Peter Hegedus (RBRs) and Michael Dixon (Pretenders) will play leading roles in the finals.
Peter Hegedus (RBRs) and Michael Dixon (Pretenders) will play leading roles in the finals. John Gass

Grand finals to be exciting

CRUNCH time comes early in the piece during the division 1 Tweed District Tennis Association Saturday Mixed Summer competition grand final at Club Banora tomorrow afternoon.

Minor premiers Club Banora RBRs match up with Club Banora Pretenders in the top division – each team comprises two men and two women who compete in two men’s, two women’s and two mixed doubles sets.

The first set brings together four in-form men, RBRs Adam King and Peter Hegedus and Pretenders Michael Dixon and Duncan Thelwall, with the victors putting their team into the box seat to claim the grand final.

Grand finals across four divisions will be contested with play commencing at 1pm.

The team which wins the best of eight sets is crowned premier. If sets are tied, the team winning the most games is declared the winner and if those figures are tied, the final mixed doubles teams will play a deciding set.

TDTA secretary Jeff Inglis expected all four divisions to be closely contested.

“There hasn’t been much between all the teams during the round-robin series and I’m expecting all four divisions to go down to the wire,” Inglis said.

Inglis believed the key players for Club Banora Die Hards in the division 3 grand final, in which they clash with Tweed Heads Aces, will be vastly experienced women Kerry Budzinauskas and Maureen Sceats.

“Maureen and Kerry take on two younger and far less experienced players in their doubles matches and they could give Die Hards the winning edge,” he said.

In the other lower division matches, Club Banora Gramps clash with Terranora Top Cats in division 2 and Tweed Heads Warrigals come up against Tweed Heads Awesomes in division 4, in which Rochelle Conaghan (Warrigals) will be on opposite sides of the net facing her father, Patrick, and sister, Kim.

Inglis expected the action on the courts to wind up “around 5.30pm”, after which the presentation of trophies will take place.

Each of the victors will receive engraved, stainless-steel insulated drinking bottles and prizes will also be awarded to the best male and female players in each of the divisions.

Local tennis now goes into a short recess until the end of the month when junior and senior teams across the district assemble for round one of the TDTA Saturday Mixed Winter competitions.

The winter series will be played under the same teams format as the summer competitions.

Inglis expected teams of 30 in both junior and senior divisions.

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