Percentage boosting wins were the theme for round two of Division 1 tennis as Port Elliot and John Wesley Gold and Green respectively stamped their authority on the rest of the competition.
John Wesley Gold had a thumping win over Mt Compass leaving the visiting side rubberless at the end of the day.
Mt Compass had no match for John Wesley’s Scott Beaumont and company with Geoff Bowles and Jordan Boots the only pairing to go close to winning a set. A morale boosting win for John Wesley Gold that has their season back on track and very much a reality check for Mt Compass.
John Wesley Green did a similar demolition job on Back Valley, allowing them only one set for the afternoon on their way to a nine rubber win.
Tanya Milne and Emily Livingston in their double were the bright spots for Back Valley, while for the victorious John Wesley Green, Travis Roach lead from the front ensuring a perfect record for the Green team after two rounds.
Port Elliot made light work of Victor Harbor, easily accounting for them by five rubbers. Port Elliot were never challenged despite the efforts of Victor’s Jeremy Bell in his singles and Jakob Arbon and Neil Smit in their doubles having good wins.
Port Elliot’s David Giltinan and Jasper Roberts showed good resilience to bounce back from their doubles loss to notch up strong singles victories that again showed that player depth will be a big factor this season.
Inman Valley made their first trip to Macclesfield only to leave with their tails between their legs with a five rubber loss.
Macclesfield welcomed Jamie Measday after a long absence away from the singles game and he didn’t disappoint contributing a strong singles victory alongside a super tiebreak win with Mark Baker.
Inman’s Darren Lush and Amy Williams found some great touch to avoid Inman’s blushes with good singles wins, but Macclesfield were too strong to notch up their first win of the season.
Moving onto round three and the assignments for some teams does not get any easier while for others it will be a case of keeping up with the Wesley sides and Port Elliot.
Inman Valley head for the coast of Port Elliot still trying to find consistency in both personnel and form.
They’ll welcome the return of Joel Pollich and hopefully Stephen Holt, but they come up against a Port Elliot team that is very confident with a good mix of youth and experience.
Port Elliot’s Georgie Crichton was in good touch last week and will be a challenge for the Inman ladies, a challenge that Inman will find too great to overcome. Port Elliot by 3 rubbers.
Victor Harbor host Macclesfield in what is a must win game for the home team if they’re to vie for a finals spot. Victor’s May Lui and Jenna Fowler could be key players this week if they take their opportunities while for Macclesfield, Geoff Harris and Sam Crawford will bring their good form to seaside. Macclesfield will feel confident of a win and deservedly so. Macclesfield by 5 rubbers.
The challenges keep coming for Back Valley who head to Strath to play John Wesley Gold. The Valleys’ are still finding their range with missing personnel a factor, but Jamie Davis will be better for last week’s hit, while Bruce Thompson will be match hardened after two tough match-ups.
John Wesley Gold have found their groove and with Rhys Paech and Paul Roberts in good touch they should win comfortably. John Wesley Gold by 5 rubbers.
Mt Compass will too have no let up as they welcome John Wesley Green to the Mount.
The home side will keep faith with the youngsters and Dylan Camac and Emma Zimmerman will be aiming to get on the winner’s ledger this week.
However John Wesley Green won’t be coasting, as they recognise the need to keep winning big and with Brendan Roach and Natasha Abbott in good form the Green team will come away with a percentage boosting win. John Wesley Green by 3 rubbers.