Clashes could define way ladder ends up

February 09, 2018

Donna Hyde will be doing her best to give Old Students the best chance of moving to the top of the table.

The penultimate round of Shepparton District Tennis Association has the potential to produce some of the matches of the season.

No side will be able to relax heading into tomorrow’s competition, with top spot a realistic chance for Old Students.

The Students could become the ladder leaders if they win against St Brendan’s, leapfrogging McEwen Reserve on the way.

But nothing is assured against the Saints, who produced a sterling game last week to defeat Shepparton North.

Xavier McBain, Lisa Trebley and Marie Gleeson were all integral in getting the job done for the Saints, who are a side capable of causing an upset in finals.

But the Students’ experience gives them the boost that could get them over the line with Aaron Plant and Donna Hyde at the forefront.

The two sides have not met since the beginning of November, after a fixtured meeting in December was abandoned due to wet weather.

While the Students were comprehensive winners in that encounter this summer, much has changed in the past four months.

If the Students do prevail, they will need a helping hand from Shepparton North to move into top spot.

It is North’s turn to challenge McEwen Reserve, with the former matching up well against the competition’s top side.

With North’s women always competitive against McEwen Reserve, the pressure turns to the men to try and secure valuable games in their sets.

Central Park and Karramomus duel in the other game.

A contest between the only two teams that will not be playing a final.

But Karra will be primed for the opportunity to create a close contest.

All eyes will be on how Lisa Reid and Marie Levett-Hall deal with coming up against Janelle and Elizabeth Pottenger in the women’s doubles.

The association’s mixed doubles championships have been moved to next Thursday at McEwen Reserve.

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