Rockin’ Robins take flight

February 09, 2018

Shepparton Bull Eliza Long hasn't been beaten in singles or doubles this Goulburn Murray Lawn Tennis Association season.

Goulburn Murray Lawn Tennis Association’s top side finally returns to action this week after the Christmas-New Year break.

Tatura Robins were at their dangerous best in their last outing, a 7-60 to 1-44 dismissal of second-placed Shepparton Bulls to widen the gap at the top of the GM1 ladder.

And this weekend shapes as a straightforward task, facing winless Numurkah Warriors.

Numurkah was outclassed last weekend against Shepparton Bulls, failing to take a set in the 33-game loss.

Tatura’s main weapons this season have been David Starling and Leanne Moore; Moore has won five of six singles rubbers, while Starling is a combined 14-4 across singles and doubles.

The Robins have comfortably dealt with Numurkah twice this season, beating them 8-64 to 0-21 and 6-53 to 2-34 in rounds one and six.

In the weekend’s other top flight fixture, the Bulls will face Shepparton Hornets looking to keep pace with Tatura in the race for first.

It was a similarly tough weekend for the Hornets in round 10, winning no sets in a 22-64 loss to Shepparton Lakers.

But with four of the competition’s five teams to play finals, the Hornets’ finals chances remain solid, sitting fourth with a seven-point gap back to Numurkah.

The teams played out a thriller in round one, the Hornets producing one of their best performances of the season to fall just one game short, 4-46 to 4-47.

Their only win for the season came in round two against Numurkah, form they will need to bring back to match it with the Bulls.

The Bulls’ biggest asset for the campaign has been Eliza Long, who has won each of her 13 sets.

●In GM2 play, Shepparton Saints head to their clash with top team Shepparton Lions needing a result to keep in touch with the division’s top four.

The Saints took 10 of 11 sets last weekend against Yarrawonga, but will need to bring that same form against the impressive Lions, who won by the same margin against Kialla Park.

Fourth-ranked Tatura Mudlarks have just a three-point edge on the Saints, and host Kialla Park which is a further one point ahead in third.

Coming off a bye, Dhurringile-Stanhope will host Shepparton Giants in the final game of the round.

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