IN the match of the round, Royal Kings Park Tennis (RKPTC) women’s State League team gave Blue Gum a 5-1 hiding.
Played on soft grass in windy conditions, RKPTC’s unbeaten number 1 Bojana Bobusic led the charge with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Katy O’Shea.
Blue Gum’s Marisa Gianotti was the only player to offer any resistance in a long 6-0, 5-7, 6-4 three set win over Britt Sheed.
Bobusic, who has rejuvenated the RKPTC team, is a former 227 world ranked WTA player, previously filled in at the Hopman Cup, made main draws at the Brisbane and Hobart internationals and in 2012 won the Australian Open Wildcard Playoff Tournament beating Ashleigh Barty.
Bobusic had a very credible ITF and WTA career that was sadly cut short with injury.
The women’s derby between City Beach and North Beach played on grass had City Beach score a big 5-0 win.
City’s Steph Watson led the win with a hard fought marathon over KayLeigh Nicholas 6-2, 6-7, 7-6.
In a Watson family affair, her sister Maddy backed up the win over Steph White to take City to 4-0 up after the singles.
Cottesloe, even without Alicia Molik, was too strong for Hensman Park, winning six rubbers to zero.
In the men’s State League, Dalkeith (DTC) scored its second win of the season by the closest of margins against RKPTC.
Injuries to Jake Robinson and Ben Dallinger left RKPTC vulnerable and Dalkeith pounced with big wins by Dane Propoggia and Ollie Henderson only to have RKPTC’s Dean Cochrane and Conor Enslin at number four deliver great wins.
RKPTC won the first of the doubles to take the lead leaving DTC’s McCloskey and Rosso a set down and match points against them to scramble home 10-6 in the third set tiebreak.
In other matches, Cottesloe’s men backed up last week’s win with another 5-1 win over Peppermint Grove (PGTC).
Cottesloe were without National Academy coach Andrew Roberts but was up 3-1 after the singles and went on to win both doubles easily.
Ryan Godwin was PGTC’s only winner over Tim Wood, winning 6-1 in the third set.
The men’s match between leaders Mosman Park and Bayswater was rescheduled to Thursday, December 7.