Tennis is back.
Goulburn Murray Lawn Tennis Association returned with an ace at the weekend as four of the competition’s five teams went head-to-head.
Rivals Shepparton Bulls and Shepparton Hornets locked horns and it was the former who came out on top, winning by one game.
Luke Dixon and Jarrod Bingham won their singles rubbers against Bruce Ferguson and Fergus Kearney 8-3, 8-3 respectively, getting the Bulls off to the best of starts.
However, Hope Curtis-McDonald and Isobel Gribben attempted to rally the Hornets, winning their singles rubbers against Katie Ferguson and Gabby Dwyer.
Dixon and Bingham further extended the Bulls’ lead winning their doubles match, before Curtis-McDonald and Gribben closed the gap yet again, winning their rubber 8-4.
In the seventh and eighth sets the spoils were shared one apiece, meaning the Bulls got their season off to the best possible starts, while the reigning premiers head back to the drawing board.
Tatura made light work of Numurkah in the opening round, winning all eight sets.
The Robins ran riot with David and Brooke Starling and Regan and Leanne Moore cruising home to victory, 8-64 to 0-21.
The Robins were barely troubled until the eighth rubber, winning by three or more games during each set.
David Starling got the Robins off to a sensational start, taking eight straight games off Brayden Price in an emphatic opening rubber.
One rubber soon became two for the Robins when Regan Moore trumped the diminutive Mark Mills 8-4, before Leanne Moore went whack over Emily Ryan, winning 8-1.
Unfortunately for the Warriors, it was then all one-way traffic as the Robins proved too strong.
After the opening round results the Robins sit four points clear of the Bulls, while Shepparton Lakers, who had the bye, lead the Hornets and Warriors in the chasing pack.