Points countback gets monkey off back

Eastland Masters had two wins from their first two North Island Division 3 inter-association ties of 2019.

They travelled to Waikanae to play Auckland (3), who were relegated from Division 2 last year, and Horowhenua Kapiti (1), who had beaten Eastland for the past two years on a countback of games.

Getting the Horo Kapiti (1) monkey off their back was their aim and they achieved it, but only just — on countback of points after finishing tied 6-all.

It followed a 9-3 win over Auckland (3).

Eastland team members were Mark Beard, David Colbert, Justin Kent, Debbie Brown (also manager), Gabrielle Perano and Victoria West, all from the Gisborne club, Gary Teague from Manawatu and Jacque White. Adrianne McLeod pulled out with illness, so with the bare minimum of team members, fingers were crossed for an injury-free run.

Auckland 3) were an unknown quantity as Eastland had not played them for two years.

First-up pair West and White performed superbly, considering they had never played together before, to win 2-0.

First up for the men were Kent and Teague, who also won 2-0.

West and Perano then won their match in two games, continuing their strong showing from last year.

Brown and White were next on, and after a few teething problems — they had not played together before — they won in two games.

Brown and Perano were the last women’s doubles pairing on, and after struggling to find their usual form, they won in three games — 16.21, 21-19, 21-16.

The men continued the winning vein with 2-0 victories to Beard and Teague, Colbert and Kent, and Beard and Colbert.

It gave Eastland an unbeatable advantage heading into the mixed doubles where Colbert and West notched their only success

Against Horowhenua Kapiti (1), Kent and Teague repeated their morning performance to win in three close games. But that was the only Eastland win in the men’s doubles.

Beard and Colbert had a long match and fought hard, but lost 16-21 in the third.

West and White were the first women’s doubles on and dominated to win 2-0.

West then paired with Perano for an emphatic 2-0 win, followed by a similarly powerful performance from Brown and White.

Brown and Perano have a fantastic winning percentage against Horo Kapiti (1) but couldn’t get into their stride and lost in two close games.

Going into the mixed doubles, the match score was 4-all.

Teague and Perano got off to a slow start but surged back strongly and went on to win 21-12 in the third.

Kent and White couldn’t match the pace of their opponents and lost in two games, so heading into the last two matches it was still tied up.

Colbert and West showed grit and determination to win 21-16, 21-19.

It came down to Beard and Brown but after winning the first game 22-20, they battled for every point before going down 8-21 in the third.

At 6-all it went to a countback of games but that was also even at 14-all, meaning a countback of points. Eastland got there 508 to 480.

Their next ties are on May 25 in Rotorua. Eastland face North Harbour (4) and Counties Manukau (2).

Eastland Masters had two wins from their first two North Island Division 3 inter-association ties of 2019.

They travelled to Waikanae to play Auckland (3), who were relegated from Division 2 last year, and Horowhenua Kapiti (1), who had beaten Eastland for the past two years on a countback of games.

Getting the Horo Kapiti (1) monkey off their back was their aim and they achieved it, but only just — on countback of points after finishing tied 6-all.

It followed a 9-3 win over Auckland (3).

Eastland team members were Mark Beard, David Colbert, Justin Kent, Debbie Brown (also manager), Gabrielle Perano and Victoria West, all from the Gisborne club, Gary Teague from Manawatu and Jacque White. Adrianne McLeod pulled out with illness, so with the bare minimum of team members, fingers were crossed for an injury-free run.

Auckland 3) were an unknown quantity as Eastland had not played them for two years.

First-up pair West and White performed superbly, considering they had never played together before, to win 2-0.

First up for the men were Kent and Teague, who also won 2-0.

West and Perano then won their match in two games, continuing their strong showing from last year.

Brown and White were next on, and after a few teething problems — they had not played together before — they won in two games.

Brown and Perano were the last women’s doubles pairing on, and after struggling to find their usual form, they won in three games — 16.21, 21-19, 21-16.

The men continued the winning vein with 2-0 victories to Beard and Teague, Colbert and Kent, and Beard and Colbert.

It gave Eastland an unbeatable advantage heading into the mixed doubles where Colbert and West notched their only success

Against Horowhenua Kapiti (1), Kent and Teague repeated their morning performance to win in three close games. But that was the only Eastland win in the men’s doubles.

Beard and Colbert had a long match and fought hard, but lost 16-21 in the third.

West and White were the first women’s doubles on and dominated to win 2-0.

West then paired with Perano for an emphatic 2-0 win, followed by a similarly powerful performance from Brown and White.

Brown and Perano have a fantastic winning percentage against Horo Kapiti (1) but couldn’t get into their stride and lost in two close games.

Going into the mixed doubles, the match score was 4-all.

Teague and Perano got off to a slow start but surged back strongly and went on to win 21-12 in the third.

Kent and White couldn’t match the pace of their opponents and lost in two games, so heading into the last two matches it was still tied up.

Colbert and West showed grit and determination to win 21-16, 21-19.

It came down to Beard and Brown but after winning the first game 22-20, they battled for every point before going down 8-21 in the third.

At 6-all it went to a countback of games but that was also even at 14-all, meaning a countback of points. Eastland got there 508 to 480.

Their next ties are on May 25 in Rotorua. Eastland face North Harbour (4) and Counties Manukau (2).

Eastland 9 Auckland (3) 3: Beard-Colbert won 21-12, 21-15; Colbert-Kent won 21-13, 21-15; Beard-Teague won 21-17, 21-15; Kent-Teague won 21-16, 21-18; Brown-Perano won 16-21, 21-19, 21-16; Brown-White won 21-15, 21-17; Perano-White won 21-16, 21-6; West-White won 21-13, 21-11; Beard-Brown lost 15-21, 21-16, 8-21; Colbert-West won 21-16, 21-15; Kent-White lost 14-21, 15-21, Teague-Perano lost 21-17 18-21 18-21.

Eastland 6 Horowhenua Kapiti (1) 6 (Eastland won on a countback of points 508-480): Beard-Colbert lost 21-18, 16-21, 16-21; Colbert-Kent lost 17-21, 18-21; Beard-Teague lost 16-21, 17-21; Kent-Teague won 11-21, 21-12, 21-17; Brown-Perano lost 18-21, 17-21; Brown-White won 21-11, 21-12; Perano-West won 21-9, 21-10; West-White won 21-5 21-10; Beard-Brown lost 22-20, 13-21, 8-21; Colbert-West won 21-16, 21-19; Kent-White lost 15-21 12-21, Teague-Perano won 18-21 21-15 21-12.

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