PENNYROYAL has come back to win Polwarth district’s A Grade tennis grand final despite missing the past two seasons.
Pennyroyal defeated reigning premier Colac Lawn White five sets to four, 41-39, to win the final at Beeac.
League president and Pennyroyal A Grade player Rhiannon White said the win was “definitely unexpected” for the team consisting of herself, Richard White, Sam Walker, Nicole Beatty, Faith Parsons and Brendan White.
“We finished on top but the top teams were all pretty close, it was pretty much whoever played well on the day,” White said.
“We had each won one match against each other during the year, either team could win.”
White said the team’s sets started well but were close going into the mixed doubles.
“After the first two mixed sets finished we were four down, so at one stage before we started the last mixed, one of our pairs were three one down and our other one was four one down.
“Brendan and Nicole came back from four-one down to win seven-five, if they had have lost we wouldn’t have won.”
White said she and her fellow teammates were unaware they had won.
“It was so close, no one was really sure of the score and everyone was just standing there and a couple of people had gone home so we thought we must have lost,” she said.
White said missing two seasons of tennis helped motivate them to win.
“I guess having two years off, we were a bit all over the place at the start of the season but definitely over the past four weeks we improved out of sight,” she said.
“Everyone’s pretty happy; it was good to finish off where we started.
“Everyone is keen to play again this year, so hopefully we make it to finals again and do it all over again.”
- See today’s Colac Herald for more Polwarth District Tennis Association grand final results and photos.