STUNG by its first defeat of the premier league season, South Bendigo faces Spring Gully Strath Eppalock Butterflies in Saturday’s round of the Bendigo Tennis Association pennant.
The clash between first and fourth hits off at the William Loud tennis complex in Nolan Street at 1pm.
South Bendigo has racked up a win-loss record of 10-1 and holds top spot on 77 points.
Butterflies’ form has fluctuated, but the line-up showed last round it’s still a formidable one.
The Gully has a 6-5 record and 57 points leading into another crucial contest.
• BTC clubmates Cobras and Taipans do battle.
Taipans played brilliantly to win four rubbers in last Friday night’s clash with South Bendigo.
A 7-4 record has Cobras in third place on 60 points.
Another victory would be a huge lift to Taipans tally of 5-6 and 51.
• Strathfieldsaye makes the trek south to play on Castlemaine’s courts.
The second-placed Strathfieldsaye has a 9-2 record and 69 points.
Castlemaine will be desperate to chalk up a third victory and cannot be taken lightly at home.
BTC Growl Weightlifting, 2-8 and 31, takes on Spring Gully Words and Pictures Photography, 2-8 and 41, at BTA headquarters.
• Meanwhile, Quest Bendigo-backed section one pennant is at Bendigo Lawn Tennis Club from 1pm on Saturday.
The ladder-leading Spring Gully Panthers play BTC Infants.
Phoenix meets Net Assets in the all-Spring Gully clash.
BTC Stingers face Axedale.