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Rockin’ Robins are hoppin’ and a boppin’

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October 24, 2017

Starring: Brooke Starling and her Tatura teammates are unbeaten to start the GMLTA season after two rounds.So close: Tatura's Brooke Starling was named best-on-court, admirable in her side's grand final loss.

Tatura has secured its second win from as many matches in the new Goulburn Murray Lawn Tennis Association season.

The Robins dealt easily with the visiting Shepparton Lakers at Tatura Lawn Tennis Club, eventually winning the match 6-60 to 2-39.

But with tricky conditions and fresh courts to deal with, the scoreboard did not tell the complete story of the contest.

‘‘It was a difficult day with the wind and so forth,’’ Tatura captain David Starling said.

‘‘One of the courts we were playing on was a new one as well, so as the season goes on and we get to hitting on it more it will get better.’’

The make-up of Tatura’s side was a family affair, with Starling and daughter Brooke combining with Leanne and Regan Moore (mother and son) for the first time.

‘‘You do find that a lot of clubs (are family driven),’’ Starling said.

‘‘Myself and Brooke have never played with Regan and Leanne before because they’re from Echuca, so it’s a little bit different and interesting, it’s good.’’

Starling and Regan lost their opening men’s doubles clash to the Lakers 7-8, but with Brooke and Leanne snaring an 8-2 rubber victory over Olivia Quigley and Ashlea Baker it set the tone for the Robins, who went on to win all four singles rubbers and break even once more in the mixed events.

‘‘Our women really did the job for us by winning the doubles and then their singles,’’ Starling said.

‘‘I think the competition will go up a notch again next weekend and we’re looking forward to playing more tennis and getting into the season.’’

With the Shepparton Bulls having a round two bye, the Numurkah Warriors and Shepparton Hornets faced off in the other match of the weekend.

The Hornets took an early lead in the doubles by just one game as the rubbers were split, but it was three of four singles wins to Fergus Kearney (8-6), Hope Curtis-McDonald (8-0) and Jessica Dalton (8-4) which truly swung the contest in their direction.

Brayden Price flew the flag for the Warriors with a win in every format, but in the end it was the away side that claimed the spoils of victory 5-58 to 3-43.

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