McEwen Reserve seems to already have one hand on the Shepparton District Tennis Association pennant title.
The dominant side remains undefeated after facing every adversary once already this season — with a gap of two matches to the chasing pack opening up this week.
In a consistent theme which has appeared in the first five rounds, McEwen’s men had little trouble dealing with their Shepparton North opponents to help set up a comfortable 7-51 to 3-37 victory.
Tim Comer (6-1) and Bailey Opie (6-2) had easy wins in the singles category, while the former paired with Geoff Akers for a 6-4 set triumph and the latter a 6-1 success to take control of the early proceedings on Saturday.
North fought back through the women’s doubles rubbers, with Georgie Moore first pairing with Helen Jackson (6-3) and then Lauren Good (6-1), before McEwen’s Heather Thomson and Deb Hosie (6-1) ensured their side took a 13-game lead into the mixed ties.
If the score was closer it would have been a thrilling end to the match — with all three mixed doubles contests being forced to a tiebreak — but in the end the ladder-leader was simply too powerful on the court.
Old Students pulled off an upset to jump to second on the table after only conceding two sets to St Brendan’s.
The Students won all three men’s doubles and all three mixed doubles rubbers to storm away to a 7-51 to 2-34 victory.
Lisa Trebley, Jacinta Harrington and Marie Gleeson combined for St Brendan’s’ only two set wins in the women’s doubles, with Jake Sprunt, Aaron Plant and Brenton Kiel all remaining undefeated for the match for Students.
The final match of the round pitted previously winless pair Central Park and Karramomus against each other.
It was the former who came out on top after a tough clash, winning 6-48 to 3-32.
●McEwen Reserve White and St Brendan’s were among the winners in the A1/A2 competition, defeating St Andrew’s and Shepparton North respectively, while Kialla Park and Bunbartha remain undefeated in the A3 division, with Undera White also claiming a big victory by clean-sweeping the sets against Central Park.