Round 1 of the Great Southern Tennis Association hits off this weekend.
Mt Compass host Victor Harbor in what could be a tight affair. Mt Compass has lost Jodhi White, Harrison Collins, Adam Fonfe and Tania Bowles and they are big names to replace, but opportunities arise for young stars Eliza MacDonald Hall and ‘son of a gun’ Rory Bowles, son of Geoff to fill the breach.
Victor have worked hard in promoting their club and Callum LeRay returns to bolster their men’s stocks while Neil Smit is a first-up starter. Mt Compass 3 rubbers.
John Wesley Green welcome Macclesfield for a challenging match for the visitors. John Wesley Green, who made finals last season have maintained their nucleus of that team, whilst including Geoff Hall from the John Wesley Gold team to make them a very tough proposition.
Macclesfield welcome James Measday and indications suggest he will be a challenging opponent for all teams. John Wesley Green will look to improve on last season’s result. John Wesley Green by 5 rubbers.
The respective valley teams, Inman and Back Valley play off against each other, but the venue will be scenic Normanville Tennis Club.
Recognising the potential for long afternoons at Inman if two matches were scheduled there, the Inman Division 1 side have laid their hat at Normanville for the season to ease the time burden for both home and visiting players.
Inman, having the season away from Division 1 last season return with the usual suspects including Stephen ‘Shaggy’ Holt while welcoming Joel Pollich for his first hit. Back Valley will be combative as ever, but the loss of Marcus Lippett could be of some concern if they are going to turn close losses into wins. With Google maps at the ready for both teams it will be Inman Valley who will christen the Normanville courts with a win in a close match. Inman Valley by 1 rubber.
In the match of the round, last year’s premiers John Wesley Gold travel to Port Elliot in what will be an enthralling game to view.
John Wesley Gold will be without Matthew Roberts and Geoff Hall, but still maintain the rest of the premiership squad, while Pt Elliot have recruited very well, bringing in Sam Tozer, Shannon Cox and Jo Goodfellow.
It will be a case of who is best prepared for the opening match that may get the winning edge. Port Elliot will want to make a great first impression, but John Wesley Gold will do just enough when it matters most to win in a tight match. John Wesley Gold by 1 rubber.
Good luck to all the clubs in season 2017-18 and get along to see some great tennis.