In the women’s final, minor premiers and crowd favourites Cottesloe hosted RKPTC with Lexie Weir delivering the first rubber for Cottesloe after a two and a half hour, three-set battle over Janelle Cuthbertson 6-3, 6-7, 6-3.
Five mins later, RKPTC junior Shanelle Iaconi had struck back with a similar 6-0, 6-7, 7-5 epic and both teams were locked and stayed that way all day.
The major upset of the day was a stirring win by RKPTC’s Jelena Stojanovic 6-3, 6-4 over Cottesloe champion Alicia Molik.
However, Cottesloe were not done and Lauren Nikoloski’s straight sets 7-6, 6-4 win over Nina Catovic levelled the tie two rubbers, five sets all with RKPTC ahead on games.
The match was busted wide open with a decisive doubles win by RKPTC’s Bojana Bobusic and Janelle Cuthbertson 6-1, 6-2 over Natasha Camer-Pesci and Ruby Culley and RKPTC had an unassailable lead on games to capture thrilling back to back league wins.
Bobusic, who has struggled with a foot injury all season, was ecstatic after the win.
“I haven’t been able to play singles but I trusted that our team was strong enough in the singles line-up to get us in front,” she said.
“Overall it was just a great team effort from everyone on the day.”
In a heart breaking mirror finish to the men’s final, the Dalkeith Tennis Club (DTC) hosted Hensman Park at home and got away to a great start with convincing wins by Tristan Schoolkate 6-4. 6-3 over Hensman’s Zach Itzstein in a high-quality match and Dylan McCloskey continued his winning form with a thumping win over Brendan Malarkey 6-3, 6-1.
Dalkeith was two rubbers up and ahead on games in front of a supportive crowd.
In the much anticipated match, Brydan Klein defeated a travel weary Tom Fancutt 6-3, 6-4 and a win by Vuk Velickovic 6-0, 6-4 over DTC’s Ollie Henderson had the match locked at two rubbers, four sets, 35 games apiece.
In the deciding doubles, Velickovic teamed with Klein to play a brilliant match against DTC’s Fancutt and McCloskey to deliver Hensman a 6-2, 6-2 lead to snatch a win against the minor premiers.