Rich River prevailed over Lockington-Bamawm United on Saturday in the section 2B grand final.By Geordie Cowan
Rich River 5 produced the upset of the Campaspe Tennis Association grand finals, defeating Lockington-Bamawm United 2 by four games in section 2B on Saturday.
LBU won by 33 games when the teams met two weeks ago, but it was a much closer affair from the outset at Rich River.
LBU went into the final break with a four-game advantage but it was unable to hold on as Rich River won 7-59 to 6-55.
Jack Devereux won all three sets for the winning side, while Joe Wolfe stood tall with three victories for LBU.
Scores were fairly even at the start of the day with Rich River winning three sets to two, as Derek Southern and Jack Devereux scored convincing wins in the singles.
LBU struck back in the women’s sets to claim three of the four matches and take a slight lead into the mixed sets.
Derek and Yvonne Southern almost wiped out the deficit with a 6-3 win in the first set, before Jack and Michelle Devereux won a close set against Brayden Angove and Maddie Frawley 7-5.
The 6-4 win to LBU’s Joe Wolfe and Emily Woodland against Peter Warman and Daphne Crossman gave the side the lead once more, before Rich River’s Tom Devereux and Kim Price won the final set 6-1 to secure the title.
LBU player Brayden Angove said it was hard to watch the last couple of sets with the game going down to the wire.
‘‘It wasn’t the best of days but Rich River deserved to win,’’ he said.
‘‘All of them played really well.
‘‘We were just waiting on the last (set). We were all biting our fingernails and hoping for the best but it didn’t turn out.’’
Despite the disappointment of the final result, it had been a good season, Angove said.
‘‘They were a bunch of really good people to play with and other good people to play against,’’ he said.
‘‘Although we didn’t win, we still had a really good year and I hope we can have a good year next year.’’
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