ST Michael’s continued its solid start in the Central Wimmera Tennis Association pennant competition with a win over Horsham Lawn Massey in round two on Saturday.
The Saints prevailed nine sets to five at Horsham Lawn Tennis Club.
St Michael’s was dominant in the doubles, with the women in great touch taking all four doubles sets on offer in their section.
But it wasn’t all the visitors’ way, with Massey taking out three of the four singles sets.
Horsham Lawn president Jai Harrington said it was a pleasing statistic.
“It was great to do that. Our challenge now is to see if we can spread that success across to our doubles,” he said.
Harrington said St Michael’s was shaping up as the team to beat early in the competition.
“They have great depth and they didn’t have their strongest team in and were still difficult to beat,” he said.
“I would say they will be up there again this year.”
The other lawn outfit – Horsham Lawn O’Connor – bounced back from a defeat last week to overcome Drung South 10 sets to four.
Drung was forced to forfeit three sets with only three women players.
Harrington said O’Connor’s match practice against Massey last week helped them.
“I think that prepared them a little better for the battle, and I think the combinations in the doubles might have also proved the difference on Saturday,” he said.
“We were really pleased to get the win. Last year Drung was very strong.
“The courts at lawn were in fabulous condition and the play had a really nice feel to it.”
In the final pennant match Central Park upset Kalkee 11 sets to three.
Like Drung, Kalkee had to forfeit three sets, with only three women available to play.
In A Special competition the Central Park teams had mixed results, with Blue beating Lawn in a close tussle and Red falling to Drung South.
Brimpaen posted its second win with victory over St Michael’s 11 sets to three.
Quantong, Central Park and Kalkee all had big wins in A Grade, beating Haven, Horsham Lawn and Noradjuha nine sets to three respectively.
Natimuk was the other winner of the round with a narrow win against Drung South.
In B Special, Haven and Laharum crushed Natimuk and Homers respectively and Brimpaen beat St Michael’s.
Haven Black, Drung South Horsham Lutheran and Laharum Red were the winners in B Grade, while Horsham Lawn defeated Natimuk on forfeit.