REIGNING CHAMPIONS: Tennis stars defend their titles

WINNERS: Jason Murnane and Cassandra Smith defended their Colac Lawn Tennis Club singles championships. They will be hot contenders in Polwarth’s titles later this month.

WINNERS: Jason Murnane and Cassandra Smith defended their Colac Lawn Tennis Club singles championships. They will be hot contenders in Polwarth’s titles later this month.

COLAC LAWN tennis player Jason Murnane is in red-hot form for this year’s Polwarth singles championship after winning his club’s top individual accolade.

Murnane and Cassandra Smith defended their wins in the Colac Lawn Tennis Club’s annual singles championship at the weekend.

Murnane’s title was the fourth of his career while Smith snagged the women’s honour for a whopping ninth time.

The duo will be hot favourites for the Polwarth league’s singles championships on February 28.

Smith won the Polwarth event last season alongside clubmate Mark “Butch” Robinson.

“Cassandra won the Polwarth singles event last year, I got knocked out by Jim Ennor in the semi-final who played Butch in the final,” Murnane said.

“I’ll be competing again this year so hopefully I can go well when it’s on in a couple of weeks,” he said.

Smith claimed the most wins in the CLTC’s women’s round robin, while Murnane had to beat young gun Tom Ennor in a decider.

Murnane, who has been involved with the lawn tennis club for more than 20 years, won the final in two sets, 6-1, 6-3.

“I was pretty happy to come out on top, it was nice to defend the title from last year,” he said.

“It certainly wasn’t easy, there was a pretty strong field with Tom, Jim Ennor and Klay Robinson competing.

“Tom has really improved in the last few seasons, he’ll be a great player in the future.”

Eighteen youngsters competed in the Colac Lawn Tennis Club’s junior singles championships.

Officials split the pool into three mixed divisions with Will Ruddell taking out Division One honours, Grace Garner winning Division Two and Georgia Edwards winning Division Three.

Meanwhile in Polwarth district A Grade matches this weekend, Murnane’s Colac Lawn Black takes on in-form Forrest, Colac Lawn White hosts Pennyroyal while Warncoort travels to Beeac.

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