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Epic finish to final battle

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March 07, 2017

Mooroopna Cats Aidan Basile uses all his strength to smash a potent backhand.

Shepparton Lawn Green's Nicola Dainton watches her ball glide over the net.

There could not have been a more epic finish to the A-grade Shepparton Junior Tennis Association final on Sunday.

Shepparton Lawn Blue took to the McEwen Reserve Courts against Shepparton Lawn Red where both sides produced an epic spectacle.

Red snatched the premiership by just one game in a 4-35 to 4-34 final scoreline, leaving Blue without anything to show for its commendable display.

Red made an impact in the boys’ and girls’ doubles, claiming both sets.

Charlie Maude and Noah Dunham defeated Blue’s Hugo Kearney and James Butts 6-3 as Elena Wall and Gemma Collins were too good for Jaslyn Ferguson and Ella Downie.

Sets were shared across the girls’ and boys’ singles competition as the star-studded line-up saw the match grow more even.

Maude and Wall secured sets for Red as Blue was well served by Butts and Downie in individual contests.

While Red showed itself king of boys’ and girls’ doubles, Blue stepped up in mixed competition.

Taking both the mixed doubles sets, Blue tried desperately to snatch a win but ultimately fell short, resulting in Red being crowned A-grade champion.

Shepparton Lawn Green did not let its game be decided in such a close manner, taking out the B1 flag against Mooroopna Cats 7-55 to 4-44.

The winning side shone in mixed doubles, conceding just the one set.

Milla Pogue’s partnership with Luke Turcato for Green was particularly impressive as they won their tussle against Harry Crilly and Chelsea Jones without conceding a game.

The B2 premiership had Kialla Park’s name written all over it, defeating McEwen Reserve 8-57 to 3-39 to enjoy the spoils.

Kian Roche, Lachi Bonham-Fitzsimmons and Molly Kennedy won every set they played in for the Parkers in a comprehensive team display.

St Brendan’s was too strong for McEwen Reserve in C-grade, only dropping three sets on its way to a 8-55 to 3-37 title win.

D-grade saw McEwen put in a spectacular performance against Shepparton Lawn Brown as the scoreboard showed a 9-59 to 2-30 victory.

Mooroopna Cats White and Mooroopna Cats Blue played off in a heart stopper in singles division one as Blue just crossed the finish line in front, 3-28 to 3-27.

Singles division two grand final action saw Nathalia Purple narrowly prevail 4-27 to 2-21 against Kialla Park.

Nathalia Lawn was also too good for Kialla Park in the singles division three grand final, with a 5-32 to 1-21 win.

Kialla Park Yellow was named the best side for the doubles division two season, too strong for Shepparton Lawn Green in the 5-35 to 1-25 win in the grand final.

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