Stawell tennis takes a break

STAWELL - Stawell Tennis Club's Friday night competition is currently on their school holiday break with ten rounds being completed in 2013 and four rounds to be played in 2014 before finals matches get underway.

All seven teams still stand a chance of making finals with the bottom side Cassidy Painting having completed their two bye rounds giving them the opportunity to gain maximum points in the last four rounds.

A review/preview of the teams in the current ladder order.

Stawell Toyota: Started the season extremely well winning their first three matches before a mid season form slump.

Showed their class and overall team strength in the matches that counted to finish the year on top of the ladder.

Ben Leslie and Jaiden Bach's side are the team to beat heading into 2014

Crowe Horwath: Began the year a week later than the rest of the competition as they had the bye in the first round, but once they got warmed up they dominated most opponents to record some huge winning margins.

Crowe Horwath found Stawell Toyota to be their bogey side as their only two losses have been against them.

If Howard Dunn and Debbie Hart can get their team to find the right tactics to oversome Stawell Toyota then the premiership cup could be theirs.

Farrers Tyrepower: Have been the most inconsistent in 2013.

Can play some really nice tennis when the team is on song, but have too many bad nights.

Yet to challenge the top two sides and will need to improve their first serve ratios if they are to see any finals actions.

Shane Freeland and Kim Hutton's team should benefit from the break to reassess and try to secure their place in the top four.

David O Jones Mitre 10: The danger side of the competition.

Boasts a win over Stawell Toyota ealier in the year.

They seemed to lose their mojo after losing to the bottom side later in the season, but regained composure with a victory in the last round of the year to show that they are still competitive.

Joel Freeland and Claire Hodgetts side have the talent to be there for the last week of the finals action.

Frewstal: Took until round five to score their first victory, but did follow that up with a win over Stawell Toyota.

They have suffered from having a few weeks off using substitute players and so not allowing the team to settle into any rhythm.

Shane Field and Sue Blakey's squad can put in a big final three matches after the bye and sneak into fourth place to make the finals interesting.

Raunchy Rooster: Held the bottom position on the ladder until the last round of the year when they recorded their second victory.

Interesting fact that the two times they played Stawell Toyota this year the losing margin on both occasions was 21 games.

Murray Hart and Marianne Mitchell's team may have left their run too late as they have the bye in the final round, denying them valuable premiership points.

Cassidy Painting: Started the tennis year okay with wins in round one and round four, but have not won a match since.

They return the first week back in 2014 to play Raunchy Rooster which will determine who takes home the wooden spoon.

Brian O'Shannessy, Jade Cross and team members can probably start to plan other activites in early March as they still have to face the top two sides in the run home.

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