Epsom firms for tennis crown

EPSOM’S winning streak on the tennis court rolled on in Friday night’s eighth round in the BTA’s premier league season.

Epsom's Jono Guy

Epsom's Jono Guy

In its first meeting with Spring Gully Butterflies this season, Epsom scored an 11-game victory in the battle between the top two on the Quest Bendigo Central-backed competition ladder.

There were many closely-fought rubbers at Spring Gully.

One of the best was in the doubles where Spring Gully stars Matt Hartland and Jamie Brown teamed up for a 12-11 win against Jack Baker and Jono Guy.

The clash hit off with a 2-9 to 1-12 result for Jack Baker against Hartland.

A league veteran, but still one of the best, Brown defeated Guy, 13-9.

Epsom’s Ben Bailey scored a 12-2 win against Danielle Bowles, and Brad Slingo and Mark Semmens joined forces to beat Bowles and Lachlan Perdon, 12-3.

One of the league’s rising stars, Perdon won a tie-breaker against Semmens.

After the final rally of the big clash, Epsom led 3-8-62 to 3-7-51.

Bendigo Lawn Quest and Strathfieldsaye played out a thriller at the Bendigo Lawn Tennis Club in Barnard Street.

Both line-ups won three rubbers.

Quest’s tally was six sets and 54 games.

Strathfieldsaye racked up a tally of 5-58.

Wins for Quest were achieved by Isaac Watson against Michael Smyth, 12-6; Ryan Brook against Nicholas Bath, 12-7; and Watson-Brad Reeves against Michael and Easton Smyth, 13-9.

In set two of the singles matches, Easton Smyth outpointed Reeves, 12-6.

Tova Penno played well to beat Quest’s Dominic Barton, 12-4.

Bath and Penno teamed up to beat Brook and Barton, 12-7.

South Bendigo was too strong for Bendigo Lawn Rising at the Neale Street courts in Kennington.

Playing at home, South Bendigo won five rubbers.

The run included a 12-4 win by Jordan Hicks against Lachlan Hewitt; Mick Mulgrew defeated Jeremy Abel 12-6; Grant Leader fought on for a 12-10 win against Jacob Grieves; and Peter Somerville won a tie-breaker against Tim McNamara.

Grieves and McNamara teamed up to win a hard-fought duel with Mulgrew and Somerville.

The Premier League aces return to the William Loud tennis complex in Nolan Street for next Friday’s ninth round.