Bulls escape being dust

November 14, 2017

Shepparton Bulls have become the masters of closing out close matches this season, defeating Shepparton Lakers by one game on Saturday with captain Jarrod Bingham fantastic under pressure.

Shepparton Bulls continued their unbeaten run in the most challenging way possible, sneaking past Shepparton Lakers by one game.

The Bulls defeated the Lakers 4-52 to 4-51 as sets were split evenly across the disciplines in the nail-biting GM1 contest.

Nick Gattuso and Samuel McKenzie-McHarg had the Lakers off to a winning start by defeating Jarrod Bingham and Jordon Butts.

But with just a one-game victory, it was the Bulls that enjoyed more success in the women’s doubles as Katie Ferguson and Gabby Dwyer overcame their talented opposition 8-4.

Bulls captain Bingham took his singles set 8-2 against Gattuso, a player he knows so well.

‘‘I was very happy with that match, Nick is one of the best players in the comp and he has got a hold of me the last couple of times we’ve played, so it’s good to keep my season moving in the right direction,’’ Bingham said.

But with Gattuso and Jessica Dalton too strong for their counterparts in the mixed doubles in order to bring up a six-game set win, the Bulls just managed to take bragging rights from the game.

As the only undefeated team in the competition, it is the second match this season the Bulls have won by just one game.

‘‘The first game was a one-game win as well, so we’re lucky so far, we always see the Lakers as being a really strong team and we thought it was going to be close, but never expected it to be that close,’’ he said.

‘‘We’ve got some pretty competitive people in our team who really want to win every game and it’s a bit of that and I think a bit of luck especially now we’re two and zip for close games.’’

With Luke Dixon and Eliza Long missing from the Bulls on Saturday, there is plenty more talent to rotate through the side.

‘‘Eliza will play the next couple of weeks and having her in is a big difference for us, she’s such a good player and Luke is one of the best players going around in the last five years,’’ Bingham said.

The experience of the Tatura Robins was too vast for the Shepparton Hornets as the David Starling-captained side took the match 5-54 to 3-42.

With an early lead building in the men’s doubles, the dominance continued into the singles.

Hope Curtis-McDonald was the only Hornets player able to secure her set, prevailing by three games against Brooke Starling.

As the Robins experienced increased success in the mixed doubles, Starling and Leanne Moore’s 8-3 win left the result beyond doubt.

●In GM2A, Kialla Park took charge of increasing its points tally by defeating Shepparton Giants 9-70 to 2-44.

Dropping just two sets for the match’s entirety, the side took a 9-70 to 2-44 win with Robbie Mifka a feature in a host of supreme set wins.

Dhurringile-Stanhope was a comfortable victor against Shepparton Saints, while the Shepparton Lions were too strong for Yarrawonga.

In GM2 B matches, Echuca South clinched a thriller against Kyabram Bombers as Numurkah Raiders and Tongala also enjoyed wins.

Mooroopna Cats and Dhurringile Green were the successful teams in GM2 C, while in GM3 East Shepparton and Cobram Crocs could not be separated.

In the other division matches, Shepparton Coyotes, Kialla Park and Yarrawonga took the spoils.

Rochester, Kyabram Redbacks, Tatura Curlews and Kyabram Bombers had a week of domination in GM3 West with Nathalia and Tongala brilliant in GM 4.

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