Neptune’s team captain, Iron lady Allyson Schumacher, steered her side to a captivating victory in the first semi final at the Eglinton complex last Saturday. Of all the 10 players on the court, Schumacher was the only player to win all of her four sets. This was truly a golden moment for team Neptune as Schumacher let loose. The Iron lady was totally focused, committed and in control, winning her sets 7-6, 7-6, 6-3, 6-1.
Club selector John Bullock believes if Schumacher is given room to move in the final next week then it’s goodnight. Team Neptune thoroughly deserved their six sets to four victory and go in as the underdogs in the final. Team Neptune number one player Jason Molkentin was also in fine form, winning three of his four sets 7-5, 7-6, 6-3. Molkentin is one of Eglinton’s top doubles players who frustrates his opponents with his uncanny net play.
Jason is peaking just at the right time and is ready to produce that champagne tennis that he is renowned for. Paul Clancy battled on gamely all day, winning two of his four sets 7-6, 7-6. Neptune’s Harry Dang and Graeme Stapleton also rallied behind their troops, playing some exciting tennis. Winning captain Allyson Schumacher was thrilled at her side’s victory. “We had a game plan and stuck to it,” Schumacher said.
Losing captain of team Saturn was gut-wrenched at his team’s loss. “You can't play doubles if you don't play the big point well. We were too inconsistent and flat today,” Hindmarch said.
The second semi was nearly a boilover as John Bullock’s team Uranus came within a whisker of toppling the hot favourite team Mercury, going down six sets to four. Team Uranus led three sets to one and was looking good. Bullock instructed his players not to panic and go for your shots. Team Mercury were always going to be tough to beat and it was Mercury’s star player on the day Jacob Bicanic who steered his side to victory, winning all of his four sets 6-0, 6-1, 7-5, 6-3. Jacob was the only player of all the 10 players on the court to win all of his four sets.
This was a fine achievement from Eglinton’s young gun Bicanic, who will be a danger player in next week’s final. Winning captain Bryan Reiri was excited by his team’s performance. “When you come up against Bullock’s side you just never know what to expect. He knows how to peak his players just at the right time and is always ready to pounce if you let your guard down,” Reiri said.
Losing captain Bullock couldn't believe how close his team came to beating the hot favourites. “I thought we had them. We missed too many easy shots.” Bullock said. Well, folks, another great weekend of semi final tennis. Good Hitting.