This Shepparton District Tennis Association season is ready to open up in style.
All three pennant matches will be played at McEwen Reserve tomorrow giving competing teams a chance to size up their opposition for the summer ahead.
Association president Murray Akers is looking forward to an action-packed beginning to the season.
‘‘We’ll start them all together to create a bit of atmosphere and get a bit of a contest going,’’ Akers said.
‘‘From our point of view it’s looking pretty good, we’ve got six teams in pennant, which is good.’’
The top tier begins with a scintillating rematch of last season’s decider as Old Students and McEwen Reserve go head-to-head.
With Students taking the spoils in a close grand final in March, Akers said tomorrow’s result could fall either way.
‘‘It’ll be interesting to see, they’re always tough matches, but there’ll be different players in both teams, so with a bit of a different look it should be quite interesting to see how it all pans out,’’ he said.
Competition powerhouse Tallygaroopna has not entered sides in this year’s competition, allowing Karramomus to step up after winning the A2 premiership.
Karra will play St Brendan’s in the opening round after the Saints produced some strong tennis last season.
Shepparton North also finished off the summer on a competitive note, taking out the A1 premiership while also testing the higher ranked sides in the joint pennant/A1 division.
Tonight is the beginning of A1/A2 matches with a derby between McEwen Reserve White and McEwen Reserve Blue.
With the club the most prolific in the competition as it fields four teams across all divisions, the match should show the depth of its players.
Shepparton North hosts Old Students and Lemnos meets Murchison to round out tonight’s matches, with St Brendan’s and St Andrew’s to fight out their first game of the season tomorrow, while McEwen Reserve Green has the bye.
In A3 competition, Karramomus takes on Central Park with Bunbartha and Shepparton North also squaring off.
Akers was positive about tennis at Undera, following the club’s decision to field a second side.
Undera Blue hosts Kialla Park and Undera White travels to take on Mooroopna Lawn.