The Goulburn Murray Lawn Tennis Association bye resulted in an injection of talent into hard-court action at the weekend.
Shepparton District Tennis Association’s pennant contest between McEwen Reserve Gold and Tallygaroopna featured Mark Mills and Gabby Dwyer.
Filling in for Hope Curtis-McDonald, Dwyer played an important role as the Redlegs ran all over McEwen Reserve.
Dwyer teamed with Katie Ferguson to claim the first women’s doubles clash 6-4 against Narelle Maxted and Lyn Gibbs.
She followed this up with a 3-6 loss when playing alongside Alison Konig, but was back on the winners’ list in the mixed doubles with Mills.
Tallygaroopna only dropped one set, sailing away with the victory against the league’s second ranked side.
Maxted and Kathleen Davies claimed the only set win for the losing side.
Central Park notched its first win since November in an entertaining contest against McEwen Reserve Green.
The Parkers took victory 7-45 to 2-33 thanks largely to a dominant performance in the women’s doubles.
Janelle Pottenger was the common component in the big wins, teaming up with Elizabeth Pottenger and then Andrea Graham to win her two sets by a combined eight games.
Elizabeth and Graham then contested a tighter affair against Green’s Lara Wayman and Rosemary Hemetsberger, where the McEwen Reserve team secured the set in a tie-breaker.
Shepparton North could not quite pinch a win against St Brendan’s, ultimately succumbing 3-34 to 6-45.
As always Clark Pettigrew toiled hard for his side, playing a hand in all three of North’s set wins.
But some superb performances in doubles action, particularly from Marie Gleeson, helped the Saints prevail.
The final match in pennant/A1 had Old Students win via forfeit from Kialla Park.
A thriller was played out in A2/A3 action between Old Students/McEwen and Central Park. The margin could not have been smaller as the Students just held on to be on the right side of the 5-36 to 4-35 scoreline.
Shepparton North, Murchison, St Andrew’s and Karramomus came out on top in the remainder of A2/A3 games as Bunbartha and Shepparton North were too strong in A4.