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Revenge on mind of Shepparton Bears' main man

Shepparton Bears' James Curtis-McDonald will be looking to avenge his defeat earlier in the season to Kialla Park's Luke Dixon when the two sides meet again tomorrow.

DAMEN FRANCIS February 21, 2014 4:30am

Shepparton Bears' James Curtis-McDonald is out for revenge against Kialla Park's Luke Dixon tomorrow.

Shepparton Bears have not done much wrong this season, but James Curtis-McDonald has a point to prove against Kialla Park star Luke Dixon tomorrow.

Dixon got the best of the Bears’ main man earlier in the season and, after an interrupted start to the new year, he finally gets a shot at revenge, when their teams meet in round 15 of the Goulburn Murray Lawn Tennis Association premier one season.

‘‘James lost to Luke in the last round we played against them, so he’ll be keen to bounce back,’’ Bears leader Bruce Ferguson said.

‘‘We’re reasonably confident of doing well. Kialla has not had the best season so far, but Luke has been in good form and we’re after a good win to consolidate top spot.’’

Both sides could take some time to find their feet, having barely set foot on the court in recent weeks, due to extreme heat or rain.

The Bears remain the front-runners with three rounds to play, while Kialla Park’s hopes of playing finals are fading fast.

The away side sits almost 15 points outside the top four and can ill-afford any further slip-ups.

Aiding Kialla Park’s quest to beat the top side is the Bears’ rotation policy, which this week has Hope Curtis-McDonald out of the team.

However, in Issy Gribben, Jessica Mason and Kara Farrow, the Bears have plenty of depth and everyone will be keen to hit the court.

‘‘Hope is out this week, but it’s an opportunity for our other girls Jess, Issy and Kara to show what they can do,’’ Ferguson said.

‘‘Everyone is looking forward to playing, having not played much this year. It’s been quite weird and I’m not sure how we’ll go having missed three weeks in a row.

‘‘Our club championships are on at the moment and most of our players have been playing in that. No-one has been playing much, but our team has probably been getting a few more games than Kialla’s, so they will be keen to get out there.’’

In other round 15 matches, Shepparton Bombers take on Tatura and Cobram hosts Echuca-Rich River.

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