Drung South steals premiership in a thriller

DRUNG South's A Special side became the second team from the club to win back-to-back premierships at Central Park on Saturday.

The reigning premier successfully defended its title, but not before a titanic struggle from Horsham Lawn in a 7-97 to 7-84 win.

Set scores were locked after the first section of play, as Horsham Lawn took both the men's doubles sets and Drung South won the women's doubles.

Dylan Emmerson and Craig Bergen nearly took the opening rubber off Lawn's David Gove and Andrew Brown, but lost 9-8 in a tie-breaker.

Andrew Dorman and Bruce Petering were too strong for Drung South in the other men's rubber, but Cath McDonald and Alex Barnes combined for a 9-2 win over Mikaela Turvey and Chris Knight to put the teams back on level pegging.

The singles section seemed to have set Drung South up for victory, with George Walker, Ahilaras and McDonald each recording wins.

Bergen and John Burford then combined in a 9-3 win over Brown and Petering to give Drung South a seemingly safe 6-3 lead in sets.

Horsham Lawn was far from done with though, and stormed back in the next four rubbers to take a 7-6 lead.

The grand final came down to the final set of the day, with Drung South holding an unbeatable advantage in games and Horsham Lawn up by a set.

McDonald and Batty delivered for the reigning premiers against Turvey and Tania Anderson, but it was not without a fight .

"They won the last set easily score-wise, but it wasn't as easy as the scores indicate," Burford said.

"A lot of the games went to deuce and there were a lot of long rallies.

"I haven't got any fingernails left."

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