Hilltown’s three in a row

The Hilltown Tennis Club A grade team won its third premiership in a row on Saturday, defeating Blyth by 14 sets, 19-5.

Winners: Hilltown's A Grade team.

Winners: Hilltown's A Grade team.

The Mid North Tennis Association grand final, which was held in Clare, saw Hilltown earn a strong, early lead, winning all six mixed doubles matches.

The players went on to secure eight of the 12 singles games and five same-sex doubles sets to claim grand final victory.

While it was a convincing final tally, a closer inspection of the score sheet showed many there were many hard-fought sets, including three tie-breaks and numerous other close games which could have gone either way.

It is the second year in a row Hilltown has faced Blyth in the A grade grand final, with the two teams vying for the flag last season on Riverton’s grass courts.

In the 2014/2015 season, Hilltown’s team defeated Riverton.

On Saturday, Mid North Tennis Association president Richard Gregory presented the pennant and trophy to Hilltown A grade captain Sarah Johnson, who commended the Blyth players on their efforts throughout the season.

Blyth and Hilltown tussled for top billing on the premiership ladder, with Blyth finishing in the number one position at the end of the minor round.

Sarah congratulated “a cast of thousands” who made up Hilltown’s senior teams throughout the season, with all players contributing to the result.

Meanwhile, one of Hilltown’s junior tennis teams, the Hipsters, secured the junior tennis premiership title against Riverton earlier in the day.

It was a close competition on Saddleworth’s grass courts, with the Hilltown Hipsters narrowly defeating Riverton 7-5.

Hilltown’s other junior side, the Hoods, played in the consolation junior final and were defeated by the Clare Baseliners, after putting up a great fight, 10-2.

                                                                                                                                                      Names in main photo: Hilltown’s A Grade team included, back from left, Michael Nugent, Ben Johnson, Kellie Vasek, Tomash Vasek, Mark O'Meagher, Tyson Lamond and Rick Lamond, front, Heather Pretlove, Emily Dunstan, Sarah Johnson, Sharryn Daly and Libby Jacka.

“The Hilltown Tennis Club A grade team won its third consecutive premiership on Saturday, defeating Blyth by 14 sets, 19-5 while its junior side took out the title after taking care of Riverton in a close competition.”

Consolation final winners: Clare Baseliners defeated Hilltown Hoods 10-2 - juniors.

Consolation final winners: Clare Baseliners defeated Hilltown Hoods 10-2 - juniors.

The junior Riverton team that took on Hilltown Hipsters.

The junior Riverton team that took on Hilltown Hipsters.

Junior Winners: Hilltown Hipsters defeated Riverton 7-5.

Junior Winners: Hilltown Hipsters defeated Riverton 7-5.

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