GALLERY: Young fill-in provides winning edge in summer pennant

WARRNAMBOOL tennis players Matt Moloney and Bob McLaren had a 14-year-old fill-in to thank after they won the Warrnambool Lawn Tennis Club’s summer pennant grand final on Saturday.

Moloney and McLaren teamed with Matt Dunn, a replacement for his older brother Oliver, to claim the open grade title. Their Sinclair Wilson side upset the more fancied Coffey Hunt combination of Toby Timms, Sam Wilde and Steve Timms five sets 40 games to 1 set 30 games.

Moloney said their rivals started favourite.

“They have two number ones with Sam and Toby and we had the young fella (Dunn) but he won his two doubles,” he said.

“It was a great effort.”

Moloney, who juggled being captain of the Vic Country side in the Premier League pennant competition in Melbourne, said he had missed a couple of rounds during the season. But he was pleased his side had been able to climb from third on the ladder and take the title in a tough battle.

“They were pretty tight sets, we were probably the underdogs going in.”

In A grade, the Coffey Hunt team of Colin Biggs, Bill O’Keefe, Peter Haylock and Kate Pennington defeated Alan Ryan, Barry Smith, John Tankard and Barry Doolan from the Norton Motor Group side, five sets 46 games to one set 24 games

The Dwyer Robinson team defeated Coffey Hunt in B grade, five sets 41 games to one set 29 games.

Saturday’s grand finals wrapped up the summer season. 

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