Stawell tennis upset
The penultimate round of Stawell Tennis Club’s Friday night competition posed more questions than answers with grand-final hopeful Frewstal blowing a golden opportunity to book itself a spot in the ‘big dance’.
Frewstal lost to Farrers Tyrepower, while unbeaten Crowe Horwath was far from convincing in a narrow victory over likely wooden-spooner David O Jones Mitre 10.
Tyrepower got the jump on Frewstal and raced out to a commanding early lead, led by Chris Simpkin in the men’s section and Erin Freeland, in the women’s, continuing her rich vein of form. Both won all their sets for the evening
Up-and-coming youngsters D’aartagnan Walls and Luke Monaghan were also prominent on the night.
Frewstal stormed back into the contest winning seven of the last eight sets, but it was a case of too little too late, going down 13 sets 162 games to 14172 games.
Nathan Baker, Cameron Hancock and Millie Francis fought valiantly in the loss.
Mitre 10 was agonisingly close to upstaging raging premiership favourite Crowe Horwath, failing by just seven games to cause the boilover of the season.
Madi Freeland and Tess Bailey were inspirational as they sensed an upset brewing.
However, normal transmission resumed with the Crowe Horwath men regaining control of the contest, Aiden Lee, Mick Sullivan, Jonah O’shannessy and Zayne Hall leading the onslaught.
In the end Crowe Horwath maintained its perfect season record, but not without some anxious moments, winning 15-170 games to 12-163.
The club will break from tennis on Friday due to the long weekend, with play resuming on March 16 with the final round before a grand final.
Both matches that night will be important for the make up of the finals, with Frewstal and Tyrepower separated by two points for second spot.
Frewstal faces the tougher task of playing top-placed Crowe Horwath, while Tyrepower will lock horns with Mitre 10 in what promises to be a thrilling last round of action. Ladder: Crowe Horwath 105 points, Frewstal 77, Farrers Tyrepower 75, David O. Jones Mitre 10, 53.