Goulburn Murray Lawn Tennis Association has a decisive leader in the top tier.
After Tatura Robins and Shepparton Bulls had been cosy at the top of the ladder so far this season, the Robins made their break on Saturday.
The pair met at Tatura and the Robins prevailed in nearly every individual battle, despite the absence of David Starling.
But by no means did the win come easily.
The Bulls pressed the Robins in every set, but Tatura rarely faltered in coming home with the prize.
The home side dropped just one set during the 7-60 to 1-44 victory to move 10 points ahead of the Bulls at the top of the table.
Eric Holt-Crossman was responsible for stepping into Starling’s role and performed exceptionally.
He defeated star Bulls player Luke Dixon in his first rubber, before Holt-Crossman later combined with Bruce Ferguson for a doubles win.
Holt-Crossman and Leanne Moore were up against a tough duo in Jarrod Bingham and Katie Ferguson, but with the Robins in fine form, again the set went their way.
The Bulls’ only set win came via the efforts of Dixon and Gabby Dwyer, who took a four-game victory against Ferguson and Brooke Starling.
Dwyer fought gallantly the whole afternoon, coming close to Moore in the singles while only going down by a game when she teamed up with Katie Ferguson in the women’s doubles.
Numurkah Warriors came as close to their first win, but in the story of their season they fell just five games short against the Shepparton Lakers.
In the Lakers’ nail-biting 4-56 to 4-51 victory, Shepparton captain Nick Gattuso made his return felt by winning all of the sets he contested.
No set was a whitewash as Warriors pair Emily Ryan and Imogen Cameron each won their singles contests, but not enough could be done to bring Numurkah a win before the Christmas break.
Away sides dominated GM2A as Kialla Park, Yarrawonga and Dhurringile/Stanhope recorded wins, while Rich River Rebels, Tongala and Nathalia took the spoils in GM2B.
GM2C was dominated by Stanhope and Dhurringile Green.
In GM3 West Nathalia, Kyabram Redbacks, Tatura Curlews and Lockington Bamawm United recorded victories, while in GM3 East Cobram Cobras, Shepparton Coyotes, Tatura Pelicans and Yarrawonga celebrated wins.
Tongala sits comfortably at the top of the table in GM4 and recorded yet another stirling victory against Numurkah Ravens and Nathalia also showed impressive signs.