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Each game to shape finals

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December 08, 2017

Tatura Robins Bruce Ferguson caused headaches for the Shepparton Hornets last time the two side's met.

Every match in the Goulburn Murray Lawn Tennis Association pennant division is a potential finals match-up.

The top four sides are all capable of beating each other and even bottom side Numurkah can do damage in the post-season should it claim some wins in the second half of the season.

After missing last week’s games due to rain, the Warriors will have yet another week off with a scheduled bye.

Tatura Robins and Shepparton Hornets will dive head first into a gripping contest.

The round eight match at Shepparton Lawn presents the Hornets with the chance to show how far it can reach this season.

When the two sides last met, the Hornets were not far off the pace as they lacked only the finishing polish to close out sets.

No set was a blowout as the major proportion of clashes resulted in each side gathering at least four games.

Bruce Ferguson and David Starling were major factors as they took control of the men’s doubles and the singles.

But mixed action could yet provide the place where the Hornets can break past any deficit should they be faced with one, as the brother-sister duo of James and Hope Curtis-McDonald are always trusted to perform.

Shepparton Bulls and Shepparton Lakers square off in a grudge match, with the latter looking to atone for their previous encounter.

The Lakers fell one game short in a thrilling match.

But the Lakers will have to switch into gear quickly having spent two weeks on the sidelines, particularly when every game is so crucial.

Nick Gattuso is a pivotal player the Lakers will be without, although rising star Olivia Quigley will look to make up for his absence.

GM2A will be at ease with ladder leader Shepparton Lions having a bye.

Instead, second-placed Kialla Park will take the opportunity against lowly Yarrawonga to build up its points tally.

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