Aperfect summer’s day greeted players at Kingston for the much anticipated 2020-21 Southern Ports Tennis grand final on Saturday, which also marked the 60th anniversary of the competition.
The main event was the fight for the Higgins Division 1 Shield between Robe and Frances/Naracoorte.
Hot favourite Robe took an early lead after the mixed doubles before its rivals dug in and won the first few singles.
Leanne Cameron finally got over Jane Fitzgerald in an epic match 7-5, as Robe was on a mission and kicked into another gear winning the remaining five singles battles and record 13 sets to claim the Division 1 title before the doubles were played.
However, Frances/Naracoorte did not give up winning four out of the six doubles to finish 15-9 down.
The Ratcliffe Division 2 Shield was an all Lucindale affair between the Cockatoos and Roos.
The Cockatoos were unlucky to miss out on a spot in the top division, so were on a mission and managed to win five out of the six mixed doubles.
Proceedings did not start well for the Roos when second man Tom McKinnon went down in the with a knee injury.
Singles and were also one-sided results with the Cockatoos convincingly wrapping it up with 20 sets to four.
Joel Munro and Jarred Oliver had the closest single for the day after the latter won a fantastic match 7-5.
After playing last week, Millicent/Beachport and Lucindale Koalas met in the Division 3 final once again to fight for the Drabs and Goldfinch Shield.
The Koalas started the day exceptionally well winning all six mixed doubles and the side continued its momentum in the singles.
Millicent/Beachport only managed two singles, but the matches were a lot closer.
A highlight was the match between Ben Lang and Adrian Maywald.
Maywald won on a tie breaker with score being 7-5, while junior gun Sam Hasse had a ripper match with Emma Lang.
The Koalas kept the final score ticking over to win all-but one double after the bottom Ladies fixtures went forever.
Nicole Thomas and Emily Watson were determined to get Millicent/Beachport a third set for the day winning 10-8, while Koalas’ Olivia Handbury and Sam Hasse won their contest by the same margin.
Lucindale Koalas took home the Division 3 flag 21-3.
Presentations took place afterwards with Cockatoo Eliza Handbury winning the most singles, while the most doubles award went to Robe’s Egan Regnier.
After a count-back, the boys 16 and Under most singles won award was received by Sidney Malone with eight sets, while Poppy Moyle Read was the leading girl on 10 sets.