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Winning never gets Old

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March 06, 2018

SDTA pennant premier, Old Students: (Back) Jake Sprunt, Donna Hyde, Brenton Kiel, (front) Aaron Plant, Jenny Darcy, Raelene Mundie and Megan Hunter.

Old Students’ Raelene Mundie never loses sight of the ball.

Old Students have celebrated back-to-back pennant premierships in the Shepparton District Tennis Association.

The Students have been one of the most dominant teams of recent years and stood up when it mattered most.

Old Students took a 10-game win against McEwen Reserve, again defeating the same opposition it met in last year’s decider.

Aaron Sprunt captained the Students’ win and was particularly impressed with the performance of Raelene Mundie, Megan Hunter and Jenny Darcy.

‘‘We are very happy, I just think our depth through our women is was what won us the competition — with a 6-1 and a 6-0 win in the women’s it turned it around for us,’’ he said.

Old Students dominated women’s action in the overall 6-45 to 3-35 win with dominant performances in the two sets it won.

McEwen Reserve’s Lyn Gibbs and Heather Thomson stole back a set and after their teammates made inroads in men’s rubbers, the game remained there for the taking.

Tim Comer, Bailey Opie and Geoff Akers took out two of three sets, with Plant and Brenton Kiel responsible for claiming one back for the eventual premiers.

With a four-game lead heading into the mixed doubles, Plant remained confident.

‘‘I was fairly keen to find out what their (women’s) scores were after we came off and I was very happy that they made a couple of comprehensive set wins,’’ he said.

‘‘In the men’s doubles we were very competitive and it was only one break of serve (that decided) the two sets I played in.

‘‘I think we were confident we could be in front going into the mixed and confident that we’d be very competitive in the mixed and we were very happy to have a little bit of a lead to help us through.’’

Old Students showed itself as the supreme side in the mixed doubles, despite the influence of player of the year Comer.

The McEwen Reserve captain partnered with Lyn Gibbs, but went down to Jake Sprunt and Hunter by just a game.

With the remaining two sets building up the margin, Old Students again ensured McEwen Reserve would go home empty handed.

The Students defeated McEwen in the last round of the season to steal the minor premiership from their grand final opponents before capping off the season with the real thing on Saturday.

Sprunt was hopeful of keeping the successful side together for a tilt at the three-peat.

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