Polwarth players win state tennis title

POLWARTH and District Tennis Association’s women’s team has returned from a representative carnival as state champion.

The squad finished the week-long Victorian Country Week tennis tournament at Swan Hill unbeaten to advance to the C2-class finals.

Polwarth, featuring Rhiannon White, Brianna Towers, Belinda Schultz, Nicole Beatty and Veronica Roache, blitzed Kilmore Golden Girls by four sets, 32-8, to advance to the final against Bacchus Marsh Green.

Bacchus Marsh put the young Polwarth team on the back foot early, winning the first two sets but Polwarth bounced back to win the final two sets and claim the state title.

“They just played some really, really good tennis,” Polwarth men’s representative Barney Maxwell said.

“They were down in the final and Veronica and Belinda had to win the last set, and they won 8-6, so it was a bit of a cliffhanger,” he said.

Meanwhile in the men’s B3 class, Polwarth’s men’s team – featuring Neville Towers, Ryan Towers, Andrew Dodds, Josh de Jong, Barney Maxwell and Brendan White – missed finals, finishing seventh after two close matches fell the wrong way.

“We lost two matches by a game and I think that ended up being the difference, there wasn’t much difference between us and second spot,” Maxwell said.

Meanwhile, a Colac district side made up of Irene Kenneady, Angela Irwin, Helen Cole and Ann Rowe also made the finals at the championships.

The team appeared in form before a knee injury to Kenneady shook the team’s foundations, and it lost to Swan Hill Eagles one set to three, 22-28.

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