Butterflies qualify for Premier League tennis finals

BTC Taipans' Ryan Michell. Picture: DARREN HOWE
BTC Taipans' Ryan Michell. Picture: DARREN HOWE

SPRING Gully Strath Eppalock Butterflies jumped back into the premier league top four after Saturday’s play in the Bendigo Tennis Association season.

The Butterflies knocked BTC Taipans out of the premiership race in a must-win clash for both teams at the William Loud complex in Nolan Street.

Butterflies won four of six rubbers in a 9-63 to 4-44 victory in the 18th round and beat Taipans by half a point in the race to the play-offs.

Matt Hartland, Jamie Brown and Jacob Grieves won in straight sets against Ryan Michell, Cameron Lilburn and Dom Barton.

A highlight for Taipans was the 6-1 4-6 10-7 victory by Ryan Brook against Simon Kelly.

The doubles contests were split.

A superb finish to the home and away series by Spring Gully Words and Pictures Photography rolled on.

Words and Pictures won five rubbers on the way to a 10-53 to 4-40 result against the second-placed Strathfieldsaye.

The sole rubber for Strathfieldsaye was 6-0 6-0 win  by Aidan Fitzgerald against Mick Noonan.

Words and Pictures was on song as Jayden Baber beat Michael Smyth, Robert Gallagher outpointed Tova Penno, and Steve Hardingham defeated Casey Fleming.

Cobras beat Growl Weightlifting in the battle of the BTC clubmates.

Led by Jono Guy and Jack Baker, Cobras won 5-11-64 to 1-4-47.

Guy won a tie-breaker against Storer, while Baker and Rashelle Blencowe won in straight sets.

A highlight for Weightlifting was a 3-6 6-4 10-7 win by Clark Forbes against Frank Ryan.

The ladder-leading South Bendigo lost just one rubber in an 11-68 to 3-34 victory against Castlemaine.

Castlemaine’s Nathan Mitchell played well to beat Grant Leader, 6-3 1-6 10-4.

Premier League semi-finals are this Friday at BTA headquarters from 7pm.

Semi-finals in the Quest Bendigo-backed division one pennant were played on Saturday at the William Loud complex.

Axedale won 7-66 to 3-45 against Spring Gully Net Assets.

BTC Infants scored a 6-68 to 4-50 victory against BTC Stingers.

Division one preliminary finals are on March 17.