COLD Chisel was certainly running hot at the Eglinton Tennis Complex on Saturday.
Captain 'iron lady' Allyson Schumacher and her Team Cold Chisel side of Matt Tree, 'rocket' Rod Schumacher, Caitlin Spears, Andrew Tree, Graeme Stapleton and Jake Arnold pulled off a miraculous victory in downing Judy Smith's Team Warumpi of Matt Gibson, Percy Raveneau, Sarah Tree, Jason Honeyman, Robert Mack, Stacey Markwick and David Bant eight sets all, 70 games to 68.
Captain Schumacher was running hot as she only conceded four games across her four sets, and was the only player of the 14 who took to the court to win all of her sets.
This was a truly inspirational performance from Schumacher and was in no small way responsible for steering her side to a gutsy victory.
The husband and wife duo of the 'iron lady' and the 'rocket' were in electrifying form for Team Chisel, carving up their opponents in fine style 6-1, 6-0.
Matt Tree and Spears were in fine touch, playing some very crafty tennis, while Andrew Tree and Stapleton battled on gamely all day to frustrate their opposition.
Eglinton young gun Jake Arnold, playing in his first competition at the club, produced some very promising tennis and will definitely improve with more match play. Arnold is out of the Eglinton Tennis Academy which is guided by head coach Rod Schumacher.
Schumacher has the uncanny knack of grooming his young guns into good quality club players.
The second match saw 'slugger' John Bullock's Team Wham of Jeorge Collins, Garth Hindmarch, Rebekka Fischer, Cal Hobson, Kathy Wilkinson and Sebastian Honeyman win for the third week in a row.
They are looking the team to beat in this competition after a thrilling victory over Team The Eagles of David Craft, Bryan Reiri, Dave Smith, Barry Lindsay, Russell Welsh, Andrew Howarth and Peter Deacon nine sets to seven.
However, it may not of been the case if The Eagles' Smith did not have to forfeit one set due to a pulled hamstring.
Smith, son of Bathurst tennis greats Jack and Naomi Smith, was in great touch prior to his injury, winning two of his sets 6-0, 7-6 against Bullock and Hindmarch.
Captain 'slugger' Bullock of Team Wham believes his side are the team to beat after three consecutive victories.
''It will take a champion side to beat us, but I cant see that happening," he said.
However, losing captain Howarth believes Sluggers' side cant win the big grand final.
''His trump card has its used by date, and that will be in the grand final - if he makes it," he said.