Winter 2016 – RESULTS P4 – Preliminary Final

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PENNANT FOUR:

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As in pennant one and two this preliminary final went to the wire with a 6-5 result and unfortunately for the ladder leader Weightmans Packaging they were on the wrong side of the result. Oh so close, they lost their last three matches of the season including two finals with the same score line.

 

– Mallee Meats 6 (Ryan Hensgen 3, Nick Kiapekos, Luke Ljubic 1) d Weightmans Packaging 5 (Sabrina Fitzpatrick, Helen Frania 2)

Going into this match Weightmans Packaging held a 3-0 win /loss ratio over their opponents Mallee Meats however all concerned thought this would be a close match and close it was.

Two players helped to decide the result. Mallee Meats skipper Ryan Hensgen played well as leader of his team winning three singles. Against the consistent Helen Frania Ryan was pushed to four sets, while he scored a comfortable win over Tom Cooper who tried hard. His third singles was vital to both teams and opponent Sabrina Fitzpatrick is always a tough match up and a player who likes long rallies. This match panned out that way with many long points taking place and it was Ryan who prevailed 15-13 11-8 11-4 to take his team to a 5-4 lead.

The second player to play a key role in the match was “birthday boy” Luke Ljubic. On his 13th birthday he teamed up with Ryan Hensgen in the all-important second doubles. Victory to Weightmans would see them go to a 5-3 lead and within sight of victory. Ryan and Luke took on Sabrina Fitzpatrick and Tom Cooper and what a match it was. Ryan and Luke grabbed the first two games narrowly before Sabrina and Tom steadied to take the third and fourth. The pressure was on and it was the Mallee Meats pair of Ryan and Luke who were able to steady and go on and win in five 11-9 11-9 6-11 10-12 11-6. They had managed to level the match at four rubbers all.

Earlier it had been Sabrina and Helen Frania who had won the first doubles in straight sets against Ryan and the steady Nick Kiapekos.

Now with the scores level at four rubbers all the two captains met for the fourth time this season and on each occasion Sabrina had defeated Ryan however they had finished the singles aggregate level on 26 wins each although Sabrina had missed one more week than Ryan.

2016-Winter-RyanThe first game was close, very close with Ryan just getting over the line first as he did again in the second. With his confidence now up Ryan played well to go on and win against a determined Sabrina 15-13 11-8 11-4.

The next match was tight all the way with the improved Helen Frania just taking the match over the consistent Nick Kiapekos 15-13 12-10 11-8. The score now was five rubbers all. Helen had played well to win two singles as did Sabrina.

2016-Winter-LukeLjubic3The “Birthday boy “ then stepped up to the plate and it was Luke Ljubic who was able to prove the steadiest in a nerve wracking match winning 11-13 11-7 11-7 11-7 over Tom Cooper who tried hard for his team. Luke had played well to take Mallee Meats to the grand final.

The trio of Ryan Hensgen, Nick Kiapekos and Luke Ljubic will start as slight underdogs however if they can replicate this form they could hold up the shield on Wednesday night. Bring on the grand final!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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