Aces lift intensity on court

After 18 rounds of regular season action, the serious stuff begins with Saturday's semi-finals in the the Bendigo Tennis Association’s Premier League and section one competitions.

Spring Gully Brougham Arms take on BLTC Rising Sun in a qualifying final at the Bendigo Bank tennis complex in Nolan Street.

The winner advances to the grand final.

The Brougham Arms' dominant men’s core led by Matt Hartland, Jamie Brown and Shane Burke will be tough for Rising Sun’s Michael Smyth, Nick Bath, Michael Nihill and Stuart Johansen to beat.

A fascinating battle is looming in the women’s.

Rising Sun's Rebecca Tweed and Tova Penno will need to play well.

The Gully has Jess Hartland, Danielle Bowles, Bronwyn Osborne and Lynda Gallagher to choose from.

Hartland’s potential singles clash with Tweed will be a highlight.

If Rising Sun’s men prove up to the task, this match could be in the balance at the mixed. Even so, it may not be enough.

Prediction: Brougham Arms to win 804.

After a three-year absence, Spring Gully Bigpond is back in the finals and up against third-placed BLTC Metro.

The Metro men have been strong all year and Zac Lethlean, Isaac Watson, Sam McHarg and Grant Leader will be keen to get on the board early against the likes of Jack Baker, Brad Slingo and Jayd Davis.

Metro’s Tamara Wright and Rashelle Blencowe take on Heather Robbins and Lani Hamilton.

Bigpond is in with a chance, but Metro had the regular season edge and will start favourites.

Metro to win 8-4.

Section one semi-finals: Spring Gully Racqueteers v Spring Gully Panthers 16, 17. Spring Gully Phoenix v BLTC Stingers 18, 19.

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