South quashes Epsom’s premiership campaign

END OF THE ROAD: The season is over for Jono Guy and his Epsom team-mates after they lost to South Bendigo in the preliminary final. Picture: NONI HYETT

END OF THE ROAD: The season is over for Jono Guy and his Epsom team-mates after they lost to South Bendigo in the preliminary final. Picture: NONI HYETT

SOUTH Bendigo has won its way through to the Bendigo Tennis Association’s premier league grand final.

The Jordan Hicks-led South Bendigo scored a 16-game victory in Friday night’s preliminary final showdown with Epsom at Spring Gully.

South Bendigo won four of six rubbers in a 10-68 to 5-52 victory against a line-up which was beaten in both finals contests of the Quest Bendigo Central-backed pennant.

The Jack Baker-led Epsom spent many weeks in the middle of the season at top of the ladder but could not halt South’s charge to a tilt at the premiership against Spring Gully Butterflies.

Epsom made a great start as Baker and Jono Guy teamed up for a 6-4 1-6 10-7 win against Hicks and Ryan Leader.

South Bendigo team-mates Grant Leader and Petere Somerville won a hard-fought duel with Ben Bailey and Heather Robbins, 6-4 6-7 10-3.

The singles matches were dominated by South.

Hicks beat Baker, 6-4 6-4; Ryan Leader scored a 6-3 6-2 win against Guy; and Grant Leader defeated Ben Bailey, 6-3 7-6.

A highlight for Epsom was the fighting display of Heather Robbins in a 6-3 5-7 10-7 win against Mick Mulgrew.

In the section one preliminary final on Saturday, Spring Gully Panthers scored a 6-70 to 4-59 win against Bendigo Lawn Stingers at Bendigo Lawn Tennis Club.