LBU and Yarra reign supreme

March 20, 2018

GM3 West premier Lockington-Bamawm United. (Back) Milo Condliffe, Darryl Squires, Ian Haines, Grant Humbert, Jeremy Mundie, Narelle Bacon, (front) Lois Toohey, Faye Bail, Katie Condliffe and Mel Haines.

GM3 East premier Yarrawonga. (Back) Jenny Buerckner, Josh Buerckner, Daryl Bennett, Mike Lairson, Amy Lairson, (middle) Gert Brunner, Anna Castles, Jenelle Bennett, Narelle Bassett, (front) Fraser Bennett and Jack Bassett.

Lockington-Bamawm United won a thrilling GM3 West grand final on Saturday, knocking off Rochester by three games.

LBU would edge the 13 sets seven to six, but never found breathing room in a match neck-and-neck throughout.

Jeremy Mundie’s 6-0 demolition of Jaycob Dingwall helped get the score moving in LBU’s direction, and Daryl Squires was able to make it a clean sweep of singles with a 6-5 win against Jack Ingram.

Grant Humbert won two doubles sets for LBU as did Faye Bail, the pair combined to beat Simon Ireland and Sarah Ingram 8-5.

Karen Taylor was Rochester’s most valuable player with three sets and was named best-on-court, but LBU had too much firepower, Ian Haines and Lois Toohey helping to seal the deal with an 8-0 triumph against Jack and Elizabeth Ingram.

It capped a brilliant finals campaign for the side that finished third on the ladder, having won three straight games to claim the flag.

Elizabeth Ingram was named female MVP of the division, while the Tatura Curlews’ Damian Smith took out the award for males.

â—ŹYarrawonga capped an undefeated season with a grand final hammering of Cobram Cobras.

It won 11 of the 13 sets on offer to build a comprehensive margin, winning 11-95 to 2-51 to ensure it will go down as the division’s champion side.

Josh Buerckner and Daryl Bennett won singles comfortably, 6-1 and 6-0 respectively, before the doubles continued to go the side’s way.

Mike Lairson and Anna Castles each picked up three doubles sets, while the combinations of Helen Bruni-Kerrie Fisher and Rod Armstrong-Gretta Luci got Cobram on the board.

Bennett was named best-on-court for his brilliant singles display and also was named the division’s male MVP, with teammate Gert Brunner named female MVP.

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