After not playing a Rockhampton final for over 30 years, Curlew’s Ross Brown had a winning return to the area .
After not playing a Rockhampton final for over 30 years, Curlew’s Ross Brown had a winning return to the area . Sharyn Oneill

Cressy serves it up

THE Cressy Tennis Club did not pick up the glittering awards at the weekend but the club's players gave it their best shot against talented opposition in the Rockhampton Tennis Association finals at Victoria Park.

Secretary of the Cressy club Warren Acutt was disappointed for his club's A-grade team as they were close to getting a result from their final against a strong and confident Bush Curlew team.

"We lost 36-32 but they are a very good team," he said.

Particularly impressive in the Curlew line-up was Ross Brown, making an appearance in a Rockhampton final for the first time in about 30 years.

"He left Rockhampton as a teenager for a tennis scholarship in the States," Acutt said.

While Brown would fit into the category of mature-aged tennis player, it was his general experience on court that caught the eye of Acutt.

"To watch him play doubles makes you remember it is a strategy game," he said.

Acutt said in Rockhampton tennis a tactic rarely used successfully in doubles is "the I formation" where the partner of the server takes up a position to confuse the player making the return.

Brown, he said, adopted the tactic perfectly and that was a good lesson for the younger players in the Cressy team.

The Cressy players also had to contend with a series of cannonballs unleashed by Curlew's Andrew Donaldson.

"He probably has the fastest serve in Rockhampton at the moment," Acutt said.

Such is the power of the Donaldson serve, two of his attempted aces went straight through the fence surrounding the court.

Against such talent Acutt said young players Olivia and Kennedy Tjandramulia did very well.

"They both won one of their singles games," he said.

Kennedy also featured in one of the better games of the day when he and Steve Griffin defeated Curlew's Brown and Donaldson.

"It was really good tennis, a pleasure to watch," he said.

"Playing games like that can only help Kennedy, as a 14 year old, improve.

"It will assist his doubles game."

While Cressy pushed all the way in A-grade, the B-grade team "The Perfects" suffered a far from perfect afternoon and were well beaten by the Puffin' Billies.

"The Puffin' Billies proved to be just too good," Acutt said, "there were no real close games we either won easy or lost easy."

Acutt said the team number one player Rob Kirkpatrick was Cressy's outstanding performer.

"He played his normal good game in B-grade," he said.

The Puffin' Billies team of Brett Wass, Laurie Taylor, Kev Adsett and Dominic Doblo ran out a worthy winner.



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