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Clash turns to Bulls dust due to weather

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November 21, 2017

Numurkah's Helene Steward was hitting the ball well before rain stopped play in her side's clash with Shepparton Bulls.

Shepparton Bulls will have to wait for another chance to top the Goulburn Murray Lawn Tennis Association’s pennant ladder.

The Bulls travelled to Numurkah to take on the Warriors, but the match was declared a washout shortly after it started.

In the time the players hit the court Shepparton Bulls’ Eliza Long showed why she is among the best tennis players in the state.

She teamed up with Jarrod Bingham to go head-to-head with Brayden Price and Mark Mills, with the Bulls combo taking the set 8-2.

In the only women’s doubles set played Helene Steward and Emily Ryan paired for the Warriors and produced a blistering performance to defeat Gabby Dwyer and Katie Ferguson 8-1.

But after the two sets the match was declared a draw with Numurkah in the lead by one game.

With the Shepparton Hornets and Shepparton Lakers match also called off in A1 competition, Tatura Mudlarks and Dhurringile-Stanhope had more pleasant weather at Tatura for their GM2A match.

Tatura’s women experienced plenty of success in their singles matches which built a path forward for a 6-64 to 5-56 victory.

Sharon Clement and Lynda Ashcroft won their tussles, with Ashcroft not conceding a game.

The Mudlarks held a lead of 12 games leading into the mixed doubles matches, but Dhurringile-Stanhope was able to get the better of its opposition in the final three sets, but it was not enough to make up the deficit.

Plenty of action took place in GM2B as top side Tongala asserted its authority over cellar-dweller Dhurringile Blue.

Tongala did not lose a set for the match.

Stacey McGill and Damian Brennan were among those that enjoyed a big singles win on Saturday.

A closer affair played out between Numurkah Raiders and Echuca South with the Raiders making a stunning comeback to win the match.

South claimed all four singles matches before the Raiders stepped in to make an impact in doubles.

With help from Andrew Storer’s and Catherine Church’s win in the mixed doubles, the Raiders clinched the match 5-63 to 6-61.

In GM2C, Mooroopna Cats were easy victors against Dhurringile Green, while Kyabram Bombers could not match the might of Stanhope.

Kyabram Bombers also contested a tense match, defeating Rich River Rebels by five games.

The spoils in a full round of GM3 West action went to Rochester, Echuca Cats, Kyabram Redbacks and Lockington Bamawm United, while in GM3 East Numurkah Penguins and Cobram Crocs ran out winners.

In GM4, Nathalia claimed an away win against Tatura Warblers and Kyabram Bombers were a step ahead of Numurkah Ravens.

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