THURGOONA Cats have rocketed to second place in the Albury Tennis Association’s section 1 men’s competition after defeating Wodonga Raiders.
Evergreen Rodney Wurtz showed his class with two singles and doubles wins to lead Cats to a narrow 5-46 to 4-41 triumph.
Mathew Paull and Andrew Healy were two-set winners for Wodonga Raiders.
The second match was more one-sided with ladder-leader Forrest Hill Galahs comfortably taking the points against St Patricks/Diggerville.
Joshua Graetz again led the way for The Hill with good support from Michael Reid and Ross Graetz with Elias Tukoroa a standout for SPD.
Forrest Hill Tulips moved to the top of the section 1 ladies table after a dominant display against SPD.
Tulips, with the inclusion of stand-in Sally Bulle, completely outclassed an under-strength SPD unit.
With the match locked at two sets all, Forrest Hill Magpies claimed the final two sets to record a 4-43 to 2-38 win over Glenly.
An outstanding contribution from stand-in Cheryl Rawle was the key, while Alysson Moscher and Chris Huntington were good for Glenly.
Section 2 men’s action was highlighted by several close matches including SPD White’s second drawn contest for the season.
Mark Neil won his three sets for the second week in a row including a convincing final set to enable Wodonga Bushrangers to level the match.
Thurgoona Sharks held off a fast-finishing East Albury.
Patrick Garratt, Paul Cranne, Terry McLean and Lachlan Stoll did all the hard work early before East stormed back to fall just short.
An unbeaten Dom Mahaffey couldn’t pull off the win for Albury Blue against Forrest Hill Galahs.
Singles victories by Peter Simpson and Harry MacPherson-Wood paved the way for a five-game salute by Galahs.
Sacred Heart made a solid start before being overrun by Thurgoona Sharks while the final match saw a comprehensive win for Forrest Hill Diggers over Wodonga Cowboys.