It looks set to be an intriguing round of Central Wimmera Tennis Association pennant this weekend, with some evenly placed teams doing battle.
Second placed Horsham Lawn are just one match ahead of Haven, Drung South and Kalkee in a tight competition.
All four of those evenly placed teams are facing off this weekend, with Horsham Lawn taking on Drung South and Kalkee up against Haven.
Haven secured a miraculous two-set win against St Michael’s last weekend, handing the ladder-leaders their first loss of the season.
Team captain Kirby Knight said they were hoping to carry their good form into this weekend’s match against Kalkee.
“We’ve had a couple of really close wins which has been good for the side. It’s built some confidence and everyone is having fun and enjoying our tennis,” Knight said. “We’re hoping to keep that momentum going this week.”
Knight was hopeful Haven’s young side would be less effected by Saturday’s sweltering forecast.
“We’re pretty lucky with a young side that the heat doesn’t phase us as much,” she said. “We’re probably going to be missing some of our key men this week but should have most of our regulars in the women’s, so hopefully we put in a good performance.”
Knight said she has enjoyed the balanced competition this season.
“It’s really good when it’s an even competition,” she said. “It makes it a bit more interesting.”
“After the Christmas break everyone should be back with our best teams and it should be a close race toward the end of the season.”
HORSHAM LAWN facing off against Drung South should be another close battle. The two sides finished even on sets last time they faced in round four, with Drung South getting the win on games.
With harvest season in full swing, it is difficult to know whether the teams will be at full strength. But regardless, it should still be a close contest.
TELANGATUK EAST captain Peter Rogers said he was hopeful of getting a reasonable team together to take on St Michael’s after having to forfeit last weekend.
It will be a tough ask for the bottom side against the ladder leaders.
“We had trouble last week with harvest and a few people injured – we’re pretty sure we’ll get something together this week,” he said.
“Maddy and Georgia Jones will hopefully be coming back from school for the weekend which will help.
“It’s going to be a really tough hit out against St Michael’s but hopefully we’ll put up a good fight.”