Close matches in Central Wimmera Tennis Association junior competitions

THERE were some enticing encounters in the junior divisions of the Central Wimmera Tennis Association across the weekend. 

In section one open, Natimuk and Central Park Blue played out the first draw for the season in the competition. 

All the sets read the same scoreline, 6-2, with each team taking three sets each and 24 games each. 

Heading into the final two sets, Central Park Blue were down three sets to one and mounted a solid comeback to earn the draw. 

Logan Casey was in good form for Central Park Blue, winning his singles set against Jayden Scott meaning it all came down to the last set. 

Tyler Pidgeon won the set for Central Park Blue against Natimuk’s Sam Hennessy to level the game on sets and games. 

The teams are also dead even on the ladder, with five wins, six losses and now one draw for the season. 

Central Park Blue sit third with superior percentage over fourth-placed Natimuk. 

There were almost two draws for the day, with Haven Green beating Central Park White by a single game. 

Both sides won three sets each, with Haven Green taking 26 games to 25. 

Heading into the last rubber Central Park White trailed by seven games and a set.

Alexander Goldsmith defeated Haven’s Hettie French 6-0 to close the gap. 

Haven Green sit second, behind their club rivals, who had an easier win against Horsham Lawn. 

Haven Black won four sets and 28 games to Lawn’s two set and 17 games to earn the win. 

Haven Black’s singles team continued their form from before the summer break, with Connor Chivell and Josh Freeman registering big wins. 

Chivell defeated Mitchell Crough 6-1, while Freeman won his set 6-0 against Callum Hayes. 

Lawn find themselves on the bottom of the ladder after 12 rounds. 

There was another close match in the section one girls competition between the two Quantong sides. 

Quantong Black registered their first win for the season, defeating Quantong Red by 28 games to 24, with both sides winning three sets. 

In a more one-sided affair, top-placed Natimuk Blue won five sets to defeat Natimuk Gold. 

Blue’s Holly Smith played a solid singles set to defeat Gold’s Brooklyn Fraser 6-2. 

Meanwhile, Central Park easily accounted for Haven Pink, failing to lose a set in a dominant display. 

Central Park lost 14 games for the match and dominated in the doubles sets. 

The singles sets were closer, with Haven’s Gemma Walker pushing Holly Nuske to a tiebreaker, but falling short of the set win. 

Haven’s Lauren Mills also competed strongly, but went down 6-4 to Central Park’s Ebony Scott. 

Central Park are placed fifth on the ladder, one spot above Haven Pink at the end of the round. 

This week:

Section one open

Haven Black v Haven Green, Central Park White v Natimuk, Horsham Lawn v Central Park Blue. 

Section one girls 

Central Park v Natimuk Gold, Quantong Black v Haven Pink, Natimuk Blue v Horsham Lawn, Haven Purple v Quantong Red.