Great Southern Tennis 2017 grand finals | PHOTOS, REPORT

The Great Southern Tennis Association season is over and it is one for the record books. Perennial grand finalists Mount Compass ran into a brick wall on grand final day in division 1 and the name of the wall was John Wesley Gold. In only their second season in the Great Southern Tennis Association, John Wesley Gold won their first ever division 1 premiership.

The team consisted of Geoff Hall, Matty Roberts, Paul Roberts, Bree Leibhardt, Sally Roberts, Kristy Geue and Brad Geue. The Gold side worked as a team throughout the season and combined superbly to defeat Mount Compass by five rubbers on grand final day and earn their first Great Southern title.

In other senior divisions, Port Elliot defeated Goolwa in division 2, Goolwa defeated Back Valley to win the division 3 crown and Inman Valley defeated Mount Compass to win the Open Doubles premiership. The division 3 grand final was the tightest grand final of the day with Goolwa getting home by only seven games.

In the junior divisions Mount Compass defeated Back Valley to win the division 1 premiership, Goolwa defeated Myponga/Sellicks to win division 2, Goolwa defeated Normanville Gold  to conquer division 3, Inman Valley were triumphant over Goolwa to claim the division 4 title, Normanville Red defeated Goolwa to win division 5 and Inman Valley won the division 6 premiership.

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Also there are more reports and photos, including the popular Ball Boy column on pages 42, 46 and 47. 

The Great Southern Tennis Association will hold its presentation night and AGM on March 20, at 6.30pm at the Encounter Bay Football Club. The evening is the culmination of another successful season where individual performances are honoured.

The Great Southern Tennis Association 2016-17 season finished in fine style in front of a healthy number of spectators to decide the premiers in the four Open competitions.

John Wesley Gold claimed their first premiership in the Great Southern Tennis Association when they defeated Mt Compass by 5 rubbers. The Gold team were determined to play well on the big stage and when Bree Leibhardt and Sally Roberts got the crucial ladies doubles victory it was the boost of confidence that all their team mates took into singles. 

Brad Geue kept the momentum going and when Matthew Roberts outlasted Compass’s Dylan Camac in an entertaining match, the odds were in John Wesley Gold’s favour. Mt Compass pegged a rubber back when Adam Fonfe defeated Geoff Hall, but when Sally Roberts clinched victory, the premiership was John Wesley Gold’s. Paul Roberts and Bree Leibhardt then put the icing on the cake with strong wins in high standard singles matches that enthralled the crowd. Mt Compass’ Geoff Bowles and Harrison Collins fought to the very end in their respective matches.    

Pt Elliot toppled Goolwa in a very tight match by 2 sets in Division 2. Pt Elliot got out to a strong start winning 3 of the 4 mixed doubles and when they won the first 3 singles the warning signs were there for languishing Goolwa. Slowly making inroads into the deficit, Goolwa had given themselves a faint hope of victory by needing to win all 4 straight gender doubles and these chances increased as they won the first 3 matches comfortably, meaning it came down to the final match. 

A win to Goolwa would seal victory despite being level on sets as they had games in hand while a win for Pt Elliot would give them the magical ninth and winning set for the day and it was Pt Elliot duo of Julianne Lowrey and Amanda Fairman who won the match and thus the premiership. For the winners Callum Le Ray, Alex Smyth, Helen Vercoe and Jakob Arbon had crucial wins.

In the closest match of the day, Goolwa, coming from third on the ladder defeated Back Valley by only 7 games to clinch the Division 3 premiership. Nothing separated the sides all afternoon as they were level on sets with each change of play format, but it was Goolwa who had the crucial 6 game advantage after the mixed doubles and by the end of the singles Back Valley had only cut that advantage by 1.