BDTA | Benalla Lawn keep in touch of top of table

By Meg Saultry

A comfortable win over Avenel Red saw Benalla Lawn keep firmly in touch of the top of the Benalla and District division one ladder.

Benalla won the match, 6-64 to 3-50, with Peter Jewell combining with partners Jake McDonald, Will O’Donoghue and Claire Sharp to easily account for their opponents, while Avenel’s Cain Murray and Nick Asquith picked up two wins each.

In the second match of the round, Avenel White easily beat Longwood Lawn 7-64 to 2-46 to stay afloat at the top of the table.

Both teams came out firing, with White's Tom Garner and Ben Bath combining to hold off Dav Mackrell and Mark Borthwick, 8-7.

Avenel then went on a run to easily pick up the next three rubbers.

Longwood took out the following men's and women's rubbers before Avenel again dominated in the mixed doubles portion.

Benalla Lawn has the bye this Saturday, Euroa Lawn returns from the bye to play Longwood Lawn, while it's a battle for bragging rights, as Avenel White faces off against Avenel Red. 

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● In division two, Swanpool easily accounted for Euora Rangers, 6-63 to 3-56.

Swanpool got off to a flyer, winnings all three men’s rubbers, though it was Euroa's ladies stocks of Julie Harrington, Rowena Ellis and Lynne Manson who proved too strong for their Swanpool counterparts to level proceedings.

In the end, Swanpool proved too strong, combining to win all three mixed doubles.

Benalla Lawn remained firmly at the top of the ladder, winning on forfeit to second-placed Avenel, while Terip Terip defeated Moglenemby, 6-64 to 3-57.

Benalla travels to Euroa on Saturday to face Moglenemby, Euroa Rangers host Terip Terip and Swanpool return to their home courts to play Avenel. 

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● Violet Town dominated its division three clash with Euroa Lawn, winning all nine sets to take the match.

Towners’ Ali Piper and Felicity Hartridge combined with each other on the court to win their match, 8-0, before joining with Donald Piper and Patrick Neilson respectively to win rubbers, 8-1 and 8-0, to keep Euroa to little chance of an upset.

Despite it being first versus sixth, Longwood Lawn faced steep competition from Euroa Rangers, with the match playing out, 5-60 d 4-51.

With sets level four-all ahead of the final rubber, Longwood’s Craig Mercuri and Poppy Meehan combined to make light work of Caid Miller and his partner, 8-1, to take the match.

At the time of publication, Benalla Gardens and Avenel round results were unavailable.

Avenel faces Violet Town this Saturday in round eight of the season, Euroa Rangers play Benalla Gardens and Longwood Lawn host Euroa Lawn.