A clear divide exists in Shepparton District Tennis Association’s pennant competition, but a top four clash between Shepparton North and St Brendan’s will not result in a blowout.
A sole game separates the two sides with North placed second, behind only the all-conquering McEwen Reserve.
North will be sure to create a closer contest than when the two sides first met this season and the Saints blew them away.
Lisa Trebley, Marie Gleeson and Jacinta Harrington were influential in the initial match, as they won all their women’s doubles sets comprehensively.
But while the Saints’ women may again edge past their opponents, Shepparton North has a reasonable chance of building a lead in the men’s doubles.
Clark Pettigrew, Evan Cooknell and Mark Jackson all were pivotal components in last year’s A1 premiership side and continue to make an impact this year in the top division.
Table-topper McEwen Reserve will be looking to inflict some damage on Central Park on the Parkers’ home courts.
Even with a varied composition last Saturday, McEwen needed no time to adjust as Justin Hunter and Ben Ladson were able substitutes.
Despite Central Park’s lowly ranking, it has continued to hold its own each week and be no easybeat with Janelle Pottenger and Scott Durling always chipping away.
But McEwen Reserve may prove a bridge too far as the benchmark side in the competition continues its march towards finals.
In the other round nine match, reigning premier Old Students takes on Karramomus with the Students’ experience putting them in prime position.
While tomorrow’s contests are in danger of cancellation, there should still be some action in the competition.
McEwen Reserve White faces Shepparton North tonight in joint A1/A2 competition, while Old Students host Lemnos.