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Old Students secure finals spot after comfortable victory

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March 07, 2017

A determined Old Students made light work of their higher ranked opponent to secure a finals spot in Shepparton District Tennis Association pennant competition.

A determined Old Students made light work of their higher ranked opponent to secure a finals spot in Shepparton District Tennis Association pennant competition.

The final round on Saturday saw the Students needing a victory to comfortably finish in the top four, as Shepparton North remained just two points behind.

With the Saints missing key men Xavier McBain and Brendan McMullan, the opportunity presented was one Old Students jumped on.

The Students claimed the match 8-52 to 1-22, as all three of the men’s doubles sets went the way of the winning side.

Giving their side the best chance, Jake Sprunt, Michael Telford and Brenton Kiel formed a brilliant trio, as their opposition could only manage three games.

St Brendan’s players Pieta Sleeth and Jacinta Harrington battled hard to claim a set for the home team, defeating Raelene Mundie and Jenna Darcy 6-4.

But the remaining two sets were claimed by the Old Students women as mixed doubles again saw the same side dominate.

Not only did the win ensure a top-tier finals berth for Old Students, but gives them a huge confidence boost that they can match it with their opponents.

The Students will take on Tallygaroopna this week after the Redlegs capped off the perfect season with a win against Central Park.

Tally doubled the opposition’s score in the convincing 6-44 to 3-22 win, with a brilliant display from the team’s men.

Only one game was relinquished to Central Park in men’s doubles, while the Parkers’ women fought back to claim all three sets in their competition.

Gold was responsible for ending North’s possibility of playing pennant finals, with a dominant 7-49 to 2-34 victory.

Tim Comer and Geoff Akers were superb as usual, combining with Jeremy Burr to bring the men’s doubles sets in favour of Gold.

North’s women showed plenty of fight with Georgie Moore, Wendy Sidebottom and Amanda Farrell winning two of three sets.

But Gold’s 6-0 win from Kathleen Davies and Kerry Walker proved damaging.

McEwen Reserve Gold also collected all three sets in the mixed doubles as it looks to a semi-final match against St Brendan’s.

With joint pennant and A1 competition, the bottom four on the ladder will play off in A1 finals with Shepparton North playing McEwen Reserve Green and Central Park taking on Kialla Park.

Combined A2 sees Karramomus and McEwen Reserve White battle, as will St Andrew’s and St Brendan’s, while Shepparton North plays Murchison and Old Students-McEwen are pitted against McEwen Reserve Blue in A3.

After securing top spot on the A4 table, Karramomus will play a semi-final against Shepparton North while Bunbartha and Kialla Park will compete at Undera.

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