Blockbuster is a word thrown around too often when describing sporting contests.
But the Shepparton District Tennis Association round-five pennant clash between McEwen Reserve and Shepparton North tomorrow is undoubtedly an early season blockbuster.
McEwen sits atop the ladder as the only undefeated team after four matches, while North lost its first game last weekend against St Brendan’s.
The key to McEwen’s success has not necessarily been blowing opposition outfits off the court, with last week’s 8-51 to 1-38 triumph over Central Park the first fixture where it had conceded less than three sets, but a remarkable feat of consistency.
Tim Comer and Geoff Akers have had outstanding starts to the new campaign, with the latter winning all nine of his rubbers (after missing round one) and the former dropping just one of 12 — his first set of the season.
North will be looking to bounce back from last week’s maiden defeat and will certainly come out firing against the ladder-leader.
St Brendan’s will face Old Students tomorrow and is poised to claim top position if results fall its way.
If McEwen was to fall against North, and St Brendan’s took care of the Students, a superior percentage would see the current second-placed team jump up a spot.
The final match of the round could be just as exciting as the first two, with Central Park and Karramomus vying for their first victory of the season.
With Old Students already two matches ahead of the pair, this contest could be crucial in deciding which side remains in the hunt for glory and which team will be battling to avoid a wooden spoon.
Tonight’s A1/A2 action also has a bottom-of-the-table duel in round five, with McEwen Reserve Blue facing Murchison.
At the other end of the ladder, undefeated Lemnos will do battle with McEwen Reserve Green tomorrow, along with fixtures between McEwen Reserve White and St Andrews and Shepparton North and St Brendan’s, while Old Students has the bye.
In A3 division action, Kialla Park and Bunbartha will put their undefeated records on the line against Shepparton North and Karramomus respectively, while in other clashes Undera Blue faces Mooroopna Lawn and Central Park tackles Undera White.