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LAWN TENNIS, Issue 15661, 27 November 1914
[By Recorder "j Grade matches last week were favored with fine but very trying weather, the atmosphere beiniz almost stifling. In tho senior matches Kaituna had an easy time against Eoslyn. M'Dougall was responsible for the only rubber annexed by P.oslyn. an-i his n'ctory over Bravi was very ronvindng, and gained by superior tennis. The youne Roslynite thus avenged last seasons defeat by Brav. On that occasion it will be recalled that M'Dougall had a very long lead, but Brav overhauled him. This time Mac. never let down. His service -was superior, and bv forceful - 7^ Xm S • i<! P fc nra ? weU back all through. The Kaituna crack would have dono bettßT j P^?" na P s ' if J,f? bad mixed matters more and taken risks on the offensive. Tho remaining singles, including tho ladies' were easy -wins for Kaituna. Brav and Wilkie were considerably ahead of M'Dougall and Black as doubles exponents, and the mixed events were somewhat onepuled: Balmacewen just as easily accounted for Anderson Bay. Fenwick. who is a recruit from the ranks of thq cricketers, and is now- m his third season, plaved astonishingly well against S. N. Brown, and, strange to relate, he gained his games by playintr to hia opponent's strong quarterthe left court. Fenwick was an excellent batsman, so there is no reason -why ho ahonld not do almost equally v.ell at 'lawn tennis. The veteran M'Kerrow lias heard ™ j call of hia club, and returned to the fold. Duthie jnst managed to defeat tho veteran, and the winner should feel well pleased. Meek failed against K S. Brown •—both played as number ono. Meek is a hard grafter, but his stroke methods tend to betray his intentions before tho stroke is actually made; nevertheless Brown must have have been at his best to •win so convincingly. With tho exception of one, all the remaining rubbers were easily annexed by the hill team. Considerablo interest attached to tho Moana v. St. Kilda contest, as tho men were considered very equally matched. St. Kilda, although only winning fnar rubbers to nine lost, might with a h'ttlo more judgment havo dono even better. They expected to win both men's doubles. At one time Simpson-Hart led A. and O Nicolson by 7-3—just as M'Dougall and Black had done in tho Roslvn-Moana match three -weeks earlier. That tho Nicolsona are never beaten till the numbers_ go up was again proved. By nno lobbing they kept the lengthy Hart and Simpson away from the net and got there themselves. Slowly they pulled up, got level, and gained a fine victory. Their combination told ; wherever St. Kilda sent the ball a Nicolson was on hand to receive it. The weaknsss of tho St. Kilda pair overhead; weight and speed were lacking. There ia a difference between thrusts, push volleys, and overhead smashes. Harraway-Lewis had a long Jead against Tregeor-Robertson, which they almost allowed to slip towards tho finish. Lewis, a newcomer from Wellington, has a fine style, is very good off the ground, but is inclined to get out of position—a defect easily corrected. He has all the attributes which make first-class players. Moana are still without Miss Meenan's services, and Miss Stevens was an absentee, bat with Misses Campbell and Bagley ihey were much too strong for the opposing ladies. *in the mixed doubles .Miss Faulka ably assisted Simpson against Miss I*. Campbell and Harraway; in fact, at an early stage the St. Kilda pair e;tab- ' lished a valuable lead before their opponents got into their stride. Simpson proved very difficult to pass at the net, although Miss Campbell, in the latter half of the rubber, got in many splendid strokes down the left court side-lines. Harraway was very uncertain; his single against Simpson had taken the edge off his form. Tregear has vastly' improved, and Miss Hodges gave him vigorous assistance. Tregear makes few errors, but he must cultivate the tennis punch. Simpson played well, and by keeping the ball moving outlasted and tired Harraway out. Hart was too good for A. Nicolson on the day. The former'f reach is a fine asset, but to attain a higjier standard more vigor is necessary. G. Nicolson -was not at bis best against Tregear; the latter's reputation seemed to weigh heavily on opponents. Robertson duouyed improved form against Lewis. Talon all round, all the men's tingles matches lacked v jJs or » an d the play was below A grade. That " attack is the best defence" seemed to ba quite overlooked. One rubber remained unfinished, owing to failing light. These matches could easily and snould be concluded by 5.30, but they are allowed to drift into go-as-you-please affairs.
LAWN TENNIS, Issue 15661, 27 November 1914
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