17 November 2018 - Round 6 Summer


It was a simple mathematical equation in Round 6 of the BRTA Summer competition.

Play at home = win

Play away = loss

 

All four home teams won. All four away teams went down.  A special mention to the Section 6 team, captained by David Zulman, which defeated the top team in their section.  The same was achieved by Ron Schweitzer's Section 7 team.

 

BRTA:

Section 2 East Malvern 5-7-58 def Maccabi 1-1-20

Lauren Yarrow 2-8

Yael Gigi 8-1

Nicole Cukierman 2-8

Gabi Bergman 0-8

Yarrow/Gigi 2-6 3-6

Cukierman/Bergman 2-6 1-6

Overall we weren't victorious against East Malvern who are the top team! We all tried the best we could but will hopefully do better next time!!
- Lauren Yarrow

 

MEN:

Section 1 Mount Eliza 5-7-61 def Maccabi 1-2-44

Arthur Kaganovitch 6-8

Joey Pat 2-8

Max Needleman 7-8

Steven Gostin 7-8

Kaganovitch/Needleman 5-7 6-4 7-6

Pat/Gostin 1-6 3-6

We welcomed back Joey for his first match of the season and Arthur for his second by travelling down the highway to mt Eliza 
It was windy and dry and Arthur played a solid player but just lacked a little match practice going down in a tight one with some uncharacteristic errors 6/8 
Max played some solid tennis and which went to a tiebreaker he raced out to a 4/0 lead but just tightened a little and just couldn’t close it out going down 7/8
Joey was a bit rusty in the awkward windy weather against a solid big hitting opponent going down 2/8 
Steven struggled for consistency in the flukey conditions and found himself down 3/6 but fought back well to force a tiebreaker and led 5/3 before choosing the wrong shot to take a 6/4 lead eventually losing 7/8 disappointingly 
In the doubles max/Arthur played really solid doubles volleying really well to win 5/7 6/4 7/6
Joey/Steven struggled for consistency although did create chances going down 1&3 
As an aside we need to appoint a club psychologist for max and Steven to get the wins when it is tight!!!as the day would have been a lot closer with a different result if they had got the wins 
- Steven Gostin

 

Section 5 Maccabi No 2 3-4-42 def BLTC 3-4-30

Steven Kleytman 4-8 ( tore hamstring up 4-2 )
Adam Needleman 4-8
David Kenley 8-2
Darren Seymour 8-0 ( forfeit )
Needleman / Kenley 3-6 3-6
Other doubles won 6-0 6-0 with forfeit

The very good opposition turned up with only three meaning that all we had
to do was win a rubber. That proved a tough task but ever reliable David
Kenley got the job done. So after a bad start we should now be knoching on
the door of the four. However, a lot of improvement will be needed . Good
result though and we needed a lucky break.
- Adam Needleman

 

Section 5 Maccabi No 1 3-4-43 def Kings Park 3-4-38

Geoff Rosenberger 3-8

Saul Muscatel 8-4

Marcus Frajman 8-2

Brian Watson 3-8

Rosenberger/Muscatel 6-7 3-6

Frajman/Watson 6-2 6-1

Up against Kings Park, which featured some players that defeated us in the Grade 7 Pennant Grand Final two months ago, we were expecting a close one.  Geoff, who has been adding to his collection of comics, couldn't quite produce his best form on the day.  Saul recorded his first win of the season, which will surely boost his confidence.  Marcus was too steady. Brian, filling in for our team, had many long rallies but his netplay was outmatched by a crafty opponent.
After the singles, it was even Steven on rubbers, sets and games.  Marcus and Brian stamped their authority on the contest and despite Brian's calf soreness, played chanceless doubles, securing the win. Geoff and Saul had a set point in the first set but lost in a a high quality contest.
- Marcus Frajman

 

