Drung South has upset ladder leading Horsham Lawn in Central Wimmera Tennis Association pennant tennis on Friday night.
In difficult conditions, the tie finished even on sets at seven apiece, with Drung South holding a games advantage of 98-82.
Drung South player Kate-Lyn Perkin said the blustery conditions made for tough tennis, but she was pleased to get the win.
“It was very, very windy on Friday night so it probably wasn’t the best tennis played by either side,” Perkin said.
“It probably could’ve gone either way in the conditions, but we were just glad to get the win.”
Trailing after the singles and first round of doubles, Drung South mounted a huge comeback to get the win.
Drung South won all four of the final doubles encounters to get to an even amount of sets with Lawn.
“It was the last round of doubles that really did it for us, winning those last four was very good,” Perkin said.
“Ben Argent stepping up into singles and winning his singles was big too.”
The Drungsters’ 16-game advantage that ultimately handed them the win was due largely to some very close losses, and being competitive in every set.
Of the seven sets they lost, six were incredibly close, finishing with a score of 8-7 or 8-6.
Despite the tumultuous conditions, Perkin enjoyed the unique chance to play under Friday night lights at Central Park.
The two teams agreed to play on Friday night rather than Saturday afternoon due to weekend availability.
“It was rainy, windy, just terrible conditions, but it was good fun to play on Friday night,” she said. “It was something a bit different. It’s given us all the weekend off and we had a good night with pizzas and a couple of drinks afterwards, so it was really good.”
After a tough start to the year with loses in the opening two rounds, Drung South now has some momentum with consecutive victories.
With some early season rust starting to wear of and with more players available, last year’s runners-up are now starting to look like one of the best sides in the competition.
For Horsham Lawn, it was their first loss of the season.
While Graeme Wood remained unbeaten, winning his three ties 8-6, 8-4, 8-7, Jae McGrath lost his first set of the season during his doubles tie with Shane Gillespie, going down 8-4 to Dylan Emmerson and Craig Bergen.
Lawn will face St Michael’s next weekend in a testing encounter.
ST MICHAEL’S proved too strong for Telangatuk East with a 12-106 to 2-40 victory.
KALKEE came out on top in a close match against Haven. Kalkee led seven sets to two after the singles ties, meaning Haven had to win the last five doubles ties for a chance at victory. Haven pushed hard and ended up winning four out of five, only thwarted by Kalkee’s Grant and Steve Schultz winning a critical match for an 8-86 to 6-61 victory.
In A SPECIAL, Central Park Red propelled themselves into second on the ladder with a close two-set win against Central Park Blue, 8-90 to 6-77.
Brimpaen remained undefeated with a convincing 10-set win against Homers, while Horsham Lawn also easily defeated Haven by the same margin. Drung South notched their first win of the season against Noradjuha, 9-91 to 5-79
In A GRADE, Brimpaen scored an incredibly close win against Laharum 6-75 to 6-71. Mia Bell and Laura Exell’s 8-7 victory in the penultimate doubles tie of the day was pivotal to Brimpaen’s win.
Kalkee and Quantong also played a similarly thrilling match. The two teams were neck and neck all day, with Quantong eventually getting the win on games 6-74 to 6-70. Joshua Freeman came up big for Quantong, winning all three of his sets for the day.
In the other contest, Haven defeated Horsham Lawn 7-79 to 5-64.
In B SPECIAL, Natimuk defeated Horsham Lawn and Drung South secured the win against Haven.