Leading contenders wave goodbye to pack

February 13, 2018

Water Hen Jackie Kerrins shows off her backhand.

Andrew Nilbett has his eye on the ball in his 6-4 win against David Norris.

Goulburn Murray Lawn Tennis division one’s top two sides showed their strength in commanding wins on Saturday.

Tatura and Shepparton Bulls have separated themselves from the pack with only a loss each this season, and both were near their best in round 11.

For the Robins, it was more of the same as they remained undefeated since round three, beating Numurkah 7-59 to 1-37.

Only Helene Steward would break through for a set for the Warriors, beating Brooke Starling 8-3.

But aside from that minor blip it was smooth sailing for Tatura, with Starling, Regan Moore, Leanne Moore and David Starling combining to take all remaining sets.

It remains five points clear at the top of the division, ahead of the Bulls who had less room for error.

They too won with confidence, but didn’t gap their opposition the way Tatura did, beating Shepparton Hornets 6-58 to 2-46.

Jarrod Bingham and James Curtis-McDonald played a tight singles rubber with Curtis-McDonald pinching the win 8-7 for one of two Hornets set wins.

But Eliza Long, Katie Ferguson and Gabby Dwyer took the remaining singles encounters as well as three of four doubles matches to take the bulk of the points.

The Hornets remain fourth, but have just an eight-point advantage on Numurkah in the race for fourth.

In GM2A, Shepparton Lions pulled off an exciting win against Shepparton Saints despite winning just five of the 11 sets.

Viv New had a big hand in the result, winning both her doubles matches 8-2 with Anna Reynolds and Cathy O’Brien.

In the section’s other game, Tatura Mudlarks smashed Kialla Park 8-73 to 3-55.

The Mudlarks have now jumped over Park into third position.

In GM3 East action, Kialla Park knocked off Tatura Water Hens by 10 games.

Tatura won the majority of the sets, but Park had some big wins in the doubles to get the result.

●Only one Shepparton District Tennis Association match was played as heat again caused Saturday play to be cancelled.

The round’s Friday night match went ahead with Lemnos beating McEwen Reserve Blue 7-46 to 2-34.

Lemnos remained on top of the A1/A2 ladder with McEwen Reserve still in ninth.

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