Rain halts tennis
Only one match of Central Wimmera Tennis Association pennant play achieved a result at the weekend as inclement weather wreaked havoc on matches.
Drung South was well ahead in its match against Haven, 9-96 to 2-56, at the time play stopped.
It was enough to give the Drungsters a win heading into the holiday break and pushed them up to third place on the ladder.
Drung South won in large part due to the play of its singles players, who each won their rubbers.
Men Dylan Emmerson and Ben Argent won 8-3 and 8-5 against Ben Hartwich and Tom Bourchier respectively, while women Janelle Knight and Romi Miller had 8-2 and 8-5 victories against Kirby Knight and Rebecca Bird.
The final three rubbers were called off with Knight and Sandra Casey on the cusp of another victory for the Drungsters, leading 7-3 against Knight and Lucinda Bourchier.
St Michaels needed just two more rubbers to achieve its own victory against Horsham Lawn but ran out of time, with the scores standing at 6-53 to 3-34 when play was abandoned.
Lawn’s Graeme Wood defeated St Michaels number one man Ian Nitschke in an 8-0 whitewash, but the Saints dominated the rest of the singles rubbers. Peter Hayes downed Jae Mcgrath 8-5 and women Jess Mcdonald and Kassie Peachey defeated opponents Cherie Wood and Tanya Sudholz 8-0.
The washout draw leaves the Saints atop the ladder at the Christmas-new Year break, two games clear of second-placed Lawn.
Telangatuk East got its first points of the season with a draw against Kalkee. The Kees led 5-44 to 1-19 when play stopped.
Telangatuk East’s Daniel Rogers and Matthew Jones defeated Kees Jeff and Jordan Friberg 8-4, but the rest of the completed rubbers fell the way of the Kees.
Only two singles rubbers finished, with Jeff Friberg defeating Jones 8-3 and Anna Exell beating Courtney Price 8-1.
The Kees are now fourth on the ladder with a one-and-a-half game buffer over Haven.
STEADY: Drung South’s Romi Miller in action against Haven. Drung came away with the points, boosting it to third place on the ladder.