Lopsided sets settle score

February 27, 2018

Matt Carroll played a big role in helping Shepparton Saints sneak into the Goulburn Murray Two finals in Saturday's last regular season round.

The Goulburn Murray Lawn Tennis Association regular season wrapped up with a thrilling clash between the Tatura Robins and the Shepparton Hornets.

The sides split the eight sets on offer, but it was the high-flying Robins that left with the bulk of the points, winning 4-57 to 4-50.

Singles wins were shared, with Brooke Starling and Leanne Moore winning for Tatura and James Curtis-McDonald and Fergus Kearney winning for Shepparton.

David Starling produced in a big way for the Robins to help build the buffer, winning his doubles with Regan Moore 8-1 and with Leanne Moore 8-3.

The weekend’s other fixture had the Shepparton Lakers forfeit for a second week in a row due to unavailability, with the Shepparton Bulls taking full points.

Saturday’s finals will be played in Numurkah with the Robins hosting the Bulls for a spot in the grand final.

The Lakers will play the Hornets with both teams’ seasons on the line.

In GM2 play, the Shepparton Saints snuck into finals as everything fell their way on the last day of the regular season.

The Saints took care of business against the Shepparton Giants with a comfortable victory, while Tatura’s and Kialla Park’s losses meant they jumped from fifth to third.

Matt Carroll won all three of his sets for the Saints, as did D’Arcy Cutris-McDonald in the Saints’ 9-75 to 2-35 win.

For the Giants, Sam McInneny won his singles against Tyson Coombes and Dot Brown delivered against Andrea Muskee, earning their two sets for the tie.

In heartbreak for Kialla Park, a three-game loss to Yarrawonga meant it missed finals, sliding to fifth place.

In a close encounter, big doubles wins for Grant Chappell and Ellen Bruce (8-1) and Ronan Pritchard and Jo McCarthy (8-3) helped build a match-winning margin.

It proved a lucky break for the Tatura Mudlarks, who went down to Dhurringile/Stanhope 5-48 to 6-60.

For the victors, John Evans and Yvonne Maxwell won their respective singles matches 6-0 on a particularly windy day in Stanhope.

The finals for next week are set with the Shepparton Lions to host Dhurringile/Stanhope in the first semi-final for a spot in grand final.

In the other match, the Saints will play the Mudlarks, with the loser’s season to end.

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