One Division 1 match didn’t get a result due to rain, but the other remaining three matches managed to persist to decide a winner.
Port Elliot easily accounted for Victor Harbor winning by 5 rubbers. Pt Elliot were never troubled despite some quality play from Victor’s Kate O’Callaghan and Clive Swan. Kerry Lange was a dominant winner in her singles.
Inman Valley got a scare from a pugnacious Macclesfield winning by 1 rubber at Normanville.
Macclesfield, missing some regular players, employed the youth policy who took them to precipice of victory on the back of Caitlin Baker and Vicki Nitschke, only to see Inman’s Stephen Holt and Ian McCombe steady the ship for Inman.
John Wesley Green had a commanding win over Back Valley winning by 7 rubbers. Fill ins Loghan Ingram and Danny Reynolds starred for John Wesley Green, while for Back Valley, the rain denied Bruce Thompson in what surely would have been a good win.
The match at Mt Compass where they were hosting John Wesley Gold got washed out leaving the teams to split the points.
Round 9 a classic line up of top four aspirants doing battle, danger games and first win opportunities in what could be an enthralling Saturday afternoon of tennis.
Top of the ladder Pt Elliot welcome second placed John Wesley Green to battle out for supremacy and with both teams coming off good wins, this will be a cracking game. Their previous meeting saw the Green team win by a single rubber and this match will be no exception, but I feel it will come down to the ladies. If Green’s Natasha Abbott and Emily Pethick get the job done over Kerry Lange and Joanne Goodfellow they’ll take this match. John Wesley Green by 1 rubber.
John Wesley Gold host Macclesfield in what could be a danger game for the home side. Macclesfield should have some regulars return this week to support Geoff Harris and Mark Baker. John Wesley Gold by 5 rubbers.
Inman Valley travel to Mt Compass to continue their winning ways, aiming for a strong effort to consolidate fourth spot on the ladder. Mt Compass’ top man, Felix Otten, will be keen to make amends against the wily Darren Lush while Eliza MacDonald Hall will be a challenge for the Inman ladies. To be the real deal Inman must win these games. Inman Valley by 1 rubber.
The final match is between bottom placed and winless Back Valley and second bottom Victor Harbor. This is Back Valley’s chance to score a first up victory, while Victor will realise they could almost consign Back Valley to the wooden spoon for the season with a win.
I think it will be Back Valley by 1 rubber.