CENTRAL Park is now in second place on the Central Wimmera Tennis Association pennant ladder after a strong win over Horsham Lawn O’Connor on Saturday.
The Parkers won 10-107 to 4-48 in a dominant display to move up to second place, which was previously held by Lawn O’Connor.
Central Park’s men were in top form, winning all seven of their combined singles and doubles rubbers.
Healy Hammerton’s 9-8 win over Lawn O’Connor’s Jae McGrath was a standout singles rubber, but the Parkers’ men proved too strong on the day.
The women’s section was more closely contested as Horsham Lawn O’Connor narrowly won that half of the draw.
Rachel Ivess was part of three winning sets for Lawn, including a big 9-2 singles win over Olivia Lawson.
O’Connor dropped out of the top four with the loss.
The team is now equal with Lawn Massey – one win and two losses – and both have won the same number of sets.
In other pennant action, St Michael’s retained top spot on the ladder with a thrilling win over Kalkee.
The Kees have been well down on their grand final form of last season but welcomed back star inclusions Steve Schultz, Grant Schultz and Melissa Beddison.
The trio made an immediate impact as the Schultz brothers won each set they were involved in and Beddison teamed up with Debbie Lawson to deliver the Kees their only winning rubber in the women’s half of the draw.
Play went down to the final set of the day where Saints Ange Nitschke and Melissa Hoffmann beat Lawson and Anna Lehmann 9-3 to give their side a memorable 7-100 to 7-96 win overall.
The final pennant match pitted Drung South against Horsham Lawn Massey, with Drung South winning four of the first five sets to run out with a 9-103 to 5-87 win.
The trend of one half of a team dominating on the day continued with Drung South’s men only dropping one set.
In A Special play, Drung South was tested by Central Park Blue but did enough to come away with an 7-87 to 7-77 win and grab top spot on the ladder.
Brimpaen suffered its first loss for the season as Horsham Lawn had a good win, while Central Park Red downed St Michael’s.
A Grade action saw Central Park and Quantong continue to hold the top two places on the ladder, with wins over Drung South and Kalkee respectively.
Natimuk notched its second win in the historic night clash with Noradjuha – it was the first time an association match was played under lights.
Haven beat Horsham Lawn eight-sets-to-four.
Haven, Natimuk and Laharum all had big wins in B Special play, while B Grade saw Haven Green, Dadswells Bridge, Horsham Lawn and Haven Black on the winners’ list.