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Shepparton North's back in winning form

Reigning Shepparton District Tennis Association pennant champion Shepparton North once again has the winning feeling after posting its first win of the season.

HANNAH DRISCOLL December 17, 2013 4:15am

Clark Pettigrew and his Shepparton North teammates posted their first win this season, beating Tallygaroopna.

Shepparton District Tennis Association’s reigning pennant premier Shepparton North is on the board for the season.

It took 10 rounds, but the team finally made the breakthrough with a 15-game win against Tallygaroopna.

This was only the second match for last season’s association male player of the year Clark Pettigrew due to a shoulder concern.

Pettigrew made his return in round eight, which Shepparton North lost to St Mary’s by 10 games, but it had a bye last round.

‘‘It was a good hit on the weekend and hopefully they finish off with a good one next week,’’ Pettigrew said.

Although Pettigrew and teammate Evan Cooknell lost their singles sets 6-3 to Braden McIntyre and Travis Cooper, they partnered Rhys Down to take out both doubles sets, leaving the teams tied on 18 games all from the four men’s sets.

Shepparton North’s Hannah Dainton also took out her singles set against Aimee Sidebottom, 6-1, and Dainton, Wendy Sidebottom and Kailee Densworth won both women’s doubles sets.

Their results gave the win-less home side a 10-game buffer heading into the mixed doubles and, while Tallygaroopna’s Cooper and Paula Montgomery shaved off some deficit with a 6-3 win, Shepparton North won the remaining sets, including a 6-0 game for Down and Wendy Sidebottom.

Pettigrew said it was Shepparton North’s women who won the match, but did relish his first encounter in about a decade with McIntyre.

‘‘Braden McIntyre’s always a strong player, we don’t reckon we’ve seen each other for probably 10 years, so it was good to catch up with him,’’ he said.

‘‘Ten years ago I was in my prime and I caught up with him, but now he’s only about 26 now and he can run me off my legs, but gee we had a good set.

‘‘It was very close and there was some beautiful winners, so I’d love to have another hit with him.’’

In the other pennant match, McEwen Reserve defeated St Mary’s 9-61 to 2-44.

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