Deniliquin Lawn Tennis Club’s two leading teams face off in the grand final from 2pm tomorrow.
Minor premier Agspares/Legal Eagles, led by Harley Moore and Jenny Hogan, finished the competition with 89 sets won from 10 rounds.
Their opponent, Taskers Battlers/Elders, finished with 85 sets and are led by Jacinta Hawley and John Henderson.
The match will see eight men and five ladies match up for both sides and play 20 sets to decide the winner.
And plenty of key match-ups there are — Anthony Michael taking on Moore and farmers Nick Bliss playing Benji Pisasale going toe to toe.
Pisasale has averaged 20 game wins per week, while Bliss is close behind with 18.
There will be Ryan Butcher up against Johnny James who is better known for his croquet play than his tennis. Butcher will need to be on his game against this wily opponent.
The ladies will see Mirelda Wales take on the younger Tessa Bulmer and the winner of their three sets could well decide the match. Wales has been winning 20 games per week out of 24, while Bulmer has a fine average of 21.7 games per week.
Another match-up has Rowena Jackson for Taskers against Allison Collins-Roe in the middle of the table.
Other key match-ups:
Lorraine Tasker (Taskers) v Annie Bulmer (LE): Tasker has a great all round game and displays excellent court craft, while Bulmer has led from the front all year and is rarely beaten.
John Henderson (Taskers) v Lachlan Campbell (LE): Henderson is the master of consistency and obeys the old age adage — ‘Whoever controls the net controls the game’. Only query is whether he has got enough tennis into his legs this competition.
Campbell has put some back issues behind him and relies on a big serve and power ground strokes from the back of the court. On his day one of the biggest hitters in the comp.
Jim Hare (Taskers) v John Sibree (LE): It’s been 45 years since Hare last played competitive tennis and during those days he used to quench his thirst from a hessian bag tied to the radiator of the family car. Supremely fit and with a wonderful win/loss ratio, Hare must have slipped under the guard of the handicappers on grading night and could be Taskers’ surprise package.
Sibree is an experienced lower order player who mixes ground strokes with a variety of undercut drives and tactically placed lobs. Determined to win every point and what he lacks in leg speed he makes up with guile.
The next lawn tennis competition will start on Saturday, February 3.
The courts will be out of action from December 18 until January 8 for coring and restoration of the service lines.