Castlemaine back on court in BTA action

LEADERSHIP ROLE: Jono Guy will be the number one player for Bendigo Lawn Cobras this summer.
LEADERSHIP ROLE: Jono Guy will be the number one player for Bendigo Lawn Cobras this summer.

CASTLEMAINE marks a return to Bendigo Tennnis premier league in Saturday’s start to the 2017-18 season at the new-look William Loud complex in Nolan Street.

All matches in premier league and the Quest Bendigo-backed senior pennant start at 1pm.

It’s been five years since Castlemaine was represented in the BTA’s highest level of competition.

The Ben Bailey-led Castlemaine takes on Strathfieldsaye in round one.

A key player for ‘Maine will be Kyneton young gun Brad Reeves.

Strathfieldsaye’s number one player is former state grade representative Aiden Fitzgerald.

South Bendigo’s quest for back-to-back titles begins against Spring Gully Strath Eppalock Butterflies.

The Leader Electrical-backed South Bendigo will be led by Jordan Hicks.

A formidable Butterflies team includes Danielle Bowles and Matt Hartland.

Cobras  and Taipans face-off in an all-Bendigo Lawn showdown.

After a breakout season, Jono Guy will lead Cobras.

The Taipans line-up includes talented youngsters Jeremy Abel and Baxter Symons.

Spring Gully Words and Pictures Photography has the bye.

The Gully team will be led by Simon Baker and Rob Gallagher.

Format in premier league ties is four singles and two doubles rubbers.

Matches are best of two tie-break sets.

A 10 point match tie-break will be played at a set-all.

This season there will be a mix of premier league matches played on Friday night or Saturday afternoon at the William Loud complex or at the Bendigo Lawn Tennis Club in Barnard Street.

Spring Gully, Bendigo Lawn and Axedale are represented in senior pennant.

Panthers and Phoenix meet in the clash of Spring Gully clubmates.

An experienced Panthers line-up is led by Deb Bish and Kevin Sourgen.

Phoenix will be led by Hally Wild.

Reckoners and Infants meet in an all-BLTC match.

Section one veteran Jason Osewald will led a Reckoners line-up that includes 17-year-old Leah Bicknell moving from junior to senior tennis.

Key players for Infants are Xavier Khoo, Tiahna Leader, Tatum Howlett and Carissa Brook.

Axedale marks its return to the competition by taking on Spring Gully Balls of Glory.

A strong Axedale team includes the experienced Cameron Allison and Nicole Vagg.

The Spring Gully team is led by club coach Jim Widdowsen.

A function will be held after Saturday’s play in the new clubhouse and to celebrate the start of a new tennis season.

A key player for ‘Maine will be Kyneton young gun Brad Reeves.