Great Southern tennis wrap

ALL CLASS: Back Valley division 1 player Carina Bracker sends down a thunderbolt of a serve on Saturday in her match against Mount Compass.

ALL CLASS: Back Valley division 1 player Carina Bracker sends down a thunderbolt of a serve on Saturday in her match against Mount Compass.

Saturday’s round of tennis had some convincing wins, but Inman Valley’s strong win over John Wesley Green has them putting their hand up for a finals berth.

Inman defeated the Green team by 7 rubbers. John Wesley Green were not at full strength and then lost Emily Pethick to injury. Full credit to Inman who seized the opportunity with strong contributions from Edwina Baird and Stephen Holt.

Mt Compass accounted for Back Valley by 3 rubbers with starring role played by Jon Whellams, who made a successful foray back into Division 1 tennis. Coupled with Rory Bowles first up Division 1 win, it was all the inspiration the home team needed. Back Valley remain without a win so far this season. For the vanquished it was the ladies Tanya Milne and Carina Bracker doing the heavy lifting.

Pt Elliot powered to a 9 rubber drubbing of Macclesfield at Pt Elliot. The visitors had no answer to the might of Elliot who introduced Shane Sterzl to the league. Tennis gypsy Gavin Roberts, who only two  weeks ago filled in for Inman Valley, again showed what a reliable player he is playing some fine tennis for Elliot. 

John Wesley Gold easily accounted for Victor Harbor by 5 sets at Strathalbyn. The home side were never troubled despite some competitive matches and were well served by Scott Beaumont and Brad Geue. Victor Harbor were not disgraced and John Barnes and Jeremy Bell proved to be thorns in the local’s side.

Round 6 matches do not get any easier for some sides who have to back up against top opposition after taking a confidence hit the previous week, while for other teams, it’s a chance for redemption.

John Wesley Green travel to Victor Harbor and will be smarting after last week’s loss. Victor will hope for signs of continued improvement. Victor’s Sally Richards and Neil Smit will be aiming for big performances.  John Wesley Green by 5 rubbers.

John Wesley Gold host Inman Valley with the visitors eager to take another top three  scalp. Inman’s Darren Lush has renewed passion for the game and its showing in his results, while for John Wesley Gold Bree Liebhardt and Kirsty Geue have dominated their opposition. John Wesley Gold will be steady enough on the big points. John Wesley Gold by 3 rubbers.

Pt Elliot travel to Mt Compass in great form and will need to guard against complacency. Will Compass’s Jon Whellams have another Division 1 hit and what’s Pt Elliot’s record for the number of players used by one  team in a season? These are questions asked of this match, but with Mike Howard in form it is Pt Elliot by 5 rubbers.

Macclesfield host Back Valley and both teams will be licking their collective wounds. The Back Valley men’s ears must be very sore from having to listen to their female counterparts reminding them constantly of who is performing in the team. Macclesfield by 3 rubbers.


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