Round Three of the Stawell Tennis Club Bendigo Bank Friday Night Competition played in perfect conditions, saw Stawell Toyota cement their spot atop the ladder with a tight victory, while Mitre 10 also displayed their premiership credentials with a comfortable win.
Mitre 10 have leap-frogged Carey Covers for the all-important second position on the ladder, following a 13 set 150 game to 11 set 134 game 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 all onlookers what can be achieved with a bit of practice, winning all three sets. 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, whilst Carel Chang's free coaching lessons in the past are starting to pay handsome dividends.
Stawell Toyota continue to enjoy the view on top of the ladder, however, were required to dig deep to get over the line against a determined Stawell Goldmine outfit.
The final score lines read, Stawell Toyota 13 sets 143 games, defeated Stawell Goldmine 11 sets 135 games.
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, that 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.
Round Three Ladder;
Stawell Toyota 55pts
O'Jones Mitre 10 41pts
Carey Covers 39pts
Stawell Goldmine 33pts
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