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Bulls on charge to close in

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February 17, 2017

The experience of captain Tim James has helped the team enjoy six victories this season.

Shepparton Hornets and Shepparton Bulls face off in the Goulburn Murray Lawn Tennis Association’s match of the round.

While the Hornets missed out on a top-two clash against Tatura last week as a result of extreme heat, a match against their Shepparton counterparts will spark just as much interest.

Unless the Bulls lose all three matches left in the season, a spot in the finals look set to be theirs.

The experience of captain Tim James and Jarrod Bingham has helped the team enjoy six victories this season, with Isobel Gribben and Katie Ferguson also important.

But sitting third on the ladder there remains a big gap between the Bulls and the two teams above them.

The Hornets and Tatura have dropped just the one game as they stream into a finals series.

However, this dominance will not stop a nail-biting game against the Bulls.

Last time the two sides met sets were shared, as just a five-game buffer pulled the game in the Hornets favour.

With the Hornets making their mark in singles matches and the Bulls better in the doubles, either Shepparton side could finish on the right side of the ledger tomorrow.

As the Bulls look likely to finish third, Numurkah Warriors and Shepparton Lakers will fight it out for the remaining position in finals.

The Lakers are two wins behind the Warriors, but are in the prime position to make up some ground this week.

Taking on Echuca, the Lakers should make a sizeable increase to their points tally against the winless Murray Bombers.

Olivia Quigley will be absent for the Shepparton side as she competes at the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club Championships across the weekend.

But the Lakers should still have no trouble completing the task as young stars Sam McKenzie-McHarg and Jordan Butts continue to make inroads.

While the Lakers look set to gain a win, Numurkah has no such guarantees.

Meeting top side Tatura, the Warriors will have to improve on their prior performances against Tat where they won just four sets.

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