Blustery, but dry conditions greeted players for round 4 of Great Southern tennis action resulting in some tight matches and some close team results. It was about time some close games came forth.
Inman Valley proved to be too strong for Mt Compass winning by 5 rubbers at Normanville.
Not even a little help from a passing energy drink promotion vehicle could reinvigorate the visiting side as the home team led by Darren Lush asserted their authority. Eliza Macdonald Hall was Mt Compass’ shining light with a strong singles win.
Victor Harbor notched up their first win of the season defeating Back Valley by a single rubber. The win was built on hard fought wins in the men’s doubles where they secured the victories in super tiebreaks.
John Barnes and May Liu were their stars for the winners, while for Back Valley, Emily Livingston had a standout afternoon.
John Wesley Gold flexed their collective muscle in defeating Macclesfield by 7 rubbers.
Macclesfield never really tested the Gold team and their blushes were saved by Mark Baker who outlasted Brad Geue in a tiebreak single, while Gold’s Paul Roberts had a day out in his crushing singles win.
John Wesley Green went to the top of the ladder with a 1 rubber win over Port Elliot. Port Elliot, whilst not at full strength, put in a magnificent effort to run Green close.
Port Elliot were well served by Steven Reichelt and Kerry Lange and Joanne Goodfellow in a ripping doubles win.
For the winners Natasha Abbott and Benjamin Reynolds had crucial wins to see the home side have their noses in front when it mattered.
Round 5 again sees some potential finalists pit their wares against the top sides and irrespective of the results, the points accrued from these games may prove vital come the end of the season.
Port Elliot host Macclesfield and whilst both coming off losses, Port Elliot would feel more buoyed by last week’s effort compared to Macclesfield.
Macclesfield will regroup and will look for lion heart efforts from Vicki Nitschke and Sam Crawford, while for Port Elliot, it’s a question of who will step up for the crucial matches.
Port Elliot are doing enough to be at the very least competitive and they will get their desired result. Port Elliot by 3 rubbers.
John Wesley Gold host Victor Harbor at Strathalbyn and the visitors will need to step up their game to another level to go toe to toe with the Gold team.
Victor’s Darryl Pearce will take up the challenge with some clever tactics while for John Wesley Gold, Scott Beaumont will prove to be a challenge for the visiting side.
While Victor may be feeling good after their first up win, I fear it will be very short lived. John Wesley Gold by 7 rubbers.
Mt Compass welcome Back Valley to the Mount with the visitors feeling very determined to get a win on the board and they will be certainly eyeing off their Compass counterparts to achieve this.
Back Valley’s Ryan Pearsons has enjoyed the challenge of division 1 tennis and will be keen to follow up from last week’s singles victory.
Mt Compass’ Felix Otten has been striking the ball well and if he plays at his optimum he may well lead the home side to victory.
A toss of the coin choice, but if Mt Compass bring their best they’ll win. Mt Compass by 1 rubber.
The final game sees John Wesley Green travel to the coast to play Inman Valley. The Green team will be aiming to remain on top of the ladder ably lead by Travis Roach and Geoff Hall, but they will be challenged by the home side.
Amy Williams has found her best tricky form and will be a challenge for her opponent, while Joel Pollich is starting to find some rhythm, but it might not be enough for an upset win that Inman craves.
John Wesley Green by 3 rubbers.