Section 6 Maccabi 5-6-58 def 1-3-37

David Zulman 8-6

Jordan Jaffe 8-5

Marty Schwarz 8-0

Errol Dorfan 8-0

Jaffe/Schwarz 5-7 7-6 6-0

Zulman/Dorfan 6-7 2-6

On a great day for tennis we faced the top team. With most of our team unavailable over the next few weeks a win today was crucial. Marty and Jordan took to the court first with both achieving important wins. Marty was dominant while Jordan grinded out an impressive win. David and Errol then took to the court with Errol easily winning. David also won in a tight match. After winning all 4 singles we went into the doubles with confidence. However in contrast to their singles form, David and Errol failed to produce in doubles. On the other hand Marty and Jordan continued their impressive form and won. This was our best performance since our new team was formed and really underlined our potential.
- David Zulman

 

Section 7 Maccabi 4-6-48 def Glenhuntly 2-3-40

Alan Liebowitz 2-8
Zvi Schweitzer 8-3
Alan Datt 8-5
Daniel Vertes 8-5
Alan L and Zvi 6-3, 4-6, 0-6
Alan D and Daniel 6-3, 6-1

It was great to come away with a victory playing the top team.  A huge thanks to Alan Liebowitz who was a very welcome addition to the team, taking the place of Johnson who declared early in the week that he was not fit to play due to a slightly torn hamstring.  
Alan L and Zvi took to the court first, with Alan up against possibly the best player in the section, going down but still a respectable result.  Zvi, playing his 5th game for the season, relished finally not playing in the number 1 position.  He played with previously lost freedom and was able to put together a well deserved victory.  Alan D and Daniel then took to the court, both securing very solid victories, putting us in a very solid position.  3-1 up meant victory was in sight.
Both doubles pairs won the first set, meaning victory was getting close, but not yet secured.  Alan L and Zvi got very close in their second set but couldn’t quite pull it off, but Alan D and Daniel improved from their first set to the second scoring a very solid victory and securing victory for the team.  Alan L and Zvi meanwhile seemed to run out of steam on the other court in the third set.  It didn’t matter, we had knocked off the top team and put ourselves back in contention.  And hopefully  next week Johnson will make his long awaited return to the team.
- Ron Schweitzer.

 

Section 8 Le Page 4-6-47 def Maccabi 2-2-39

Ben Pollak 7-8

Joel Rabinov 8-6

Daniel Goodrich 8-1

Roman Maevsky 5-8

Rabinov/Maevsky 2-6 1-6

Pollak/Goodrich 4-6 4-6

Having 4 courts available at Le Page (which was lucky) as Ben and Joel played extremely long singles matches!
Ben's match was unbelievably close throughout with neither player leading by more than a game. A tiebreak ensued with Ben not being able to hold his nerve to lose the tiebreak in a match that was the one that got away.
Joel played ugly and was lucky at 3-5, 15-40 to hold serve before the rallies become long and longer and ended up winning ugly to win 8-6.
Daniel eased into his match by dropping the opening game before finding his rhythm in a 8-1 victory.
Roman kindly filled in for us, however couldn't make his opponent pay- had 2-0 and many chances for 3-2 (had 0-40 along with 5 other break points) but couldn't convert. After that was game for game then at 5all the opponent ran away with the match (5-8).
Joel and Roman just couldn't find any rhythm as they kept hitting balls out against opponents who didn't miss a ball 2-6, 1-6.
Ben and Daniel flew out of the blocks early winning 9 out of the opening 10 points, however a mixture of complacency, silly errors and the opponents lifting and hitting it deeper meant they went down 4-6, 4-6.
Overall: Again doubles hurt us. However next week we should get back to familiar doubles pairings and once we start to settle our team down a bit (and not use emergencies) then that will translate to us winning doubles.
- Joel Rabinov

 

Section 9 East Malvern 4-6-52 def Maccabi 2-2-40

Nathan Rapoport 5-8

Josh Duieb 8-5

Ben Needleman 3-8

Paul Kovacs 8-5

Rapoport/Kovacs 3-6 5-7

Duieb/Needleman 2-6 6-7

 

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