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Leader secures Stawell tennis spot

Round three of the Stawell Tennis Club Friday Night Competition saw Stawell Toyota cement its spot atop the ladder with a tight victory.

The night was played in perfect conditions, with Mitre 10 also displaying its premiership credentials with a comfortable win. Mitre 10 has leap-frogged Carey Covers for the all-important second position on the ladder, following a 13-150 to 11-134 triumph. 

Carey Covers’ night got off to a poor start, with inspirational skipper Madi Freeland struggling early with a shoulder injury, before finally succumbing to the ailment halfway through her second set, calling it a night. 

Mitre 10 number-three man Leon Monaghan again demonstrated to onlookers what can be  achieved with a bit of practice, winning all three sets.

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Opposition brains trusts will need to pay closer attention to  Jemima Harney in future, with the youngster again going through the night unbeaten, while Richard Dodds was quite animated yet solid in his much-anticipated return to the court. 

Theo Browne and Hugh Carey were the shining lights for Carey Covers, while Carel Chang’s free coaching lessons in the past are starting to pay handsome dividends.

Stawell Toyota continues to enjoy the view on top of the ladder, however, was required to dig deep to get over the line against a determined Stawell Goldmine outfit. 

The final score line read, Stawell Toyota 13-143 defeated Stawell Goldmine 11-135. 

Stawell Toyota skipper Blair Hart again led from the front, but it was a young fella rocking a mullet his old man is quite envious of, who stole the show. 

Jonah O’Shannessy was unable to put a foot wrong, leaving his hapless opponents in his wake on the way to three consecutive 8-2 victories. 

Lexi Collins also found form, winning all her matches on the evening. 

For bottom placed Stawell Goldmine, Fraser Dunn and Elise Monaghan tried valiantly to lift their squad across the line, however fell just short and will look forward to next week, as they continue to go in search of that elusive first win.

Ladder: Stawell Toyota 55 points, O’Jones Mitre 10 41, Carey Covers 39, Stawell Goldmine 33.

– Joel Freeland

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