Broughie nets premiership

SPRING Gully Brougham Arms dominated Saturday's battle with BLTC Metro to be the champions in the Bendigo Tennis Association's premier league.

The Gully scored an 11-1 victory at the Bendigo Bank tennis complex in Nolan Street.

After being on top of the ladder for almost the entire season, the Broughie quickly put to bed any speculation it may stumble at the final hurdle.

Brougham Arms 11 sets 96 games d Metro 1 set 58 games.

The opening doubles between Brougham Arms' Jamie Brown and Matt Hartland and Metro’s Zac Lethlean and Isaac Watson was a classic.

Brown and Hartland were victorious in a tiebreak.

Hartland then defeated Lethlean 9-7, while Watson recorded Metro’s only set of the day in an impressive 8-5 win against Brown.

In the lower order men, the Brougham Arms' pair of Shane Burke and Zach Robinson defeated Metro’s Sam McHarg and Ryan Leader 8-3.

Burke then overcame the powerful game of McHarg 8-5, and Robinson accounted for Leader, 8-0.

On the women’s side, Brougham Arms' Jess Hartland and Danielle Bowles were too strong for Tamara Wright and Rashelle Blencowe in an 8-5 win.

Hartland dominated in an 8-0 win against Wright.

Bowles defeated Blencowe 8-4.

By the time the final three doubles sets went on, the result was a foregone conclusion, but that didn’t stop Brougham Arms rolling on.

Metro will look at this season as a great success after missing last year’s finals.

Spring Gully Brougham Arms finished the 2013-14 campaign in fine style and celebrated a long-awaited premership victory.

The section one play-off went past 7.30pm.

Spring Gully Racqueteers achieved back-to-back titles as they beat Spring Gully Panthers, 6-73 to 4-64.

Simon Wood and Jackie Penbrook fought from 2-6 down to win the final set for Racqueteers, 9-8 in a tiebreak.

The Racqueteers' men won all three doubles sets.

Kevin Sourgen played superbly to get the singles for the Panthers in an 8-3 win against Shane Saunderson.

Panthers' Deb Bish beat Narelle McPhee, 13-11 in a tiebreak, to end a match that went almost two hours.

The Racqueteers led by two games going into the mixed, but won the last two contests.

Jackie Penbrook and Nicole Vagg battled each other all afternoon, contesting two tiebreaks and the other a 9-7 result. They played 50 games for the day.

Meanwhile, the five-day day McDonald's Classic Gold tennis tournament hits off next Saturday at BTA heaquarters in Nolan Street.

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