St Michael's scores convincing win

ST Michael's continued on its winning ways with a big win over Horsham Lawn O'Connor in Central Wimmera Tennis Association pennant action on Saturday.

It was the first day of competition for the year after the past two rounds' matches were cancelled due to heat.

St Michael's won 11 sets and 115 games against Horsham Lawn O'Connor to extend their winning run to five matches and remain three matches clear at the top of the ladder.

Ian and Ange Nitschke did much of the damage for St Michael's, taking out every set they played in.

Kalkee welcomed back Steve and Grant Schultz and Melissa Beddison and made easy work of Horsham Lawn Massey.

The Schultz brothers were dominant in their return to the Kalkee line-up, winning every set they were involved in, while Beddison retained a similar record in the women's sets.

Kalkee's 11 sets and 115 games was far too strong for Horsham Lawn Massey, who could only manage three sets and 68 games.

But with Kalkee's top players back in time for the finals, the race remains wide open with two matches remaining in the home and away season.

If Kalkee retains its current spot in fourth it will set up a blockbuster first semi-final against St Michael's, who they have had two nail-biting clashes against earlier in the season.

St Michael's has been the best team this year but a fully fit Kalkee line-up will hold no fears going into a final, knowing their best is good enough to match it with anyone.

Central Park kept its hopes of a top two finish alive with a clinical display against Drung South.

In a match expected to be closer, the Parkers took out 10 sets and 110 games to Drung's four sets and 81 games.

The win sees the Parkers in outright second, with Drung four points behind in third.

The two Lawn teams look out of finals contention and sit in fifth and sixth, with only the positions within the top four to be decided.

In A Special, Horsham Lawn easily overcame St Michael's 11 sets to three, Central Park Red beat Central Park Blue eight sets to six and Drung South had a walkover win after Brimpaen forfeited.

A Grade saw Drung South win a thriller against Kalkee 85 games to 80, Natimuk beat Central Park, Noradjuha was too good for Haven winning seven sets to five and Quantong easily accounted for Horsham Lawn -  10 sets to two.

In B Special, Laharum thrashed Brimpaen 10 sets to two, Homers were dominant against Natimuk and St Michael's forfeited, giving Haven the points.

B Grade saw Laharum Red dominate their Navy compatriots 11 sets to one, Drung South-Horsham Lutheran beat Natimuk and Haven Green forfeited to Quantong.

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