Tatura has accounted for an undermanned Shepparton Bombers with ease in their Goulburn Murray Lawn Tennis Association's Premier One contest.OLIVER CAFFREY January 14, 2014 4:10am
Tatura took full advantage of an understrength Shepparton Bombers on Saturday to win by 31 games and push into the Premier One top-four.
The Bombers were missing four regular players from their Goulburn Murray Lawn Tennis Association line-up, including Nick Gattuso and Tim James, with Jarrod Bingham the only usual male to take to the court.
Tatura’s David Starling thrashed Troy Snow 8-0 to set-up the day, with the home side winning eight sets to the Bombers’ three.
Starling said although the Bombers were undermanned, his side still knew it would be in for a fight.
‘‘In the scheme of things it was a crucial win, we were fortunate to have had a full team in, so it panned out pretty well for us,’’ Starling said.
‘‘It was probably the second time myself and Tim Lanyon have played together, so it was good for him to get another game under his belt.’’
Lanyon narrowly went down to Bingham in the other singles clash, while Starling combined with Andrew Clement to edge out Bingham and Ian Grose in the men’s doubles encounter.
But it was on the women’s side where most of the damage was done.
Tatura only lost one set in the women’s matches, with Alyssa Cole saving face for the Bombers, defeating Fin Smith 8-2.
Starling said the doubles combinations were starting to come together and was hopeful that would bring about a more productive second half of the season.
‘‘At the start of the season, we looked to try and get some combinations playing together regularly; once Fin and Connor (Gledhill) settle down, hopefully we’ll start getting more wins on the board after Christmas,’’ he said.
Bingham said his spare parts team had to look outside the Shepparton Lawn club to previous members to fill spots.
‘‘It was a tough week, we had a couple of people away on holidays and Tatura had a strong team in, so that makes it even harder,’’ Bingham said.
‘‘It’s hard to get a read of where we are at after that performance, but it shows that if they (Tatura) can keep a full side in week in, week out, they are going to be a very hard team to beat in finals.’’
The Bombers still have a 19.5 point advantage over their opposition to sit third on the ladder, despite their loss to Tatura.
In other games, Shepparton Bears took care of an equally undermanned Kialla Park, winning by 32 games, while top-placed Echuca-Rich River accounted for Cobram by 30 games.
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