Tongala double dips for a pair of flags

March 20, 2018

GM2B premier Tongala. (Back) Abbey Nexhip, Stacey McGill, Lori Johnstone, (front) Dylan Nexhip, Damian Brennan and Corey Nexhip.

GM4 premier Tongala. Pictured are Grant Rayson, Sharynlee Shenfield, Leyton Shenfield, Yvonne Child, Micheal Whitley, Glenys Nexhip, Josh Foley and Mia Fort. Absent: Jaidyn Shenfield and Jo Risstrom

Tongala’s Goulburn Murray Lawn Tennis Association teams came up big on Saturday with a premiership double.

Its GM2B and GM4 sides proved too strong for Numurkah and Nathalia respectively, the division four side the more dominant winner with a 10-89 to 2-56 result.

The GM2B side had to do it the hard way, never comfortable in a seven-game win where it only won five of the 11 sets on offer.

And that’s exactly what team captain Corey Nexhip said he’d expected going in.

‘‘We were always pretty nervous going against Numurkah, because our matches have been close all year,’’ he said.

‘‘Again the set scores were six to five their way which is a testament to how close the teams are.

‘‘Luckily we did pretty well early in the day, with some good victories and a few good results in singles and that meant we went into mixed with a handy margin and that was enough.

‘‘We still had to work hard, but it was a bit easier having that breathing space.’’

Both sides had impressive singles winners; Matt Cason (6-4) and Catherine Church (6-2) for Numurkah and Dylan Nexhip (6-2) and Stacey McGill (6-0) for Tongala.

Despite winning less sets, keeping doubles matches close and recording big wins like McGill and Lori Johnstone (8-3), Dylan Nexhip and Damian Brennan (8-3) and Brennan and Corey Nexhip (8-4) proved a winning formula.

Corey Nexhip said a more structured team approach for the campaign allowed his side to come out on top.

‘‘We’ve been up the top for a lot of the season, we’ve only lost two matches, so it’s been better than previous ones,’’ he said.

‘‘We’ve had a lot more stability than previous seasons, most of the way we’ve had our full side, and not been looking for fill-ins.

‘‘With a lot more consistency, I think that showed at the end of the day.’’

The GM4 side had an easier time, capping what had been a dominant season with a 33-game win.

Five of its players — Glenys Nexhip, Yvonne Child, Mia Fort, Leyton Shenfield and Sharynlee Shenfield — marked the decider with three brilliant doubles wins as the side romped to the win.

Nathalia’s Rose Nihill won the GM2B female MVP, while Corey Nexhip won the male.

In GM4, Tongala’s Yvonne Child and Tatura Warbler Glenn Fennell won the awards.

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