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Rich River and Rochester to clash

Rich River and Rochester 1 will hit the tennis court tomorrow in a re-match of last year's Campaspe Tennis Association section one grand final.

GEORDIE COWAN March 21, 2014 4:04am

Elliott Taylor serves for Rochester 1Tennis during last weekend's preliminary final at Echuca South.

Rich River will have the chance to exact revenge upon Rochester 1 in a rematch of last year’s Campaspe Tennis Association section one grand final at Rochester tomorrow.

Rochester 1 almost did not make it, scraping past clubmates Rochester 2 by six games in the preliminary final last week.

The visitors will go into the match with a fair degree of confidence after defeating Rochester 9-92 to 4-64 in the qualifying final two weeks ago.

However, the alternating results between the teams throughout the season — Rochester defeated Rich River by 21 games two weeks before the first final — means each team has previous results to fall back on.

‘‘It would have to be tight, but given the previous results — given they were 20 games either way — it’s hard to read to be honest,’’ Rich River captain Darren Short said.

‘‘I don’t think either team has an edge.’’

Rochester 1 captain Karen Taylor agreed.

‘‘We’ve both won one game convincingly,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s going to be interesting the whole day because we haven’t had a consistent record (against each other).’’

Taylor said her team simply needed to play better if it was to reverse the qualifying final result.

‘‘That’s really the key. Whoever plays well will win on the day,’’ she said.

‘‘Given the results of the last few matches, hopefully we can all play well and have a really great tussle.’’

Short said Rochester’s 17-game win at Rich River’s home courts in last year’s grand final gave added incentive to his team.

‘‘It would be good to get some revenge, but hopefully by a big margin because they beat us by a healthy margin last year,’’ he said.

‘‘It will most likely come down to the mixed — I think those combinations will be critical.’’

Taylor said the match would likely come down to the wire.

‘‘Rich River have made the final for the past couple of seasons and they will be pretty hungry to bring home the trophy,’’ she said.

‘‘In saying that, we’re hungry to make it back-to-back.’’

Danny Maloney will miss for Rich River after helping the team reach the final, while Kate Lee’s return was a boost to Rochester in the preliminary final.

Geordie Cowan

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