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Grand final date changed

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February 14, 2017

Shepparton Junior Tennis Association’s grand finals have been brought forward to Sunday, March 5.

Originally scheduled for three weeks later, too many players were forecast to miss as a result of the weekend coinciding with the Outward Bound Camp.

To accommodate the change, the association’s committee has cancelled round 15, except for 10-and-under competition, with semi-finals to be played on Saturday, March 4.

The weekend’s matches were still able to be contested, with sides taking to the courts in the early morning before the worst of the heat hit.

Shepparton Lawn Blue continued its quest towards a grand final appearance, fighting out a tough win against stablemates Black.

The best match had Blue’s Ella Downie and Fergus Wilson play Black’s Tom Turcato and Emily Schreck.

A marathon set ensured as neither pair could forge ahead in the encounter.

Heading to a tie-break, Turcato and Schreck produced an added spark to take the decider 11-9.

But while Black won both mixed doubles sets, Blue was the better team in the other battles.

Boys doubles was also sent to a tie-breaker with Kearney and Wilson prevailing over James Nethersole and Turcato.

Girls singles had Jaslyn Ferguson and Ella Downie impressive for Blue, with their side taking the game 6-43 to 2-30.

Kialla Park Red presented a strong front to Shepparton Lawn Red, but could not gain the points.

Kialla Park’s two set wins came in the boys singles, with Mitchell Roche and Luke Damon shining lights for their side.

But impressive performances from Gemma Collins and Elena Wall in the girls singles swayed the scorecard in Lawn Red’s favour.

Shepparton Lawn Green produced a clean sweep of sets against McEwen Reserve.

In a comprehensive team performance, all of Green’s players made an impact with Sam McInneny and Georgia Gattuso among the most dominant.

Kialla Park White captain Ellie Mifka led her side to a brilliant 7-43 to 1-29 win over Mooroopna Cats.

In contention to play finals, Mifka defeated Molly Tancred in singles before staying collected to also prevail in a tight girls doubles match alongside Sophie Smith.

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