SOUTH Bendigo tamed BTC Cobras in the Bendigo Tennis Association’s premier league match of the day on Saturday at the William Loud tennis complex in Nolan Street.
The Jordan Hicks-led South Bendigo won four of six rubbers in the round two clash.
Other winners in premier league were Strathfieldsaye, Spring Gully Strath Eppalock Butterflies and BTC Taipans.
A great start to the season by Hicks rolled on in a 6-2 6-1 win against Jono Guy.
Connor Gledhill achieved a 6-0 victory in the first set against Frank Ryan, but the Cobras ace struck back for a 6-4 win in the second and a 10-6 win in the tiebreaker.
Michael Mulgrew added to his winning streak in a 6-1 6-1 result against Kealy Osewald.
Cobras kept in touch as Rashelle Blencowe beat Brett Mulgrew, 6-3 7-5.
South Bendigo dominated the doubles.
Hicks and Gledhill beat Guy and Ryan, 6-0 6-2.
The Mulgrews were too strong for Osewald and Blencowe in a 6-2 6-3 victory.
• BLTC Taipans won on the synthetic grass courts at Castlemaine by a set.
A superb contest ended with both teams locked on three rubbers as Taipans led the sets tally, 8-7, but Castlemaine was in front on games, 77-74.
In the number one singles, Ryan Michell beat Brad Reeves, 3-6 6-4 10-6.
BTC’s Cameron Lilburn outplayed Ben Bailey, 6-1 6-1.
Castlemaine won the third rubber as Nathan Mitchell defeated Ryan Brook, 6-1 6-1.
Taipans went further ahead when Dom Barton scored a 6-2 6-4 win against David Carre.
The ‘Maine showed its strength in the doubles.
Bailey and Reeves defeated Michell and Lilburn, 6-1 5-7 10-7.
Carre and Mitchell won the opening set, 6-3, but Brook and Barton achieved the same scoreline in the next to force a tiebreaker, which went 10-7 in favour of Castlemaine.
• Strathfieldsaye did not throw out the welcome mat as BTC Growl Weightlifting made its premier league debut.
The Michael Smyth-led Strathfieldsaye won four rubbers in a 10-69 to 4-43 victory.
Weightlifting is captained by Sam Storer.
Highs for Weightliting were the 6-3 1-6 10-8 win by Baxter Symons in the number one singles clash with Smyth.
A great day for Symons included teaming with Jeremy Abel in a 6-4 2-6 10-8 win against Smyth and Nick Bath.
Strathfieldsaye achieved straight-sets wins in the singles as Bath, Casey Fleming and Tova Penno outplayed Abel, Storer and Alex Neave.
• It was no photo-finish as Butterflies beat Spring Gully Words And Pictures Photography by 21 games.
The sole rubber won by the Gully was a 6-1 6-4 victory by Michael “Tiger” Nihill against Bronwyn Osborne.
Jamie Brown, Simon Kelly and Danielle Bowles all had straight-set wins against Robert Gallagher, Jarrod Epps and Steve Hardingham as Butterflies went on to win 10-73 to 3-52.