Great Southern Tennis resumes this weekend after the Christmas and New Year break and with the world’s tennis elite in the country ready to challenge for the Australian Open and thus prominent on our TV sets, it can mean only one thing: TV tennis inspired play on our local courts.
It’s that moment in the season where the images on the television reinforce our passion for the game and perhaps slight delusions of grandeur in our own skill level and have us all talking up the game we enjoy playing, which can only be a good thing.
Open Division 1 matches commence their Friday night matches for the month of January. John Wesley Gold travel to play Inman Valley in the match of the round. Inman Valley are in good form having dislodged the other John Wesley team from third spot and will be confident to knock off the second placed Gold team.
Inman’s Gemma Shanahan may well stay at the number one spot as her form improves, while Gold’s Rhys Paech will be keen to find some good touch leading into the finals. John Wesley Gold by 1 rubber.
Back Valley welcome Macclesfield in what looms as a tricky encounter for the visitors. Back Valley, sitting bottom will be hoping to finish off the season strongly with a consistent team line up while Macclesfield will still believe they’re a sneaky chance for a finals spot.
Their last matchup saw Macclesfield easily defeat a depleted Back Valley, but this match could come down to the contributions of Macclesfield’s Jamie Measday and Mark Baker and Back Valley’s Bruce Thompson and Jamie Davis to determine the winner. Macclesfield by 3 rubbers.
Victor Harbor travel to Strathalbyn to challenge John Wesley Green where the respective team goals couldn’t be more contrasting. Victor, minus Daryl Pearce, will be playing for respect and pride in the hope of avoiding the wooden spoon while John Wesley Green will be looking to boost their percentage to bolster their finals hopes.
Questions remain on the fitness of Green’s Geoff Hall, injured in the last round of tennis before Christmas, however it will be John Wesley Green by 7 rubbers.
Port Elliot host the rejuvenated Mount Compass in what will be an entertaining match. Elliot have been strong and consistent throughout the season. Port Elliot’s Scott Nottle and Joanne Goodfellow will look to impose themselves on the contest, while for Mt Compass, Rory Bowles and Jordan Boots will be keen for the challenge. Port Elliot by 3 rubbers.