ST Michael’s got its 2013-14 Specsavers Central Wimmera Tennis Association season off to a perfect start against Central Park on Saturday.
The Saints won 11 sets to three in a one-sided affair at St Michael’s Tennis Club.
The story of the day was the impressive pennant debut of 13-year-old Saints player Olivia Nitschke, who stepped up in Melissa Hoffman’s absence.
Nitschke, the daughter of pennant players Ian and Ang, showed that she would be a star of the future.
She was unbeaten for the day after winning her first doubles match with Kassie Peachey 9-5 over Central Park combination Sophie De Wit and Amie Harrison.
Nitschke was involved in another victory with Diane Hayes before being paired up with her mum in a match their opponents forfeited.
Saints’ Chris Ellis said he couldn’t be happier with the side’s impressive opening round, but admitted he was a little surprised.
“We played well considering we hadn’t really practiced a lot,” he said.
“The first week is always a bit rusty.
“Kye Chapple didn’t play for Central Park, but his brother Jase hits a nice ball.”
The Drung South, Kalkee match was a much tighter encounter, with the former prevailing 8-89 to 6-68 on home soil. Both sides were undermanned, with six of the 14 rubbers decided by forfeit.
Massey won the battle of the Horsham Lawn sides with a 9-108 to 5-74 win over O’Connor. Central Park Red and Blue had mixed results in the A Special, with Red defeating Horsham Lawn 9-104 to 5-90, while Blue went down Brimpaen 8-97 to 6-91.
Drung South was the other round one victor, edging out St Michael’s 8-89 to 6-90.
South also won in the A Grade, smashing Kalkee 9-100 to 3-65.
Quantong had no trouble against Horsham Lawn, winning 10-99 to 2-72. Natimuk forfeited its match to Central Park.
Haven versus Noradjuha was an exciting tussle, with Haven getting over the line 7-92 to 5-62.
Homers and Haven both tasted nine sets to three wins in B Special, defeating St Michael’s and Brimpaen respectively.
Laharum’s victory over Natimuk wasn’t so clear cut, with 7-76 to 5-70 the final scores.
Laharum Red, Drung South-Horsham Lutheran, Haven Black and Quantong were the B Grade winners over Dadswells Bridge, Horsham Lawn, Natimuk and Laharum Navy respectively.