Red letter day for Blue Gum members


Nicole Sewell, Nina Catovic, Hannah Appleyard, Sheridan Currie and Astrid Kanther.
Nicole Sewell, Nina Catovic, Hannah Appleyard, Sheridan Currie and Astrid Kanther.

The team, comprising Nicole Sewell, Nina Catovic, Hannah Appleyard, Sheridan Currie and captain Astrid Kanther, trailed 3-1 after the closely contested singles matches.

Bad light caused the doubles to be postponed until the following morning, giving the Blue Gum Park team time to take stock of its precarious position.

“Having the opportunity to sleep on it was definitely good for us as a team because it gave us a break and halted the momentum for North Beach,” Kanther said.

“We all got together on Saturday night and worked it out mathematically in terms of games and sets.

“We were down three games to one but had picked up two extra sets so we knew that if we won both doubles games, at least one by straight sets, we’d be on top.”

The final resumed 8.30am on Sunday, with Currie and Appleyard beating their North Beach opponents Kay Leigh Nichols and Carmen Watroba 7-6, 4-6, 10-8.

“The tie-break was unbelievable; my heart was pounding the whole way through,” Kanther said.

“We were up quite comfortably and then suddenly 8-6 down, one point away from match point.

“Then we won a pretty epic point at 8-8 before closing the game out 10-8.”

With Blue Gum Park’s two best players taking to the court for the final game, Kanther was feeling confident that the straight sets victory needed to secure the championship was within reach.

Sewell and Catovic did not disappoint, blasting past Shona Lee and Hannah Innes 6-4, 6-3 to add a third piece of women’s silverware to the Blue Gum Park trophy cabinet in as many years.

“We won last year as well and the year before that we actually won to Division One, which earned us the right to play State League,” Kanther said.

While only five Blue Gum Park women played a part in the grand final, the team also included Janelle Cuthbertson, Charlotte Cannon, Candice Thorpe and Lia Tapper.