Crowe Horwath pinches finals berth
Friday night tennis had an exciting conclusion to its home-and-away matches with Crowe Horwath, which had been languishing in fifth place all season, finally winning a spot in the top four.
To take the fourth spot it had to defeat Stawell Toyota on Friday night and did so by 21 games.
Crowe Horwath got points on the board early in the night to set up the victory.
Jo Blake and Bonnie Mcllvride won their set against Tarnee Orr and Laura Nicholson 8-1 and Bob Freeland and Josh Cox again gave their side the advantage with an 8-1 win over Ethan Blake and Paul Enriquez.
Toyota’s Andrew Dunn and Jesse Barber battled hard for their side’s last match of the season but Crowe Horwath had too many winners overall to book its spot in the finals.
The night’s other match was a preview of next week’s preliminary final with Farrers Tyrepower doing enough to take the win over David O Jones Mitre 10 by six games.
Tyrepower took the lead by seven games after the main doubles sets, but Mitre 10 was not about to give up as it won the first three mixed doubles sets to hit the front. But then Toyota’s Seth Blake and Bridget Johnson gave the lead back to Toyota with an 8-1 victory over Holly Graveson and Jintana Dunn.
The competition now takes a break for the Labour Day long weekend before resuming for two preliminary finals.