26 October 2019 - Round 4 Summer

In Round 4 of the BRTA Summer competition, there were three wins, two losses and two washouts.  The results go to show that even when the weather forecast is lousy, conditions vary from suburb to suburb and forecasts can be wrong.  The four teams at home were not expecting to play much tennis but all matches were played with very few interruptions.  All players should be aware that the rules require teams to be at the courts, warmed up and ready to start the match at 1pm and that it is very rare for matches to be cancelled beforehand - this can only be by mutual agreement of the captains.  In 99% of cases, all players must turn up to the courts for a 1pm start.


Mixed Doubles Section 6 St Finbar's 3-6-48 def Maccabi 1-3-40

Sam Strunin/George Mehl 6-3 6-2

Kate Hornstein/Nikki Cukierman 1-6 6-7

Strunin/Hornstein 2-6 6-4 6-7

Mehl/Cukierman 2-6 5-7


Section 9 Caulfield Rec 5-6-54 def Maccabi 1-2-38

Lauren Yarrow 6-8

Nathan Needleman 6-8

Daniel Vertes 6-8

Ben Needleman 0-8

Yarrow/Vertes 6-4 7-5

Needleman/Needleman 1-6 6-7

So close!
In tough conditions, the team narrowly lost three singles rubbers 6-8. The scorecard could have looked very different if luck was on our side and Nathan's tennis elbow didn't flare up.
We agreed to play doubles first given the forecast predicted rain.
The dynamic Needleman duo couldn't replicate last week's doubles success.
Daniel and Lauren won an extremely close doubles contest. Lauren's super powerful forehands a highlight.
Daniel lost his first 2019 Winter/Summer Bayside singles match against a consistent junior player. Long rallies and a thoroughly entertainment game for spectators (i.e parents on both sides) in the cold.
- Daniel Vertes


Section 8 Maccabi drew with Tennis World



Section 7 Maccabi 5-6-42 def Patterson Lakes 1-2-26
Alan Liebowitz          8-4
Dean Steinberg  8-2
Doron Livshitz          8-5
Ron Schweitzer  8-3
Alan and Doron  2-6, 0-6
Dean and Ron            6-0, 6-0

We ventured to Patterson Lakes, (just before Frankston for those of you who are wondering where) on a wet and wild day.  Luckily we arrived between showers and we were able to go straight on.  Alan and Doron began proceedings, both players recording solid wins.  Then it was Dean and Ron’s turn, who also both recorded solid wins (Ron having to wait for rain delay at 6-3 before finishing off proceedings).
Then more rain, and eventually on to the doubles after a 15 minute delay.  Alan and Doron struggled in their doubles match.  Dean and Ron cruised through, Ron’s opponent so demoralised by his loss that he left the scene of the crime during the rain delay between the singles and doubles never to be seen again.
So we have now won 3 out of our 4 matches, and are sitting nicely in the top 4.
Hopefully some time soon we will be able to welcome at least one of our numbers 1, 3 and 4 players into the team …
- Ron Schweitzer


Section 6 Maccabi 4-5-46 Beat Royal Avenue 2-3-33
Brad Lowe 3-8
Jan Tenenberg 8-2
Adam Needleman 8-0
Darren Seymour 8-7
Needleman/Tenenberg 4-6 3-6
Lowe/Seymour 6-4 6-0

We started at 1pm with the strongest wind I have played in for a long time.
However, the day settled and despite the forecast we did not experience any
hail and even got some sunshine. We played a team with not enough fire power
to hurt us and despite some slips got the win we deserved . We played the
two strongest teams in our first two matches and the predicted climb up the
ladder has commenced and with a bye next week our boys should find
themselves close to 4th position. All going to plan .
- Adam Needleman


Section 4 Maccabi 5-7-62 def Hawthorn 1-2-45

Saul Muscatel 8-7

Damon Flicker 8-7

Ryan Sharp 8-6

Marcus Frajman 8-5

Muscatel/Frajman 6-2 6-3

Flicker/Sharp 6-1 6-7 6-7

On a windy day that threatened to be a washout, we completed all rubbers and came away with a hard fought win.  Saul and Ryan went on first and one short rain delay interrupted these closely contested matches.  Saul did especially well to come back from 5-2 down in the tiebreak to secure a vital win.  For Ryan, he was leading for most of the match and one break of serve was enough.  Marcus played fairly well on the way to a close win.  Damon came back from 7-3 down and was trailling in the tiebreak before eventually prevailing in a match that must have gone for about 2 hours.  So we had won all four singles rubbers - which is a rare occurrence.
In the doubles, Saul and Marcus controlled the match and played well together.  On the other court, Damon and Ryan started strongly but lost the next two sets in tiebreaks, finishing shortly after 7pm (even with very few rain delays).
- Marcus Frajman


Section 2 Maccabi 0-1-10 drew with Grace Park 0-1-12

Joey Pat/Jess Flicker 3-6 1-1

Steven Gostin/Jordan Jaffe 6-1 0-4


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