McEwen White opens gap in fourth spot
Teams in the bottom four will need to pull something special out of the hat in the rest of the Shepparton District Tennis Association pennant competition if they are to play finals.
McEwen Reserve White strengthened its hold on fourth position with a victory that came after a tough slog against Karramomus.
White was far from assured the win though, with 5-43 to 4-37 the final margin that gave it the four points to grab a two-game buffer inside the top four.
Men’s doubles matches and women’s doubles matches were split down the middle, with Ayden Graham, Brett Collins and Murray Akers excelling in the men’s division.
The McEwen Reserve trio blasted past their opposition to claim all three sets and build an eight-game buffer.
But that was a far cry from what was happening on courts next to them when Karramomus’ Marie Levett-Hall, Romney Cresswell and Carmel Linehan racked up the three sets in their contests.
Again eight games was the difference with all the pressure riding on the mixed doubles.
Two sensational sets were played and again the sides could not be separated until Collins joined with Rosemary Hemetsberger to dominate the final encounter 6-0 and secure the stunning victory.
Central Park’s and McEwen Reserve Opal’s clash began the same way as the White and Karramomus encounter, with each side boasting a dominant gender.
Opal had no troubles in the men’s doubles and Tim Comer, Ben Ladson and Geoff Akers were convincing victors across the three sets, while for Central Park Janelle and Elizabeth Pottenger and Meg Minogue saw off their counterparts.
But the mixed doubles clearly separated the sides with Opal combining to form a major gap and win the game 6-45 to 3-30.
Shepparton North proved far too superior for Lemnos in a 8-49 to 1-24 thrashing.
Wendy McHugh and Julie McClelland paired to win Lemnos’ only set of the day, while the Northerners tore away in all other avenues.