Goulburn Murray Lawn Tennis Association returns from a month’s break tomorrow, but there is no excuse for players to be rusty.
With a Christmas and new year period full of tennis tournaments, many players kept fit at the Goulburn Valley AMT Championships alongside playing inter-regionals.
Shepparton Hornets was full of players that made an impact in the events, with captain Nick Gattuso proving his own at the Goulburn Valley tournament.
Hope Curtis-McDonald was in impeccable form as she helped the Goulburn region to a drought-breaking title win, finishing second in the singles.
With Gabby Dwyer and James Curtis-McDonald also runners-up in doubles action, the tough competition only served to make them a more testing opposition for the Shepparton Lakers.
Last time the two sides met the Hornets came out on top, but the Lakers were missing captain Luke Dixon, who will no doubt have a major influence.
Numurkah has the job of going up against top side Tatura, whose one loss has come at the hands of the Hornets.
An enticing match is always assured when the two play, with some of the region’s best tennis players in Tatura’s David Starling and Bruce Ferguson going head-to-head with Numurkah talents Mark Mills and Helene Steward.
Echuca is aiming to keep improving in its final six matches of the season, lining up against Shepparton Bulls tomorrow.
The border side could only win one set against the Bulls before Christmas courtesy of Regan Moore, so will be looking to make some gains in the doubles.