Reserve banks first blood

October 10, 2017

Bunt: Old Students player Jake Sprunt looks to return the ball from close to his body.

Ben-ding the elbow: McEwen Reserve tennis player Ben Ladson gets back into the swing of things during round one action.

Going in for the Kiel: Old Students player Brenton Kiel looks to hit a winner.

The new Shepparton District Tennis Association season kicked off in style at the weekend with players serving up some brilliant performances.

A pennant grand final rematch between reigning premier Old Students and McEwen Reserve looked likely to go down to the wire after the early ties.

Jake Sprunt (Old Students) took out the first men’s singles contest 6-1 before McEwen’s Bailey Opie hit back with a 6-3 victory of his own.

The doubles ties were just as even, with both teams taking one apiece to leave the match delicately poised at 2-15 to 2-18 Students’ way.

But from there it was all the home side, with McEwen taking out all three women’s doubles battles and two of the three mixed doubles ties to storm to a 7-47 to 3-28 win and atone for last season’s grand final heartbreak.

Other pennant results saw Shepparton North (5-38) defeating Central Park (4-34) in a close contest, while St Brendan’s proved far too strong for Karramomus in its 7-48 to 2-27 triumph.

●The combined A1-A2 division threw up an absolute thriller of a result in the clash between Lemnos and Murchison.

Despite winning more sets than its opponent, Murchison fell agonisingly short of victory, eventually losing 5-40 to 4-41.

Lemnos began the match slowly, losing all three men’s doubles ties, but what kept it in the contest was that none of them were by more than two games.

It allowed the team to come roaring home with four victories in the final six ties.

When looking across the contests though, it seems like the losing performance of Lemnos pairing Wendy McHugh and Julie McClelland proved decisive in overall victory, with the 3-6 result close enough for their team to claim success.

Other results in the grade included McEwen Reserve White (7-50) defeating McEwen Reserve Blue (2-28), Shepparton North (6-37) finding winning form against Old Students (3-31), St Brendan’s triumphing over St Andrew’s 7-49 to 2-36 and McEwen Reserve Green having a delayed start to the season with a bye.

●Kialla Park handed Undera Blue the largest defeat of the weekend in the A3 division, claiming the points 8-53 to 1-19.

Bunbartha also had a great day on the court, winning 6-45 to 3-28 against Shepparton North.

Karramomus and Mooroopna Lawn also started the new season with a victory.

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