Dalkeith Tennis Club top of State League men’s ladder

Mitch Pleydell got Cottesloe off to a good start
Mitch Pleydell got Cottesloe off to a good start

THE State League tennis home and away fixtures finished with a jostle between Dalkeith and Hensman Park for the top spot in the men’s competition with the former finishing the season on 196 points, just one point ahead of Hensman Park.

Hensman, needing a win over the dangerous fifth placed Alexander Park Tennis Club (APTC), went down 2-3 rubbers.

The win, led by touring pros Harry and Eddie Bourchier, wasn’t enough for APTC and left them on 150 points, just short of jumping Cottesloe on 155 in to fourth. Hensman will now host the second semi-final at home against Royal Kings Park Tennis Club (RKPTC) on Saturday.

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Across town, Cottesloe took advantage of a depleted Dalkeith team to scramble to a three rubbers all, 8-6 sets win and clung on to fourth spot.

Mitch Pleydell was stretched by Christian Harding to take the first set 6-7 in a tiebreak to get Cottesloe off to a good start.

Pleydell, who is a State Academy assistant coach with Tennis West and brother Joel have teamed up for seven seasons at State League level and have been the heart of the Cottesloe team in the past four years.

A strong win by Dylan McCloskey, who is having his best season, in straight sets over Joel Pleydell at number two and Dalkeith’s Ollie Henderson tough three-set win over Will Hann had the competition leaders draw even on rubbers but a set down after the singles.

Dalkeith captain Josiah Tyson was exuberant.

“To go from bottom last year to lead the competition has been a huge turn-around, we secured sponsors, our players have a great team culture and the Fins will be up and about next week with the return of Tom Fancutt and Tristan Schoolkate,” he said.

In the women’s competition North Beach, who finished the season on 124 points and were considered a team that could cause an upset if they made the finals, needed a win over Royal Kings Park to dislodge Hensman Park in fourth spot. Locked at 2 rubbers all after the singles, Kings Park put the result beyond doubt with two easy wins in both doubles.

RKPTC will host the second semi-final against Blue Gum Park.

Cottesloe’s women finished the season on top and dominated with a 5-1 rubber win over Hensman who finished on 126 points.

They will now host the first semi-final at home in a rematch against Hensman.