Mortlake loses tennis final for first time in 12 years

MDTA - Yalla-Y-Poora has ended Mortlake's 12 season dominance of the Mininera and District Tennis Association with its defeat of the defending premiers at Willaura last weekend.

After more than a decade the shield has travelled north, but not before a good on-court battle that could have resulted in a win for either team.

At afternoon tea, the teams were locked on four sets each, with Yalla-Y-Poora having the edge thanks to a four game lead.

Mortlake couldn't gain ground and tie up the four games it needed to draw level, both teams winning two of the final four sets by the same margins.

Yalla-Y-Poora secured victory with six sets, 63 games to Mortlake six sets, 59 games after what can only be described as a classic encounter.

Presentations were held at the Willaura courts following the match with Yalla-Y-Poora's captain Heather Phillips collecting the shield and speaking on behalf of her team.

Mortlake's captain John Tanner also took time to respond and reflect on the season and result.

Both captains thanked the executive for their work over the season, Willaura and Lake Bolac for providing the finals venues.

Result (grand final):

Mortlake 6 sets, 59 games lost to Yalla-Y-Poora 6 sets, 63 games

H Hobbs, K Tanner lost to H Phillips, C Joyce 0-8; J Robertson, W McKenzie def M Hope, A Brady 8-0; H Hobbs, J Robertson def H Phillips, M Hope 8-2; K Tanner, W McKenzie def C Joyce, A Brady 8-3; John Tanner, J Stafford lost to M Hope, N Bush 8-9; Jake Tanner, D Ranken lost to W Read, S Barr 0-8; John Tanner, Jake Tanner def M Hope, W Read 9-7; J Stafford, D Ranken lost to N Bush, S Barr 0-8; John Tanner, H Hobbs def M Hope, M Hope 8-0; J Stafford, K Tanner lost to N Bush, C Joyce 2-8; Jake Tanner, J Robertson def W Read, A Brady 8-2; D Ranken, W McKenzie lost to S Barr, H Phillips 0-8

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