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March 16, 2018

Dhurringile-Stanhope's John Evans will be one of the key cogs if his side is to hold up the premiership flag tomorrow.

An easy match did not exist throughout the the GM2A season with all sides fiercely competitive.

As a result top side Shepparton Lions were bundled out of the finals series in straight sets, leaving Dhurringile-Stanhope and Shepparton Saints to compete for the title.

Dhurringile-Stanhope was responsible for knocking off the Lions in the semi-final, with the Saints dismissing the top side in the do-or-die preliminary final.

But while Shepparton Lions may have been slightly ahead of the curve this season, the two grand final sides are first class in their own right.

Dhurringile-Stanhope’s John Evans, Fleur Nurse and Taylor Apps are adept at playing doubles together, as well as being fine singles players in their own right.

But the Saints have match ups for anything thrown at them with rising star Luke Turcato part of the fold, while D’Arcy Curtis-McDonald and captain Tyson Coombes will also lead for their side.

Coombes has enjoyed a dominant season, winning the majority of his singles matches, although Evans claimed the victory when the sides met earlier in the year.

In GM2B, Tongala or Numurkah Raiders will take home silverware tomorrow afternoon.

Both sides defeated minor premier Nathalia on their way to the grand final and have been evenly matched throughout the season.

Just seven points separated the two sides on the ladder following the regular season, with Tongala settling in second position.

In a head-to-head tally, Tongala and Numurkah have a victory apiece as a premiership awaits the winning side of this best-of-three contest.

Stanhope and Mooroopna Cats have been the clear leaders of GM3C competition this season and will play off in what should be one of the closest finals of the day.

In an enthralling semi-final between the two sides, Stanhope won solely on set difference as the match finished 6-59 to 5-59.

They will renew acquaintances in a match that is again likely to be decided in the final games of the day.

Rochester and Lockington-Bamawm United will play off in a derby for the GM3 West title.

LBU would have been thankful for the weekend off last week having played in two arduous matches to make its way into the final.

Following a difficult match against Kyabram Redbacks, LBU then snatched a win against Tatura Curlews in the preliminary final by three games.

In contrast Rochester had an easier road forward with a 13-game defeat of the Curlews in order to earn a chance to play tomorrow.

Cobram Cobras will be looking to turn a fourth-placed finish in to a fairytale grand final weekend when they meet Yarrawonga in the GM3 East grand final.

The Cobras have produced a consistent finals series, but now have to lift again in order to send the competition’s top side home without a medallion.

Tongala starts favourite in GM4’s decider and Nathalia is tasked with the job of trying to topple the division’s premier team.

GRAND FINALS

GM1: Shepparton Bulls v Tatura Robins

GM2A: Dhurringile-Stanhope v Shepparton Saints

GM2B: Tongala v Numurkah Raiders

GM2C: Stanhope v Mooroopna Cats

GM3 West: Rochester v Lockington Bamawm United

GM3 East: Yarrawonga v Cobram Cobras

GM4: Tongala v Nathalia

All finals will be played at Shepparton Lawn Tennis Club courts in Welsford St.

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