Flag decider sequel set up

February 27, 2018

Old Students Sam Wieland hopes to keep this shot in play.

Old Students' Alan Tricarico takes aim.

St Brendan's player Jacinta Harrington is set to make an impact.

There will be a rematch of last year’s Shepparton District Tennis Association grand final after McEwen Reserve and Old Students won through to the flag decider.

While the two teams deserve their spot having been the best in the competition, Shepparton North was not willing to exit without a fight.

North contested the preliminary final against McEwen Reserve and exerted some influence on the men’s doubles.

Clark Pettigrew combined with Mark Jackson for a set win before he played alongside Evan Cooknell to take out another.

But McEwen Reserve showed the resolve that helped it sit in top position for most of the year.

Bailey Opie and Geoff Akers stole back the final set of the men’s doubles, in line with how effective their teammates were going in women’s competition.

Lyn Gibbs, Heather Thomson and Deb Hosie were responsible for building the buffer that brought McEwen Reserve its 5-45 to 4-37 win.

The trio won all three of its sets by a margin of 11 games to create a lead of eight heading into the mixed doubles.

North did its best to bring back the match in its favour by claiming two sets.

But with all the sets in mixed doubles closely fought, it would not be enough to send North into the grand final.

Old Students are out to defend their title after securing a 7-51 to 2-31 victory against St Brendan’s.

The Students stamped their mark on the match early with Jake Sprunt and Aaron Plant taking out a men’s doubles set against Xavier McBain and Paul Howard.

McBain then teamed up with Andrew Douglas to build some confidence by securing a set in a tie-breaker, but Old Students made sure the final set went to plan.

The Saints again only managed to find a way to win one set in the women’s doubles, with Lisa Trebley and Jacinta Harrington prevailing.

But Raelene Mundie, Jenny Darcy and Donna Hyde were dominant in the remaining sets, with all three mixed doubles encounters going the way of Old Students.

St Andrew’s and Lemnos will fight for the A1 premiership after both sides recorded comfortable victories.

St Andrew’s won eight of its nine sets against McEwen Reserve, while Lemnos breezed past St Brendan’s.

Old Students’ A2 season ended in heartbreak after going down to McEwen Reserve Green by a game, with Blue to meet McEwen Reserve Blue in the final.

Karramomus and Kialla Park contested an A3 thriller, with Karra taking the spoils, while Bunbartha also takes impressive form into the big dance.

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