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Preliminary Final Pain

Posted: 22-Mar-2015 by Tennis

The last two Maccabi teams in contention for a Pennant flag will have to look forward to next season after disappointing Preliminary Final losses on the weekend.

The Section 4 team, featuring Sasha Volziker, Jess Flicker, David Kenley and Darren Seymour were lucky just to have made the finals, having qualified in the last round of the home-and-away season. However, after their impressive Semi Final win last week, the team had aspirations for further success. Despite singles wins to Volziker and Flicker, the team could not win either doubles rubber and were defeated by arch-rivals Kings Park.

The Section 7 Maccabi team had an excellent season, only losing twice in 14 rounds and finishing in 2nd place after the regular season. Some dominant displays over the course of the season from Errol Dorfan, Daniel Henquin, Joey Pat, Ron and Zvi Schweitzer ostensibly presented the Club with its best opportunity for a Pennant flag. There is consequently a sense of missed opportunity for the failure to make the Grand Final. Promising youngster Joey Pat was the only player to record a singles victory and the team was unable to produce their best in the doubles.

Post-Season Analysis

Pennant Secretary Adam Needleman reflected on a successful Summer Pennant season in which 5 of Maccabi 8 teams qualified for finals and two other teams finished in 5th place: ''Maccabi tennis is growing each year and this can be seen by the high number of teams making finals. We are regarded now as a top ten Victorian Tennis Club based on our numbers and results. There are numerous volunteers devoting hours of work behind the scenes to ensure the success continues''.

With the adult Bayside Summer Pennant competition now over, preparations are beginning for the Winter Pennant Tennis Victoria season, which commences in May.

Section 4 Preliminary Finalists L to R: David Kenley, Darren Seymour, Jess Flicker, Sasha Volziker
Section 7 Preliminary Finalists Ron Schweitzer, Errol Dorfan, Zvi Schweitzer, Joey Pat, Daniel Henquin

PRELIMINARY FINAL RESULTS

Section 4 Kings Park 4-6-53 def Maccabi 2-37 (Volziker 8-5, D Kenley 5-8, J Flicker 9-8, Seymour 4-8, Volziker/Flicker 4-6 3-6, Kenley/Seymour 3-6 1-6)

Section 7 Hurlingham Park 4-6-51 def Maccabi 1-2-30 (Dorfan 2-8, Henquin 4-8, Z Schweitzer 2-8, Pat 8-5, Schweitzer/Schweitzer 1-6 4-6, Henquin/Dorfan 3-6 6-4)

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