ONLY five games separated Horsham Lawn and Haven in their round 13 clash in the Central Wimmera Tennis Association pennant competition on Saturday.
In a nail-biting finish, Haven nudged in front of the visiting side, winning seven sets and 94 games to seven sets and 89 games.
The match was scheduled to be played at Horsham Lawn but corella damage to the ground forced a change to give Haven the home-ground advantage.
Horsham Lawn got off to a flying start, winning the first three doubles matches of the day.
Cherie Wood and Tania Sudholz had a good win over Haven’s Sophie DeWit and Genevieve Bush, recording a 9-3 victory.
However, Haven’s Skye Davis and Kirby Knight teamed up to record the side’s first win of the game, beating Luisa Boddi and Barbara Crough 9-3.
In the singles matches, Horsham Lawn’s Graeme Wood came out with an outstanding 9-0 victory over Timothy Officer.
But Haven’s Edmund Bush answered straight back, beating Lawn’s Shane Gillespie 9-8 in a tight tussle.
Haven’s women got a few more points on the board for their side, with DeWit and Davis both winning their singles rubbers comfortably.
By the end of the singles matches, the sides were tied up with four sets each.
The day continued in an even fashion with all of Horsham Lawn’s men winning their remaining doubles matches and all of Haven’s women winning their matches.
In the end, Haven won the four points and has cemented its spot in third place on the ladder – just one win behind second-placed Drung South.
In other matches, Kalkee has bounced back from a narrow loss in round 12, beating Natimuk nine sets and 92 games to five sets and 70 games.
Kalkee dominated the game, winning three out of its four singles matches.
However, Kalkee played the match with only three women, giving Natimuk some free points to boost its score.
Cherly Sudholz was a standout for Natimuk this week, winning her doubles match with Jo Taylor 9-6 and her singles against Melissa Beddison 9-5.
Meanwhile, ladder leader St Michael’s has remained undefeated after a win over Drung South.
St Michael’s continued its hot form, winning nine sets to five.
The Central Wimmera Tennis Association pennant competition ladder remains unchanged after round 13.
Next week, Natimuk will have a tough day at the office as it takes on the undefeated St Michael’s.