Another weekend, another McEwen Reserve domination.
An outstanding run of Shepparton District Tennis Association form for the undefeated pennant ladder-leader continued on Saturday with a 7-53 to 3-36 victory over Old Students.
Once again it was in the men’s categories where McEwen really took control of the contest — claiming set success in both men’s singles rubbers, both men’s doubles and two of the three mixed doubles.
Tim Comer and Geoff Akers went through the match undefeated, while Lyn Gibbs claimed two of her three rubbers, combining well with Deb Hosie in the women’s doubles and Comer in the mixed event.
For the Students, Donna Hyde was a clear shining light as she was involved in all three of her team’s set triumphs.
St Brendan’s moved into second spot on its own after round six, but not before suffering an almighty scare against winless Karramomus.
The home side won four of the first six rubbers to stake its claim for a maiden victory, heading into the mixed doubles ties with a 4-27 to 2-24 lead.
St Brendan’s pair Xavier McBain and Lisa Trebley took the honours in their rubber 6-4, but Karramomus’s Tom Jeffrey and Marie Levett-Hall also claimed a 6-4 win to leave the match delicately poised.
It then took a stellar performance from the away side’s duo of Stephen O’Connor and Georgie Michel to drag their outfit over the line, engineering a 4-40 to 5-38 triumph with a 6-1 set win.
The finish to the final pennant clash was even more thrilling.
Shepparton North and Central Park could not be split after the nine-set rubbers, with the final score 39 games apiece.
North claimed one more set (five) in the match, but did not dominate enough of them to shake the home side.
Results in the A1/A2 division were decidedly less tense, with most victors cruising to the finish line.
These included Lemnos, McEwen Reserve White, McEwen Reserve Green and St Andrew’s, while Karramomus, Central Park, Kialla Park and Undera White all had something to celebrate in A3.
Kialla’s win was impressive in that it defeated previously unchallenged Bunbartha 6-49 to 3-30 to claim top spot outright.