Round six in the Bendigo Tennis Association’s Premier League and section two brings with it a return to normality.
With the Pro Tour moving out of town the focus shifts back to the local stars who will battle it out this afternon at the Bendigo Bank Tennis Centre in Nolan Street.
BLTC Rising Sun will play Spring Gully Butterflies on courts one, five and six in what looks to be the match of the round.
The Sun will be keen to bounce back from last week’s loss to Shish, while the Butterflies want to consolidate second place on the ladder.
The Butterflies’ Matt Hartland will start favourite against Michael Smythe at number one, but the lower-order men from the Rising Sun should take the points.
Rebecca Tweed should be too strong to give Rising Sun the overall edge.
Rising Sun to win 7-5.
The in-form Bendigo Lawn Shish face Spring Gully Bigpond on courts two, seven and eight.
The confidence of Shish will be sky-high after fending off BLTC Rising Sun last week, with the formidable men’s line-up again looking to get the job done.
It will take the very best from Bigpond’s Eliza Long, Jack Baker and Brad Slingo to get a positive result, but they will hope to continue their momentum after their first win last weekend.
In the latest Tennis Australia rankings, Long has moved to a career-high 36 in singles. The young gun is No.1 for Bigpond in the men’s competition.
Shish to win 8-4.
Spring Gully Brougham Arms will take on South Bendigo Metro on courts nine, 10 and 11.
The Brougham Arms will be aiming for a percentage-lifter, while the Metro is desperate to achieve its first win.
The depth and experience of the Brougham Arms should be far too much for the Metro.
Jamie Brown and Zac Lethlean’s singles battle will be a highlight, while Jess Hartland will be tough for Metro to beat.
Brougham Arms to win 9-3.
In section two, the clash between top four teams Spring Gully Racqueteers and Spring Gully Sensation, on courts 25 and 26 will be the match of the day.