Central Wimmera Tennis Association clubs split finals wins

FOUR clubs shared in the spoils in the Central Wimmera Tennis Association junior grand finals on Saturday.

All six junior clubs were represented in the 12 grand finals, which were played at both the Haven and Central Park courts.

Haven emerged as the most successful junior club for 2013-14, qualifying seven teams for grand finals and winning four.

Quantong and Central Park were almost as successful, coming away with three premierships each.

Horsham Lawn finished with two premierships, including the boys 17 and under A Grade.

Although they did not win any grand finals, Laharum and Natimuk also had reason to be proud of their efforts on grand final day.

Laharum contested five grand finals and Natimuk was in two.

Spectators were treated to some high-quality tennis, with two matches standing out in particular.

Quantong overcame Haven Red in an arm wrestle in the girls 14 and under A Grade grand final.

The teams met twice in the home and away season and again in the first semi-final, with Haven Red winning narrowly twice and Quantong winning once. 

The opening two doubles rubbers were split by the teams, as were the singles rubbers. 

Set scores were locked at three each entering the final two doubles rubbers, with Quantong leading 24 games to 21.

The Bombers did enough to hold on in the final two rubbers, with Maddison Focroul and Emma Buwalda beating Lauren Bond and Sarah Hateley 6-0 and Rene Caris and Lori Heard managing to take four games off Romi Miller and Hannah Purtle.

The final score was Quantong 4-34 to Haven Red 4-27.

The boys 12 and under B Grade final also came down to the wire, with Central Park, 3-31, beating Haven Yellow, 3-26.

Horsham Lawn Black captured the 17 and under A Grade boys premiership in a surprisingly one-sided contest against Laharum.

 Laharum defeated Lawn Black twice during the season and finished on top of the ladder, but had no answers in the finals series, losing twice to the team.

Central Park Purple was another team to cause an upset, defeating Horsham Lawn in the girls 17 and under A Grade grand final.

Lawn was the minor premier and beat Central Park Purple twice during the season, but was defeated 5-36 to 3-27 on Saturday.

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