Two best sides, but only one granny spot

March 02, 2018

A spot in the Goulburn Murray Lawn Tennis Association grand final is on the line tomorrow when the Tatura Robins trade blows with the Shepparton Bulls in a battle of the GM1 heavyweights.

The teams have gapped the rest of the division with a staggering 39-point margin between second and third on the table.

Tatura potentially enters the Numurkah showdown as favourites after a strong display against the Bulls in round nine.

A 7-60 to 1-44 win was boosted by Leanne Moore’s perfect three from three display, and with an 8-1 singles record for the year she remains a huge factor for the Bulls to deal with.

But Shepparton’s Eliza Long will look to lead her side, 5-0 in singles and 10-1 in doubles in what has been a quality season.

In what is sure to be a close encounter, a quality showing from the Bulls’ stars could be enough to help them topple the top side.

Awaiting the loser in the preliminary final will be the winner of the second semi-final, a Shepparton derby between the Lakers and the Hornets.

It is clearly the Lakers’ game to lose, comprehensively beating the Hornets the last time the teams met in round 10, 8-64 to 0-22.

The Hornets have lifted since the belting, producing a second win for the season against bottom-ranked Numurkah before pushing the Robins all the way in a seven-game loss.

Nicholas Gattuso is 7-1 in doubles this season and Samuel McKenzie-McHarg is 8-4, the Laker pair key to their side’s chances.

In GM2A, the Shepparton Lions will tackle Dhurringile-Stanhope for a spot in the grand final, while the Shepparton Saints and Tatura Mudlarks play to keep their seasons alive.

The Lions went down in one of the ties of the season against Dhurringile-Stanhope when they last met, falling 4-59 to 7-62, but dominated the rest of the campaign to top the ladder.

And the Saints and Mudlarks’ last meeting was just as even, the Mudlarks pinching a one-game, 5-57 to 6-56 win.

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