Tennis report from Narooma Gold - Kathie Thackray ,Delma Thompson ,Narelle Dansey and Paula Underwood Narooma Gold played Bay Breeze in Batemans Bay on Thursday 12 April. With 30 degrees forecast - we all agreed to begin early and try to avoid the worst of the heat! Kathie Thackray and Narelle Dansey played their first 2 sets against Liz Barrington and Julie Boller. The first set was pretty tight till 3 all, but then Julie and Liz upped the anti winning the set 6-3. Kathie was frustrated that she just couldn’t establish a rhythm and was not much help to her partner. Meanwhile Paula Underwood and Delma Thompson were up against Trish Wheeler and Madge Elliott. The score on the first set was 6 -2 to Narooma, however this was not a good indication of the great rallies that were had. Madge was playing her usual consistent game and it was hard to get the ball past her. In their second set: They came back and Trish was committed to winning more points even though the heat was taking its toll. Paula and Delma put in a good effort but the Batemans Bay girls wound up winning this one 6-4. On the other court a real battle played out. Narelle was amazing and her usual consistent self - using beautiful ball placement. Kathie was still frustrated with her play and it was soon 5-0 to the Bay girls. But then the comeback began! Narelle was suffering badly from the heat and Narelle, Kathie and Liz were all pouring lots of water on themselves. Spray bottle was called for. More water was called for. Narooma hung in there and game by game they fought back. Narelle recalled Pat Cmiel suffering badly from heat the fortnight before but fighting on to win the set in a tie breaker and this vision inspired her to keep fighting. It wound up in a tie breaker which Kathie and Narelle won! When we all went into the clubhouse the Div 1 Bay girls had already decided it was too hot to continue play but there was no thermometer at the clubhouse to check the temperature on the courts as per the playing guidelines. The roadside local weather board temperature stated it was 36 degrees. Trish got a thermometer from the library and took it out onto the court and within minutes it registered 35 so play was cancelled on all courts. The Flamingos and Bay Breakers had planned on continuing play and some players were disappointed to stop. But Narooma Gold and Bay Breeze were very happy to stop at 2 sets all and 20 games all!