Echuca-Rich River has taken out the Goulburn Murray Tennis Association Premier One title, defeating Shepparton Bears.LUKE MCMANUS March 31, 2014 4:31am
Echuca-Rich River pushed aside last season’s misery to claim the Goulburn Murray Tennis Association Premier One title.
After Rich River was left deflated following its two-game loss to 2013 premier Kyabram, the combined Echuca-Rich River recorded an emphatic win against Shepparton Bears on Saturday.
Led by Erik Holt-Crossman and Regan More, Echuca-Rich River dominated the men’s draw to come away with a 16-game (71-55) victory at Victoria Park.
‘‘We’re all rapt with the win,’’ Echuca-Rich River’s Andrew Crossman said.
‘‘After missing out last year by two games, we have a huge sense of relief.
‘‘We were nervous going in, but from a personal perspective, everyone handled the pressure extremely well and played great tennis.’’
Crossman highlighted the performance of rising stars Erik Holt-Crossman and Regan More, who blitzed their opponents in the opening men’s singles matches.
‘‘There was a bit of tension throughout the week as Regan had a few issues with his wrist,’’ Crossman said.
‘‘He trained Monday, but didn’t practise at all until (Saturday) morning, so that added to the nerves during the week.
‘‘To lose Regan on match day would have been a massive blow.
‘‘Thankfully that didn’t happen.’’
More shrugged off the niggle to record a five-game (8-3) win against the Bears’ Bruce Ferguson.
Holt-Crossman was equally impressive in his singles draw, easily accounting for James Curtis-McDonald, 8-1.
‘‘Both of them played some great tennis,’’ Crossman said.
‘‘To come out an play like they did was a huge effort and for the second week in a row they’ve dominated.
‘‘It’s a good sign of improvement and maturity in the pair.’’
The women started poorly after Kate Dixon and Andrine Holt-Crossman went down in their singles matches.
Leanne More steadied the ship and proved the x-factor in Echuca-Rich River’s clean sweep of the women’s doubles.
In the mixed doubles, Echuca-Rich River converted one of three matches into wins, Regan and Leanne More combining for 8-4 triumph, to finish the afternoon on top.
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