Tomorrow's Shepparton District Tennis Association's pennant grand final between Lemnos and McEwen Reserve is expected to go right down to the wire.HANNAH DRISCOLL March 21, 2014 4:20am
Shepparton District Tennis Association’s pennant grand final is almost shaping up as a true battle of the sexes between Lemnos and McEwen Reserve.
McEwen Reserve won the advantage in the men’s singles and doubles matches in the two occasions the sides have clashed this season, but the advantage was cancelled out by Lemnos’ women’s successes.
Cumulatively McEwen won 42 games from the men’s sets compared to Lemnos’ 24, but Lemnos took 47 games from the women’s sets compared to 20.
Lemnos’ women’s success in the last match in particular, where they conceded just seven games, meant they were in a strong position to win, even though their men won 10 less games and they only won two more in the mixed sets.
In the first encounter, McEwen Reserve was two games behind going into the mixed, but won two of the three sets at 17 games to eight.
Peter Jeffery said McEwen’s men were stronger than his side’s, so Lemnos had to hope the women did well and the men had to try not to leak too many games.
‘‘We’ll start slight underdogs, but you never know, anything can happen on the day,’’ Jeffery said.
‘‘It’s definitely going to come down to how many games the men can hold their men to.
The teams will take the same players into the grand final who played the semi-final last weekend, but in both previous games some of those players were missing.
Lemnos’ Peter and Viv Jeffery and McEwen’s Abby Hastings and Justin Hunter missed the round three clash, which McEwen won by seven games.
Hunter, teammate Cathy O’Brien and Lemnos’ Tom Jeffery also missed the round eight match, which Lemnos took out by a margin of nine.
Lemnos’ Mick Clurey missed last week’s final and will also be out tomorrow after breaking his ribs in a farm accident.
Lemnos was responsible for eliminating McEwen Reserve Opal from the finals the past two seasons, but the line-up is different, which Hunter hoped would be a benefit.
‘‘They beat us in the granny two years ago and they beat us in the prelim last year,’’ he said.
‘‘But the three ladies we’ve got playing for us this year didn’t play in our side last year, so they won’t be too nervous about that because last year we got flogged in the women’s.
‘‘I don’t think we will have that issue, but they still know they need to play well because Viv and Narelle (Maxted) are very strong women.’’
Hunter predicted it would be ‘‘extremely close’’ but was excited to be in the grand final again.
‘‘We’ve probably got the better men, they’ve probably got the better women, so I think that’s pretty obvious though, so I would say it’s going to come down to the mixed,’’ he said.
‘‘It will be about whoever holds their nerve on the day.’’
A couple and its young child were threatened with a knife on Sunday night in an attempted armed robbery at an Ardmona playground.
The Tungamah Football Netball Club has completed a fairytale season to clinch the Picola and District Football Netball League South East Premiership with an emphatic 106 point win over the Katamatite Tigers at Tungamah.
Billed as ‘Fabulous Flowers and Fine Food’, Tatura’s Anglican Church Parish had a successful fundraiser on Thursday, September 4.
Airtourer Association members visited Echuca at the weekend.
Rochester Salvation Army volunteers are annoyed people are dumping unusable items outside the op shop.
Don’t write Ky off yet, says coach ahead of preliminary final
Seymour event packs out St Mary's College on Saturday night.
Star Tocumwal defender took her club's A grade best and fairest award last weekend, adding to her 2014 PDNL medal.
Mia Mia Cricket Club is about to field its first cricket team since 2001
Moira Shire councillors describe the municipality’s finances in a ‘‘fair’’ financial position, despite missing performance targets and a financial sustainability indicator falling into ‘high-risk’.
Deniliquin High School principal Andrew Collins recently announced he will retire at the end of the school year.
Water purchase costs rose by 27 per cent in 2013-14, the latest Dairy Farm Monitor Project has found.
More than 320 000 foxes and 1500 wild dogs had been eradicated under the bounty scheme in the past three years.
- Motorcycle ride raises money for cancer charity
- Leukaemia patients come together to support Light the Night Benalla
- Permit sought for a clay target shooting range at a disused quarry at Baddaginnie
- Acclaimed pastry chef returns to Benalla
- Benalla resident on journey to help others with mental illness
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.