Lemnos are no lemons in battle

March 06, 2018

SDTA A1 premier, Lemnos: (Back) Will Kop, Trev Feldtman, Scott McHugh, (front) Pete Jeffery, Julie McClelland, Wendy McHugh and Bridget Jeffery.

Lemnos has taken out the mantle of A1 premiers this season after overcoming St Andrew’s in a tough decider.

Five games separated the two sides in the 4-44 to 5-39 scoreline that went Lemnos’ way due to impressive performances in the mixed doubles.

Lemnos’ Peter Jeffery and Will Kop had their side looking like a premiership team when the duo breezed past the Saints combo of Stuart Walker and Jim Surkitt.

But St Andrew’s soon worked their way into the game, with Jeremy Nolan and Stuart Walker going down in a tiebreaker to Jeffery and Trevor Feldtman as the Saints claimed the final set.

Women’s action all went the way of St Andrew’s with a clean sweep of the sets.

The most entertaining was a contest between Lemnos’ Wendy McHugh and Julie McClelland, who lined up against Kerry Walker and Liz Nolan.

The match turned into a marathon as the Saints stars eventually wound out on top with a 10-8 win in the final game.

But Lemnos was able to fight back from being two games down heading into the mixed doubles, with their determination helping them strive to bridge the gap.

Peter and Bridget Jeffery took home a three-game win in the opening set, immediately putting Lemnos in front.

Kop and McHugh turned the minor lead into a reasonable buffer by blitzing Jeremy Nolan and Liz Nolan without dropping a game.

Although St Andrew’s pair Surkitt and Julie Cross were able to draw a victory in the final set, the premiership flag was presented to Lemnos.

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