South too good for Cobras in round two of BTA premier league

BACKHAND: Strathfieldsaye's Michael Smyth plays a shot during Saturday's round two premier league victory over newcomers BTC Growl Weightlifting. Picture: LUKE WEST

BACKHAND: Strathfieldsaye's Michael Smyth plays a shot during Saturday's round two premier league victory over newcomers BTC Growl Weightlifting. Picture: LUKE WEST

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.