ADTA - It may have taken 12 months to get it, but for Great Western victory over Landsborough on Saturday in round one of the Ararat and District Tennis Association was a sweet feeling.
Since reforming last season and joining the ADTA, Great Western has been unable to secure success, however the nine game win at home may prove there is a change in the air and the team is on the way up.
Sonny Walton and import Darryl Potter guided the men's section to a comfortable 28 game lead for the Westerners, but with Claire Monaghan and Kira Payne on fire for Landsborough scores only swayed in Great Western's favour by 12 games.
Rallies turned into pressure points throughout the mixed sets, with scores all locked up leading into the final set.
Tanya Roll partnered Walton to storm home and give Great Western victory, claiming six of a possible 10 points.
Last season's premier Ararat was put through its paces by Elmhurst, but survived to claim a 32 game win.
Maximum points went Ararat's way, courtesy of some strong work in the men's and mixed sections, where the side dominated by 13 and 15 games respectively.
Elmhurst almost stole some points through the ladies, but fell four games shy thanks to the powering array of shots from Ararat's Claire Harricks.
Oakley and Sam Gason picked up from where they left off last year, failing to drop a set forArarat, while the home team was best served by father/daughter duo Neil and Rachael Murray.
Buangor showcased a good pre-season on the court, although it still couldn't grab the chocolates over a tough Crowlands outfit.
With a number of new faces in the line up, Crowlands' men stood firm to set up a commanding 18 game advantage.
Big Ben McEvoy and Shane Jardine were both the key players in the win.
A further five games were added to the Crowlands total as Kate Vance and company scraped through to keep their winning chances in good stead.
Despite pressure from Buangor pair Ian and Susan Maconachie in the mixed, Crowlands skipped away triumphantly by an easy 35 games.
Elmurst 65-0 lost to Ararat 97-10
Men, Elmhurst 19-0 lost to Ararat 32-2: L Murray, M Boatman lost to O Gason, S Gason 8-9; N Murray, F Mackay def A Drosg, R Hamilton 9-5; L Murray, N Murray lost to O Gason, A Drosg 2-9; M Boatman, F Mackay lost to S Gason, R Hamilton 0-9.
Ladies, Emhurst 28-0 lost to Ararat 32-2: J Trengrove, A Harrison lost to C Harricks, C Matthews 5-9; R Murray, S Roberts def J Ralph, M Batchelor 9-6; J Trengrove, R Murray lost to C Harricks, J Ralph 5-9; A Harrison, S Roberts def C Matthews, M Batchelor 9-8.
Mixed, Elmhurst 18-0 lost to Ararat 33-2: M Boatman, J Trengrove lost to S Gason, C Harricks 3-9; L Murray, A Harrison lost to O Gason, C Matthews 3-9; N Murray, R Murray def R Hamilton, J Ralph 9-6; F Mackay, S Roberts lost to A Drosg, M Batchelor 3-9.
Great Western 92-6 def Landsborough 62-4
Mens: A Cooper, P Walton def A Lee, L Scott 9-2; J Potter, D Potter def K Scott, B Hodgetts 9-2; A Cooper, J Potter def A Lee, K Scott 9-4; P Walton, D Potter def L Scott, B Hodgetts 9-0.
Ladies: S Bullock, T Roll lost to C Monaghan, J Hogg 0-9; K Kindred, H Shae lost to K Payne, J Donovan 2-9; S Bullock, K Kindred lost to C Monaghan, K Payne 2-9; T Roll, H Shae def J Hogg, J Donovan 9-3.
Mixed: A Cooper, K Kindred lost to A Lee, C Monaghan 1-9; P Walton, T Roll def L Scott, J Hogg 9-0; J Potter, S Bullock lost to K Scott, K Payne 2-9; D Potter, H Shae def B Hodgetts, J Donovan 9-6.
Note: Score card for Buangor and Crowlands match not provided.