Epsom out to stretch win streak to five

VICTORIOUS in its past four matches, Epsom faces Spring Gully Butterflies in Friday night’s eighth round in the Bendigo Tennis Association’s premier league.

Bendigo Lawn Quest's Stuart Johansen. Picture: DARREN HOWE

Bendigo Lawn Quest's Stuart Johansen. Picture: DARREN HOWE

It’s the first meeting between these line-ups this season as the third round of the Quest Bendigo Central-backed competition was washed out.

Since it started the season with back-to-back defeats, Epsom has fought back brilliantly to now be second on the ladder.

A four-game winning streak by Epsom included last Friday’s 16-game triumph against Bendigo Lawn Quest.

Jono Guy, Brad Slingo and Heather Robbins were Epsom’s best.

They face a daunting task against a Butterflies line-up in which Jamie Brown, Lachlan Perdon, Danielle Bowles and Bronwyn Osborne won all six rubbers against Bendigo Lawn Rising last round.

Butterflies and Epsom face-off from 6.30pm at Spring Gully.

• Another crucial clash will be at Bendigo Lawn Tennis Club where Quest takes on Strathfieldsaye.

Quest and South Bendigo are locked on 24 points apiece in fourth and fifth in the league standings.

Strathfieldsaye scored a three-game win at South Bendigo last week.

A key for Quest will be the play of Isaac Watson and Stuart Johansen.

Strathfieldsaye’s Michael Smyth and Terry Smith are in great form.

Quest and Strathfieldsaye will play on courts five, six, seven and eight from 5pm.

• In the final game Bendigo Lawn Rising takes on South Bendigo at the Neale Street courts in Kennington from 6.30pm.

The win-loss record of South Bendigo’s Grant Leader and Jordan Hicks is at 16-11 and 18-13 sets respectively.