Finally, a team has burst out of the pack in Ararat City’s Wednesday night tennis competition to head the ladder on 28 points, Intersport.
Equal second is KFC and GME on 24.
A squad of teams follow on 20 points.
Intersport was well challenged on Wednesday night by Marx Metal.
Chris Hartwich again gave a command performance, but it was not enough to get past Michael Hope's team. Intersport does not give away sets lightly.
McDonald's won well but is making its run too late. Steve Jardine is getting a lot of grunt into his serve, Ross McGregor has hit a purple patch and Phil Hartwich strikes the ball with venom.
For the opposition, Ben Hartwich hit with his customary power. Several balls landed in. Matt Wood and David Preston won their first set 9 - 4.
KFC is a generally young team. They are in excellent form with Ed Bush controlling the rallies. Tahni Skewes has been a great asset. Wayne Jerram and Anthony Kumnick came through in the final set to restore Gasons' reputation.
FixIT had a tight win over Mitre 10. Marcus Matthews and Shannon McGrath traded shots all night until Matthews and Riley Gason won 8 - 3 in the final set. Tim Hartwich got his first taste at number two. Rob Weppner again played well for Mitre 10.
Intersport 38 d. Marx Metal 34. M. Hope, J. Hannett 9 d. M. Connellan, P. Goudie 2. J. Guzarem, K. Hartwich 5 lost C. Hartwich, P. Bush 8. M. Hope, J. Guzarem 6 lost M. Connellan, C. Hartwich 8. J. Hannett, K. Hartwich 6 drew P. Goudie, P. Bush 6. M. Hope, K. Hartwich 9 d. M. Connellan, P. Bush 1. J. Hannett, J. Guzarem 3 lost P. Goudie, C. Hartwich 9.
McDonald's 36 d. Rural Steel 22. R. McGregor, R. Thomas 6 d. B. Hartwich, A. Drosg 3. S. Jardine, P. Hartwich 4 lost M. Wood, D. Preston 9. R. McGregor, S. Jardine 6 d. B. Hartwich, M. Wood 3. R. Thomas, P. Hartwich 7 d. A. Drosg, D. Preston 3. R. McGregor, P. Hartwich 6 d. B. Hartwich, D. Preston 4. R. Thomas, S. Jardine 7 d. A. Drosg, M. Wood 0.
Mitre 10 31 lost FixIT 33. S. McGrath, R. Weppner 6 drew M. Matthews, T. Hartwich 6. C. Newson, G. Rameka 3 lost A. Kalluri, R. Gason 7. S. McGrath, C. Newson 5 drew M. Matthews, A. Kalluri 5. R. Weppner, G. Rameka 7 d. T. Hartwich, R. Gason 5. S. McGrath, G. Rameka 3 lost M. Matthews, R. Gason 8. R. Weppner, C. Newson 7 d. T. Hartwich, A. Kalluri 2.
Gasons 23 lost KFC 33. S. Allen, W. Jerram 3 lost E. Bush, M. Verdon 5. A. Kumnick, B. Ahchow 2 lost N. Kuchel, T. Skewes 9. S. Allen, A. Kumnick 4 lost E. Bush, N. Kuchel 8. W. Jerram, B. Ahchow 6 drew M. Verdon, T. Skewes 6. S. Allen, B. Ahchow 1 lost E. Bush, T. Skewes 3. W. Jerram, A. Kumnick 7 d. M. Verdon, N. Kuchel 2.