Mixed match a good catch

February 06, 2018

Shepparton North captain Evan Cooknell in action.

Fascinating mixed doubles action highlighted a spectacular Shepparton District Tennis Association match between St Brendan’s and Shepparton North.

The match went down to the wire with just two games the difference as the Saints claimed the win 4-39 to 5-37.

Heading into the final three sets, North trailed its opposition by seven games.

But a comeback was on as North captain Evan Cooknell and Kailee Densworth took their set 6-2.

Justine Bradley and Mark Jackson also combined for a two-game win, but with St Brendan’s pair Xavier McBain and Lisa Trebley sneaking their set in a tie-breaker, the Saints stayed on top.

An impressive display from Central Park’s women meant top side McEwen Reserve was made to work for its win.

The Parkers ensured an undermanned McEwen side would not find the return to competition easy, although the pennant leader still prevailed, 6-46 to 3-33.

McEwen’s Heather Thomson was joined by Emily Briggs and Pam Rigoli, with the trio only able to secure one set win.

Briggs and Rigoli were responsible for the victory, overcoming Linda Durling and Trish Evans 6-4.

But the remaining two sets in women’s doubles were testament to the grit of Central Park.

Janelle Pottenger and Linda Durling claimed the break against Thomson and Briggs to take the set, while Pottenger also teamed up with Evans for a victory.

Meanwhile, McEwen Reserve’s men had their side poised for success with Tim Comer, Bailey Opie and Geoff Akers securing a clean sweep of the men’s sets.

Mixed doubles also went in favour of McEwen Reserve, who furthered their margin by six games after winning two of the three sets.

Old Students moved past Karramomus without difficulty, prevailing 7-50 to 2-27.

Letting slip only a set in the men’s doubles and another in the women’s doubles, the remainder of the match went to plan as the Students try to secure back-to-back titles.

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