Top ten­nis clash turns into fizzer

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Astawell top-of-the-ta­ble clash in

Ten­nis Club’s Fri­day night com­pe­ti­tion turned into a non-event with Crowe Hor­wath prov­ing to be a class above Far­rers Tyre­power.

Crowe Hor­wath scored an em­phatic 71-game vic­tory, with Stawell’s top-ranked male Blair Hart tak­ing full ad­van­tage of arch ri­val Joel Free­land’s ab­sence, drop­ping just six games against a hap­less Shane Field. Hart was back to his best af­ter in­dif­fer­ent form in re­cent weeks and was well sup­ported by fel­low skip­per Sue Blakey.

Con­sis­tent Mick Sul­li­van and Dakota Cos­son were also prom­i­nent in the vic­tory.

Karl Scott and An­gus Wil­liams showed why they are two of the top fan­cies in B Grade sin­gles club cham­pi­onships with an­other pol­ished dis­play, but it was not near enough for Far­rers Tyre­power, go­ing down eight sets 126 games to Crowe Hor­wath 19-197.

Frew­stal forced its way into sec­ond place with a com­fort­able 46-game win over cel­lar dweller David O Jones Mitre 10.

Led by co-cap­tains Howard Dunn and Jade Cross, Frew­stal was never chal­lenged in vic­tory.

Caitlin Martin and Mil­lie Fran­cis did their best to em­u­late Cross’s hero­ics, dis­play­ing great touch on their way to mul­ti­ple vic­to­ries, while Sandy Kel­las was also one of the bet­ter per­form­ing play­ers of the evening.

De­clan Pyke and Leon Mon­aghan bat­tled hard against the odds for the un­der­dog Mitre 10. its 17-190 to 10-144

This week sees a cru­cial bat­tle, which will have a huge ef­fect on the make-up of the fi­nal four when Tyre­power and Frew­stal lock horns.

A com­fort­able vic­tory ap­pears as­sured for un­beaten Crowe Hor­wath against a Mitre 10 team search­ing for it’s first vic­tory. Lad­der: Crowe Hor­wath 86 points, Frew­stal 64, Tyre­power 57, Mitre-10 41.

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