

KALKEE was only able to field three men in its pennant match against Central Park on Saturday but still came away with a win.

Jeff Friberg, Lachie Exell and Karl Schmidt were the only Kalkee men available to take to the courts, meaning the team had to forfeit three doubles sets.

Despite starting from well behind, the Kees made up ground quickly.

Melissa Beddison and Debbie Lawson got the home side on the board with a 9-4 win over Central Park's Sophie De Wit and Olivia Lawson.

Anna Lehmann and Carmen Petering followed it up with a 9-3 win over Kayla Hawker and Kate Rogers.

In the men's doubles, Parkers Kye Chapple and Ross Janetzki were too good for Jeff Friberg and Karl Schmidt, winning 9-1.

It was the singles section where the momentum well and truly turned back in Kalkee's favour.

Friberg had a tough battle with Chapple, eventually coming out on top 9-7, and Exell beat Central Park's Healy Hammerton in a thrilling 9-8 tiebreak.

De Wit got the lone singles win for the Parkers, beating Melissa Beddison 9-2.

From then on it was all Kalkee, as the home team won three of the next four rubbers to take out an 8-78 to 6-95 win.

De Wit said the Kees' women were simply too strong for Central Park on the day.

"They forfeited three sets to us and we still couldn't win, but that's just how it goes sometimes I suppose," she said.

Despite the one-sided result in the women's section, De Wit said she was happy with her form.

"I thought I played really well I was serving well and hitting my targets which was good," she said.

"In the last part of the season I think we need to gel together as a team more because it's sometimes just the men who are winning or just the women who are winning.

"When we win, there's always women and men winning most of their sets so we need to do that more."

Central Park dropped to third place on the ladder with the loss, while the Kees remain in fourth.

Drung South overtook the Parkers for second place with a big win against Horsham Lawn O'Connor.

Drung's powerful female line-up made short work of its lawn opponent, not allowing O'Connor's women to win more than four games in any rubber.

Emma Ryan and Rachel McRae dominated the female singles, winning their sets to four and one respectively.

O'Connor's Ethan McRae got his side its first set of the day with a singles win against Ben Brooksby.

Later in the day he teamed with Shane McGrath to defeat Brooksby and Andrew King 9-1.

The final score was Drung South 12-113 to O'Connor 2-54.

Top side St Michael's had a routine win over Horsham Lawn Massey, 10-113 to 4-84.

Stuart McRae was the best of the Massey men with a singles win over number one Saint Ian Nitschke.

Once again it was the women who dominated for the winning team, taking six of the seven sets on offer including two big singles wins to Angela Nitschke and Kassie Peachey.

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