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Goulburn Murray Lawn Tennis Association round four approaches

By Alex Mitchell

Round four of the Goulburn Murray Lawn Tennis Association promises a ripping encounter between Tatura and the Shepparton Vipers — and someone’s zero will have to go.

The 3-0 Cockroaches have looked explosion-proof in a brilliant opening stretch and would certainly head to the Insectarium clash as favourites, with the Vipers the owners of two hard-fought wins.

The chief Cockroach this campaign has been Leanne Moore, who has reeled off an incredible 3-0 singles and 6-0 doubles record to start the year.

She proved helpful as her side knocked off the Shepparton Bulls 6-61 to 2-46 in round three, with David and Brooke Starling also in good form.

Sam McKenzie-McHarg has been good for the Vipers winning all his doubles matches, with every game crucial in his side’s one-game win against the Shepparton Lakers in round three.

All teams tomorrow will be as fresh as a daisy after a general bye last weekend.

Rich River will have an element of rust to shake off when it plays for the first time in three weeks, taking on the Shepparton Bulls.

Both teams have 1-1 records, but the Rebels will be searching for their first actual win with their points coming via forfeit in round one.

They had a tough time of things in their only outing of the year, a 7-56 to 1-35 loss to the surging Cockroaches.

The Bulls won a four-game thriller against the Hornets in round two, but were beaten last time out against Tatura.

The only Shepparton derby of the round will have the Hornets and Lakers do battle.

Neither has tasted victory this season, with their combined 0-6 record seeing them occupy sixth and seventh respectively on the ladder.

The Lakers were unlucky not to break through against the Vipers last time out, with Olivia Quigley (8-0 in singles) and Luke Dixon (8-4 in singles) doing everything they could.

It was a similar story for the Hornets, eight games short of the win against Numurkah, with James Curtis-McDonald and Darcy Curtis-McDonald two of the in-form players.