A quirk of the Shepparton District Tennis Association pennant draw means that a gap could appear between the top and bottom halves of the ladder as early as this weekend.
All three round one victors will avoid facing each other in tomorrow’s round two clashes, with back-to-back wins high on the agenda of players from Shepparton North, McEwen Reserve and St Brendan’s.
If the trio again tastes success it will streak ahead to a two-game lead over its rivals.
Reigning premier Old Students will be looking to stop North in its tracks when the two tackle each other, while Karramomus can build plenty of confidence with an upset win over McEwen.
The final fixture pits Central Park against St Brendan’s, with the former only losing by four games in the opening round.
The A1-A2 division again has action tonight, with Old Students taking on McEwen Reserve White and Murchison battling Shepparton North.
Tomorrow St Andrew’s plays McEwen Reserve Green and McEwen Reserve Blue faces St Brendan’s, while Lemnos has the bye.
In similar circumstances to the pennant fixture, no winners from round one are forced to take on each other.
A tantalising derby awaits spectators of the A3 competition tomorrow, with Undera White challenging Undera Blue.
Neither side could manage victory in round one, so players will be desperate for early season ascendancy and bragging rights over their clubmates.
In other games, Kialla Park plays Karramomus, Shepparton North tackles Mooroopna Lawn and Central Park hosts Bunbartha.
●This weekend will also see the resumption of the Shepparton Junior Tennis Association season.
Association secretary Heather Lees was excited for the summer ahead.
‘‘We have 66 teams in 10 grades from A-grade right down to the beginner 10-and-under grade,’’ she said.
‘‘We look to another enjoyable and successful season.’’
With 10 rounds of play before the Christmas break and four afterwards, before the semi-final and grand final weekend on March 3 to 4, there will be plenty of action across the region’s courts.
But there will be a slight disruption to the start of the season for some.
The School Sport Australia 12-and-under Bruce Cup Tennis Championship is coming to town from tomorrow until next Saturday, meaning that all Shepparton Lawn home matches have been rescheduled for the first two rounds to accommodate the influx of rising tennis stars.