Wins wanted for Christmas

December 16, 2016

Influential: Tim James looms as an important figure for Shepparton Bulls in tomorrow's GMLTA premier one battle against Shepparton Lakers.

Goulburn Murray Lawn Tennis Association’s players will tomorrow hit the court for the final time before the Christmas break.

The competition takes a break until January 21, so expect players throughout the divisions to leave no stone unturned as they bid to go into the festive season as winners.

Premier one features a crosstown Shepparton battle between the Lakers and Bulls.

Both sides boast 3-5 win-loss records following last-start defeats, but there is the lure of a sole grip on fourth spot as the prize for the victors.

The Achilles heel for the Bulls has come in the doubles, when you consider the team boasts three players in Judy Buzza, Tim James and Katie Ferguson with winning singles percentages of more than 70 per cent.

Ashlea Baker has been one of the leading lights for the Lakers, while captain Luke Dixon wins two out of every three singles matches.

Top takes on bottom when Tatura hosts Echuca.

This looks on paper to be a lay down misere for Tatura, especially with David Starling and Brooke Starling in vintage touch.

Echuca has shown good glimpses of form, but the side from the border is lacking the required consistency across the board to get across the line.

Numurkah Warriors (third) take on Shepparton Hornets (second) in the other top-flight contest.

Winning form is good form, especially for the Hornets (7-1).

Nick Gattuso, James Curtis-McDonald, Hope Curtis-McDonald and Gabby Dwyer form a quality quartet, although the Warriors, especially when Helene Steward and Nick Fenaughty play, are in great touch.

Most interest in premier two surrounds whether Dhurringile-Stanhope and Kialla Park can go into the new year undefeated.

The two sides are setting a cracking pace at the top of the table with seven wins from as many starts and should pack enough quality to keep that perfect record intact.

Dhurringile-Stanhope is making the trek to Yarrawonga and Kialla Park travels to take on bottom side Cobram, which is still chasing its first victory.

In premier three west, unbeaten Echuca South hosts Lockington-Bamawm and in premier three east, Shepparton Coyotes get an early mark before the break, having the bye in round nine.

Premier four action sees cellar-dwellers Tatura Lawn Green and Nathalia at home in a bid to climb from the foot of the table, while top side Tongala Blue hosts Kyabram Redbacks.

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