Players were greeted with warm spring conditions for the first time this season in round five of the Stawell Tennis Club Bendigo Bank Friday Night Competition.
On court the action also heated up with Stawell Toyota and Carey Covers both enhancing their premiership credentials, both now find themselves firmly entrenched in the top two.
Mitre 10 would have liked their chances of causing an upset victory over ladder leaders Stawell Toyota following strong performances in previous weeks, however this was snuffed out early with Blair Hart, Jade Cross and Lewis Reading all leading the charge.
Jonah O'Shannessy enjoyed a lift in tempo, stepping up into the Number Two role, despite a sluggish start, bounced back to provide valuable support to his skippers.
Big hitting Henry Clough, possessing one of the most lethal backhands in the club, continued his winning ways, as did youngster Tom Monument.
Mitre 10 had solid performers on the night, however failed to threaten Stawell Toyota at any point.
Leigh Johnston, participating in her first tennis campaign, played outstanding, never losing confidence despite a lean start to the season, and triumphing in all three sets.
Holly Graveson, Jordan Austin and Richard Dodds were all heavy contributors, but it wasn't enough, the final score line reading Stawell Toyota 14 sets 150 games, defeated David O'Jones Mitre 10, 10 sets 128 games.
Carey Covers narrowly avoided an upset loss, digging deep late in the evening to hold onto a 14 sets 145 games to 10 sets 137 games victory over Stawell Goldmine.
Malcolm Raggart has been a welcome addition to the club, and one of the more consistent players all season, and Friday was no different, winning all his sets and along with Emily Davis, dragging Carey Covers over the line.
Carel Chang and Larna Graveson continued their rich vein of form in the victory.
Stawell Goldmine's Fraser Dunn inflicted Hugh Careys first loss of the season, while some heavy hitting from Ben Martin, Luke Monaghan and Anna Sullivan saw them the victors in two sets each.
Carey Covers now find themselves eight points clear in second spot, while Stawell Goldmine continue to try in vain to break their losing duck.
Round five ladder:
Stawell Toyota 82pts
Carey Covers 76pts
Mitre 10 68pts
Stawell Goldmine 54pts
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