It is getting tight at the top of the Shepparton District Tennis Association pennant ladder.
After looking almost invincible for much of the season, McEwen Reserve dropped its second match in as many weeks in the final fixture before the Christmas break.
In another rematch of last season’s grand final — the third for this campaign already — defending champion Old Students proved too strong for the home side 6-41 to 3-28.
Aaron Plant was the spearhead of the victory with three set wins for the contest, but it was the Students’ consistency that proved the deciding factor as the side won two of three ties in every category.
The Students move to 30 points in 11 matches — just four behind McEwen — and with Shepparton North defeating Central Park 6-46 to 3-37 to also move to 34 points. It leaves one win separating three teams.
The other pennant clash had St Brendan’s (7-47) claiming the win against Karramomus (2-21).
●St Andrew’s had a day out against McEwen Reserve Green on Saturday.
The A1-A2 contest was seemingly over not long after it began as Stuart Walker, Jim Surkitt and Arthur Trinder combined to snare all three men’s doubles contests.
St Andrew’s women then continued the dominance in their ties, with Kerry Walker, Julie Cross and Kate Brett conceding just three games in three sets.
To Green’s credit it pushed the mixed doubles ties right to the wire — with Charlie Thomson and Pam Rigoli taking their fixture against Surkitt and Cross to a tie-break game — but could not manage to find a set victory.
The final scoreboard read 9-54 to 0-25 in favour of St Andrew’s.
Other results in the division included St Brendan’s defeating McEwen Reserve Blue 6-47 to 3-41 and McEwen Reserve White (5-44) engineering a win over Old Students (4-41).
●The closest A3 clash of the round was between Mooroopna Lawn and Central Park, which finished 5-44 to 4-41 in favour of the former.
Shepparton North, Bunbartha and Kialla Park also had reason to celebrate after triumphing.