Forrest claims thrilling decider

Forrest A Grade tennis players defeated Colac Lawn by two games in a thrilling decider at Barwon Downs on Saturday.

Forrest has returned to the top of Polwarth tennis, winning a “classic battle” against heavyweight Colac Lawn in the grand final.

The small-town club won a thriller, 41-39, claiming only four of the nine rubbers while Lawn claimed five in a see-sawing encounter on neutral ground at Barwon Downs.

Forrest team manager Mark Murnane was ecstatic for his playing group, despite missing the decider himself after failing to return to full fitness after injuring a groin before the finals series.

He said the contest came down to the last rubber, when Matt Cirillo and Louise Blersch only needed to win three games.

The duo lost the set to Lawn’s Jason Murnane and Naomi Clarke, but the 4-6 scoreline was enough to send the premiership trophy back to Forrest for the first time in three years.

Mark Murnane said it was rewarding to get one back on Lawn, which defeated Forrest in the Colac-based club’s first season in the competition in 2014-15.

“What a day, it was a classic battle,” Murnane said after the two-game triumph.

“It came down to the last set and we knew we had to win three games, we were confident the guys would, and it was terrific.

“They’re the professionals; everyone aspires to be like the Colac Lawn Tennis Club,” he said.

“It was their third grand final in a row, and it was a big day for both clubs because we’ve both lost one and won one in recent times and someone was going to come away being very, very disappointed.

“We had memories of two years ago and it was our turn to repay the favour I suppose.”

Colac Lawn’s men had the upperhand early in the contest after Jason Murnane, Tom and Jim Ennor claimed all three rubbers against Forrest’s Khan Beckett, Cirillo and Josh De Jong.

Mark Murnane said Forrest’s women were the driving force behind the emphatic win.

“Our girls were fantastic, it was their turn to step up and they did,” he said.

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