Shepparton Lakers will have their chance to end Tatura’s dominance at the top of the Goulburn Murray Lawn Tennis Association’s division one tomorrow.
The Robins have been in scintillating form having not lost since round three against Shepparton Bulls, winning 26 of their past 32 sets in moving to the top of the GM1 ladder.
They dismantled Numurkah last weekend, dropping only one set in a 22-game win, and will be looking to continue on that same path tomorrow.
Well clear of fourth but too far back from second, continuing solid form is the most important thing for the Lakers with two rounds to play until finals.
Before last week’s bye they had reeled off consecutive wins against Numurkah and Shepparton Hornets, and will need that same performance level to deal with the flying Robins.
Especially given Tatura boasts the division’s top two singles players, David Starling and Leanne Moore (both 6-1 this campaign).
With the second-ranked Bulls scheduled for the bye, the round’s other top-tier fixture will have the division’s bottom two sides go head-to-head in search of a rare win.
The Hornets and Numurkah have one win between them — the Hornets’ 5-58 to 3-43 triumph against the Warriors from round two.
Numurkah is fifth on the ladder, but with a big result against the Hornets could still sneak into the finals given it is just eight points back.
Helene Steward took the Warriors’ sole set last weekend, while James Curtis-McDonald and the doubles team of Fergus Kearney and Darcy Curtis-McDonald won for the Hornets.
In GM2, it is another battle of the cellar-dwellers as sixth-placed Yarrawonga hosts seventh-ranked Shepparton Giants.
Pushing for finals, Kialla Park has a tricky fixture against Dhurringile-Stanhope, while top side Shepparton Lions will not have it easy against the red-hot Tatura Mudlarks that have won their past three games.