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Big guns are ready to come out blazing

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November 25, 2016

Nick Gattuso will have to play a vital hand if the Shepparton Hornets are to defeat Tatura.

A top-of-the-table clash headlines round six of the Goulburn Murray Lawn Tennis Association as Tatura and the Shepparton Hornets meet.

Tatura is yet to lose this year, defeating every team in the competition including a comprehensive round one win against the Hornets.

But the David Starling-led side is unlikely to record another 28-game win when the two sides meet at Tatura’s home courts.

In their first encounter, the Hornets could only manage two set victories from Nicholas Gattuso and Hope Curtis-McDonald.

The two players have remained in fine form and are crucial to ensure Shepparton can get close to their opposition.

James Curtis-McDonald is also back in the mix for the Hornets and will prove an important addition of experience for the team after missing in round one.

A pairing of Curtis-McDonald and Gattuso in the men’s doubles should produce an entertaining encounter as they battle Bruce Ferguson and Starling.

But while the Hornets will give themselves a chance at ending Tatura’s run, the home side should remain at the top of the table following the weekend’s action.

Numurkah Warriors are desperate to boost themselves from second last on the ladder and know they have the talent to achieve that feat.

But they face a Shepparton Bulls outfit coming off a strong win against Echuca last week.

The Bulls never looked in doubt as Katie Ferguson and Isobel Gribben again stood strong for their side.

With the Bulls taking the win by just four games last time, it might not just be the contest between one and two drawing all the attention.

Echuca has lost against every team in the competition, but brings high spirits into the match against the Shepparton Lakers.

Although rotating through eight players so far this season, any improvement on the 38 games it won against the Lakers in round one will be a confidence boost.

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