GMLTA round eight preview

By Tyler Maher

The first half of the Goulburn Murray Lawn Tennis Association season is in the rear-view mirror — but rather than looking back in anger, teams will be looking forward to the run into finals action.

In the top tier GM1 competition, all sides will remain hopeful of a top-four finish — even the current occupant of last place Shepparton Lakers.

The Lakers have only secured one win, but that came just two rounds ago, so it will be fresh in their minds.

Putting last week’s convincing defeat against top-of-the-table Tatura out of their minds though will be key for the Lakers tomorrow when they take on Rich River.

The Lakers were forced to forfeit their round one contest against the Rebels, but the likes of Olivia Quigley and James Nethersole will be crucial to the side’s chances of rectifying that result.

The undefeated Cockroaches can assert their authority on another clash tomorrow when they take on the Shepparton Hornets.

Bruce Ferguson, James Curtis-McDonald, Brooke Starling and Leanne Moore were in sparkling touch for Tatura last week and will start hot favourites against the Hornets.

The other round eight match pits Shepparton Vipers against Numurkah Warriors.

Both teams are locked on 37 points apiece and the Warriors will be keen to turn around a tight round one loss to tomorrow’s opponent on the court.

In the GM2 Mixed division, Shepparton Giants and Numurkah Raiders will clash in what should be an entertaining match, while Shepparton Saints face Yarrawonga Blue, Tatura Beetles take on Shepparton Lions and Nathalia does battle with Yarrawonga White.

The mid-table contest between Kialla Park and Shepparton Pelicans highlights GM2 Open action, with Echuca taking on Mooroopna Hurricanes and Dhurringile clashing with Mooroopna Jets to complete the round.