Junior teams jostle for finals spots

JUNIOR action in the Central Wimmera Tennis Association will resume at the weekend after play was abandoned on Saturday due to extreme heat.

The abandoned round of matches has big finals implications for junior teams battling to make the top four, with only three matches now remaining in the season.

Haven's bid to qualify for the 17 and under girls A Grade finals became a lot harder after the team missed out on its scheduled match against bottom of the ladder Central Park Gold.

Haven is tied with fourth-placed Central Park Purple on 16 points, but trails on percentage.

A win at the weekend would have moved Haven into fourth place had Purple lost to intra-club rival Central Park Orange.

The position will be on the line this weekend when Purple travels to Haven in what is sure to be a hotly contested match.

In their previous meeting Central Park Purple cruised to a win against Haven, with star sisters Steffi and Jess McDonald dominating.

Elly Blakeley was the lone set winner for Haven, getting up 6-0 over Ellena Binney.

Since that meeting the two teams have lost five of their past six combined games, meaning a win this weekend would be extremely valuable.

In boys 14 and under A Grade action, Central Park Black has benefited from the week off, missing out on a match-up with third-placed Horsham Lawn Green.

Instead, the fifth-placed Black side will face Central Park Orange with only two points separating them on the ladder.

The winner will be in the top four at the end of the round.

Orange narrowly defeated Black 4-36 to 4-29 in their previous meeting in November, but three forfeited sets from Black helped Orange's cause.

Ben Hobbs, Colby Ledgar and Ben Scott combined to win four of the five sets played for Black, and will be hoping to repeat that performance on Saturday.

In 17 and under boys A Grade, the final four is now set in stone.

Laharum, Horsham Lawn Black, Horsham Lawn Yellow and Haven will all play finals, but the order they will finish in is far from decided.

Laharum remains in the box seat to finish on top of the ladder with only two losses to its name, but both Horsham Lawn teams could finish on top if results go their way.

Lawn Yellow should have a win against Central Park this round, while Laharum takes on Haven.

In girls 14 and under A Grade, Horsham Lawn Pink and Central Park face tough tests to keep their slender finals hopes alive. 

Bottom side Lawn Pink faces second-placed Haven Red, while the Parkers play Haven Blue.

Haven Blue won five sets to three in the last meeting between the teams.

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