KALKEE put the rest of the Central Wimmera Tennis Association pennant competition on notice with a massive 12-set win over Horsham Lawn O’Connor on Saturday.
The Kees won 13-124 to 1-69 – a result that showed the team has appeared to regain last year’s premiership-winning form.
Horsham Lawn O’Connor started positively as men’s pair Jae and Shane McGrath won the first set 9-7 against Jeff Friberg and Grant Schultz.
But from there it was all downhill.
Friberg and Steve Schultz easily captured their singles rubbers and the Kees’ number one woman Melissa Beddison followed suit before Anna Lehmann fought off Maree Thompson in a rubber that went down to the wire.
Kalkee has now moved back into the top four, with a superior percentage to both lawn teams.
St Michael’s extended its unbeaten start to the season with an arm wrestle win over last season’s runner-up Drung South.
The Saints won by two sets and eight games and were made to earn it the hard way.
St Michael’s won four rubbers by two games or less and had two tight sets go against them.
But the team rallied when it needed to, winning three of the final four sets to close out the victory.
Angela Nitschke and Diane Hayes’ 9-8 win over Drung South’s Emma Ryan and Kate-lyn Perkin in the final rubber of the day was symptomatic of the match.
The Saints now move to four wins from as many matches, while Drung South remains well-placed in third position despite sitting 2-2 with a percentage less than 100.
The final pennant match of the round saw Central Park move into second place on the ladder with a gritty win over Horsham Lawn Massey.
Massey started with wins in the first men’s and women’s rubbers of the day but could not sustain the momentum as brothers Kye and Jase Chapple led the charge for Central Park.
The loss leaves Horsham Lawn without a team in the top four.
In A Special, Drung South saw off Horsham Lawn 8-104 to 6-87 to stay on top of the ladder, Central Park Blue had its first win of the season over St Michael’s and Central Park Red beat Brimpaen.
A Grade action saw Central Park win to remain undefeated, while Quantong faltered for the first time against Natimuk.
Drung South beat Noradjuha and Kalkee handed Horsham Lawn another loss.
In B Special play, Homers crushed Brimpaen and St Michael’s beat Natimuk, while B Grade saw Natimuk, Laharum Red, Dadswells Bridge and Horsham Lawn all pick up wins.