PREMIER League teams are back on the Bendigo Lawn Tennis Club courts for today’s eighth round in the Bendigo Tennis Association season.
The unpredictability of the grass court surface may be a leveller and upsets could be on the cards.
Brougham Arms takes on Bigpond in the all-Spring Gully match on courts 11, 12 and 13 at the Barnard Street complex.
Bigpond is fifth on the ladder, seven points behind Brougham Arms.
The key could be the return of Eliza Long at the top of the Bigpond order. Her match against Jamie Brown should prove interesting.
In the women’s, the talented Jess Hartland will be tough to beat.
Bigpond to win 7-5.
BLTC Shish will battle with Spring Gully Butterflies on courts 5, 6 and 7 in a top of the table clash.
Butterflies will be determined to play against the red-hot Shish.
A highlight will be the clash between No. 1 men, Shish’s Curt Garwood and Butterflies’ Matt Hartland.
Shish appear to have too much depth and class and should take the points in a 7-5 victory.
BLTC Rising Sun plays South Bendigo Metro on courts 14, 15 and 16.
The BLTC Rising Sun will be aiming to reclaim second sport, but the task will not be easy against the big-serving Sam McHarg and Zac Lethlean, who will be suited to grass court tennis.
The Rising Sun should prove too string though, with the proven depth and consistency of a top three team Metro will struggle to match.
Rising Sun to win 9-3.
In section two, the ladder-leading Spring Gully Racqueteers play fourth-placed Spring Gully Phoenix, and second-placed Spring Gully Sensation takes on the fifth-ranked Spring Gully Stingers.