Thrilling finishes in BTA's premier league tennis action 

Thrillers were the story of the day in the Bendigo Tennis Association’s premier league, with two of the three matches decided on games after being tied at six sets apiece.

Spring Gully Bigpond sprung a massive upset by beating BLTC Shish, 66-63.

With Curt and Ward Garwood out, Bigpond had a massive chance to upset the defending champions and it did in a nail-biter.

Al Baker and Nick Thomas stepped up to the one and two slots respectively for Shish and defeated Eliza Long and Jack Baker 9-8.

In the singles, Al Baker  defeated Long 8-5, while Jack Baker had an 8-6 victory over Thomas.

Heather Robbins starred for Bigpond, winning all three  of her sets, while Jayde Davis chipped in with two.

Nick Bath was best for Shish, winning his thre matches, and Rashelle Blencowe won top.

Shish retained top spot on the ladder, increasing its lead to three points after Spring Gully Butterflies was defeated.

Spring Gully Brougham Arms won by the barest of margins over South Bendigo Metro, 67-66.

Jamie Brown and Barry Green gave Brougham Arms the perfect start as they scored an 8-3 win against Andrew and Zac Lethlean.

Green followed it up with an 8-5 win against Zac Lethlean, but Andrew Lethlean gained revenge in an 8-3 result against Brown.

Sam Storer had an epic 8-6 win against Michael Nihill, but Sam McHarg cancelled it out with his 8-3 win against Chris Chiappazzo.

Best for Brougham Arms was Bronwyn Osborne, winning all three of her sets, and  McHarg won his three for the Metro.

BLTC Rising Sun defeated Spring Gully Butterflies by eight sets to four in a confidence-lifting  victory approaching the finals.

The opening doubles were tight, with Matt Hartland and Ben Noonan of the Butterflies combining to defeat Terry Smith and Michael Smyth 8-6.

Rising Sun’s Zoltan Smyth and Fraser McCarthy beat Rob Gallagher and Jayden Baber, 9-7.

Rebecca Tweed and Tova were crucial for Rising Sun, winning their doubles together and then each won  their singles against Danielle Bowles and Lynda Gallagher, respectively.

In section two, South Bendigo Hibernian crushed Spring Gully Stingers, 9-1.

The Stingers now sit two points outside of top four with one round remaining.

● Draw for this Saturday’s premier league matches at the Bendigo Bank tennis complex in Nolan Street at 1pm:

BLTC Rising Sun v Spring Gully Bigpond 1, 5, 6. South Bendigo Metro v Spring Gully Butterflies 2, 7, 8. Spring Gully Brougham Arms v BLTC Shish 9, 10, 11. 

STRETCH: BLTC Rising Sun's Michael Smyth stretches to play a forehand return in his team's victory. Picture: JULIE HOUGH

STRETCH: BLTC Rising Sun's Michael Smyth stretches to play a forehand return in his team's victory. Picture: JULIE HOUGH


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