Stawell tennis up­set

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport -

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.

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