Swanport made it three premierships in a row after trouncing Schools in Saturday’s Murray Bridge Lawn Tennis Association grand final.
Having played each other last season in a nail-biting final, a close match was expected again.
However, Schools were dealt a cruel blow before the final when captain Kylie Bormann was ruled out with injury.
The “Swannies” took full advantage of the situation by skipping out to a five set to one lead after the early doubles in near perfect conditions for tennis.
Schools only set in this section came when experienced duo Kym McFee and Nathan Bolt survived a tough encounter against young Jacob Godden and “lefty” Jack Daniels in the second double to win 9-7.
Swanport’s fifth and sixth doubles combinations won well while top pairing of Dave Altmann and Leigh Ryswyk, third pairing of Mick Godden and Will Crane and fourth pairing of Albert Goodridge and Riley Morrell all met some early resistance but were able to go on to capture solid wins.
“Schools were dealt a blow when captain Kylie Bormann was ruled out with injury.”
The trend continued in the singles as Swanport’s middle order took the sword to their opponents. Albert Goodridge, Will Crane, Jack Daniels and Jacob Godden all had big wins while Mick Godden, Riley Morrell, Will Leonard and Kelvin “Froggy” Farnham all wore down their opponents.
Paul Howell stopped the rot for Schools by capturing a good win over Sarah Crane but by the time Swanport tailender Genna Harkness had completed her singles with a 6-2 win over School’s youngster Kyle Watts the “Swannies” were home and hosed. Top gents Leigh Ryswyk and Dave Altmann both went on to record solid wins which meant Swanport won all but one set in the singles in a dominant display.
With the premiership in the bag, the reverse doubles were played out in a relaxed manner with teams sharing the spoils in the section.
Schools were able to record some good tie-break wins in the top two reverse doubles to put some respectability back on the score sheet, but in the end it was a massive 14-set win and a “three-peat” of titles for Swanport.
The Swanport team is pictured above, back from left, Mick Gooden, Richard Crane, Riley Morrell, Will Leonard, Kelvin Farnham, Albert Goodridge, David Schenscher, Jack Daniell, Heather Richard, front, Ryan Farnham, WIlliam Crane, Genna Harkness, Sarah Crane, David Altmann, Leigh Ryswyk and Jacob Gooden. Photo - William Bailey