Big wins and big upsets were the order for Round 14 of Great Southern Tennis.
Macclesfield got the percentage win over Victor Harbor winning by 7 rubbers.
The home side were never challenged and if not for Victor’s Rick Walsh singles victory a clean sweep was in the offing.
All of Macclesfield’s players got amongst it, but Geoff Harris and Sam Crawford’s doubles win was a highlight.
Port Elliot easily accounted for Inman Valley at Normanville by 7 rubbers.
Inman’s Stephen Holt and Port Elliot’s Shannon Ross Cox had a great hit in their match, while Amy Williams saved Inman’s blushes with a good win.
Port Elliot’s Sam Tozer was clinical in his singles victory.
John Wesley Gold crushed Back Valley at Back Valley by 7 rubbers to keep pace with Port Elliot.
Gold’s Scott Beaumont and Back Valley’s Bruce Thompson had an absorbing match, while Back Valley’s Craig Littlely was his team’s saviour with a very good singles win.
The upset of the day saw sixth placed Mount Compass defeat third placed John Wesley Green by 3 rubbers at Strathalbyn.
In a close tussle where very little separated the teams it was the ladies of Mount Compass Eliza MacDonald-Hall and Emma Zimmerman who pulled off some tough wins to see the visitors home in a surprise result.
For the Green team Malcolm Maytom and Geoff Hall were the mainstays.
So with two minor rounds to play Pott Elliot sit atop of the ladder 10 points ahead of John Wesley Gold who are 13 points ahead of John Wesley Green who are 7 points off fourth placed Inman Valley.
Macclesfield have a mathematical chance of making the final four sitting 22 points adrift, but it will need a major miracle for it to occur.
Mt Compass sit 5 points back in sixth spot, but well clear of Victor Harbor who are on 36 points, just 2 points ahead of cellar squatters Back Valley.
Round 15 commences with Mount Compass welcoming Back Valley to the Mount. Compass will be out with renewed enthusiasm and with Jordan Boots and Rory Bowles in good form they’ll feel confident of a win.
Back Valley have found their competitive mojo in recent weeks despite the scoreboard and if Jamie Davis and Ryan Pearsons find their range it will be a great match.
This will be a close one but Mt Compass will get the points just. Compass by 3 rubbers.
Macclesfield head to Port Elliot in what looms as a “miracle part 1” where they’ll have to win the day very easily and hope Inman get thrashed for any finals chance.
Macclesfield welcomed back Vicki Nitschke, who found form immediately while Port Elliot will look to settle their team built on Gavin Roberts’ strong form.
Port Elliot need to keep winning and will do so again.
Port Elliot by 3 rubbers.
Victor Harbor head to Strathalbyn to tackle John Wesley Gold and both teams have a goal in mind: Gold to gain maximum points to gain top spot and Victor will be aiming to avoid the wooden spoon.
Gold’s Paul Roberts will be again tough to beat along with Sally Roberts, while Victor will be looking for Clive Swan to show his doubles class, but it wont be enough for the seasiders.
John Wesley Gold by 7 rubbers.
The match of the round has John Wesley Green heading to Normanville to tackle Inman Valley. Inman are spluttering their way to the finals and will need to pull out all the stops to avoid another heavy defeat.
Derek Tiller will be looking to improve markedly for Inman to have any chance, while the Green team will be hungry after being stung by Compass last week.
Laura Della Piana for the Green team will be an injury concern, but Inman have their own injury concerns and that will see John Wesley Green win.
John Wesley Green by 1 rubber.
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