Deniliquin Lawn Tennis Club’s spring competition returned to the lawn courts which are in fine shape after the lay-off over winter on Saturday.
The lack of rain and the controlled water have presented courts with a good bounce with an occasional kicker.
After a welcome and update from the president, play was under way between Mitre 10 led by Peter Rae and Aimee Liefting as captains and Peppin Planners/TA Maher led by Clive Gow and Lourene Liebenberg.
The ladies’ sets went the way of Peppin who won four of five sets.
The return of Connie Haines from her 12 months overseas was a welcome boost to the Peppin team.
In the men’s sets it was much more even with sets divided four each.
Mixed sets were also shared two sets each, resulting in a win for Peppin 10-7 in sets.
In the other match between Taskers Battlers/Elders and Agspares/Legal Eagles it was a win to the latter led by Lachie Campbell and Jenny Hogan, 11 sets to six.
A strong display by Agspares’ men and also in the mixed sets were the foundation of the win.
Taskers’ ladies were able to claw back some ground in winning three of the five sets but it wasn’t enough on the day.
Club president Harley Moore advised players that once they had paid their membership fees they were welcome to play on the courts on any day. Some courts will always be available to members.
Moore encouraged players to take advantage of the courts mid week or on Sundays for some social tennis or to arrange a regular appointment with their mates.
‘‘It’s too good a club not to be used more often,’’ he said.
Next Saturday the two winning teams — Peppin and Agspares — will go head to head, while Taskers will play Mitre 10.
Teams on the day are made up of six men and four ladies and each player plays three sets of doubles with various partners.
Scoring for the matches sees points given for each set won with an extra two points awarded to the winning team.