Shepparton News

All’s fair in love and war:

MIFKAS SWEEP THEIR SETS TO SPEARHEAD UPSET OF BULLS FOR SIDE’S FIRST VICTORY OF SEASON

- By Tyler Maher

McEwen Reserve Opal’s Sam Excell and Heather Thomson shake hands with Central Park’s Janelle Pottenger and Meg Minogue. The Parkers duo won this set, but Opal claimed the overall Shepparton District Tennis Associatio­n pennant win.

The Shepparton Lakers are on the board in the Goulburn Murray Lawn Tennis Associatio­n’s top tier.

After struggling to get over the line in the first few rounds of the GM1 season, the Lakers lifted magnificen­tly to defeat the Shepparton Bulls on Saturday.

Robbie and Ellie Mifka went undefeated across each of their three rubbers, carving out a path for their side’s eventual 7-62 to 1-33 victory.

Luke Dixon and Olivia Quigley were also in great form for the Lakers, while Jarrod Bingham and Isobel Gribben handed the Bulls their only set win.

It was a much tighter affair at Rich River when the Rebels hosted Numurkah.

Both outfits managed to snare four sets during the clash, leaving the contest to be decided by games.

Although the Warriors reached at least three games in each of their rubbers, the efforts of Rebels Deagan Tomkins (7-8) and Josh Bavich (6-8) in their men’s singles defeats proved decisive as the home side won 4-50 to 4-46.

Mark Mills and Harley McCarthy were involved in two set wins for the Warriors, while Isabella Crossman remained undefeated throughout the match for the Rebels.

The Hornets stung the Vipers in the other round six Shepparton derby, taking out the clash 7-60 to 1-27.

James Curtis-McDonald and Fergus Kearney won all of their rubbers for the Hornets, while Vipers Giselle Andrew and Anna Reynolds proved themselves to be a venomous combinatio­n in their team’s only set win.

● The Numurkah Raiders sent a warning shot across the bow of the GM2 Mixed competitio­n.

The Raiders smashed previous ladder-leaders Shepparton Lions 11-80 to 0-28 to take over the mantle of the team to beat this season.

The likes of Matt Cason, Jai Harrington and Belinda Downs were dominant for the Raiders as they completed the clean sweep.

Nathalia stormed home to win a thrilling contest against Yarrawonga Blue after losing three of the four singles rubbers.

The combinatio­ns of Alex Bakogianis and Jack Wilson, Kristy Dyke and Rose Nihill and Jodie Daniel and Nihill helped turn the tide, with Nathalia taking the win 5-63 to 6-58.

Other winners for the round were the Shepparton Giants and Tatura Beetles.

● Echuca, Kialla Park and Dhurringil­e all claimed victory in GM2 Open, Kyabram Redbacks, Kyabram Bombers and Nathalia had great days in GM3 Open, Tatura Mosquitoes, Cobram Cobras, Nathalia and Cobram Crocs had the better of the round in GM3 East and LBU, Rochester and Stanhope tasted success in GM3 West.

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