North a thorn in Saints’ side

December 05, 2017

Evan Cooknell led Shepparton North to a determined victory against St Brendan's after the Saints were too strong the last time the sides met.

Shepparton North and St Brendan’s lived up to their match of the round status.

In a drastic change from when the sides first met, North swooped to secure the victory 6-45 to 3-33.

The turnaround from a heavy defeat at the hands of the Saints early in the summer showed just how much the Evan Cooknell-led side has found its groove.

With the win, the gap between North and fourth-placed St Brendan’s widened to two games as North enjoys its stint in second place on the ladder.

The benefit of hard courts meant play did not have to be abandoned following heavy rain and North inflicted plenty of pain during the men’s doubles.

Keen to secure an early lead, Cooknell combined with Clark Pettigrew and Mark Jackson to win all three sets and build a 12-game lead.

Results were mixed in the women’s doubles with North’s Georgie Moore and Helen Jackson winning their side’s only set.

With Marie Gleeson playing a part in both of the Saints’ set wins, her side clawed back eight games in its favour.

But the mixed doubles was where the action heated up as two sets where decided in thrilling fashion.

While the outcome of the match was set, Xavier McBain and Lisa Trebley fought for their 7-5 victory against Pettigrew and Moore as Mark and Helen Jackson also had to scrap out a tiebreaker victory.

While Central Park could manage just two sets against league leader McEwen Reserve, the Parkers put up a fight in every encounter.

With the final scoreline 5-33 to 1-21, Central Park won a minimum of half the games it played in each set.

But McEwen is on top for a reason and shut down all of the assaults, aside from an Elizabeth Pottenger and Andrea Graham win in the women’s singles.

Women’s doubles was the most hotly contested event between Old Students and Karramomus.

While Karra’s Bronwyn Veal and Marie Levett-Hall brought home a three-game set win, the remaining two sets had Students in control.

Megan Hunter, Jenny Darcy and Donna Hyde were able to claim the break in each of the two sets to build a small advantage.

But with a dominant performance in the men’s doubles, Old Students were well on the way to a 7-48 to 2-31 victory.

Rain affected play in the A1/A2 division with the only match to go ahead was St Andrew’s blitzing McEwen Reserve Blue.

A sole game gave Shepparton North the win against Mooroopna Lawn in A3 division, with Kialla Park and Undera White also taking the spoils.

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