Great Southern tennis finals time has arrived

Great Southern tennis finals begin this weekend with semi finals where the winner of the first semi advances to the grand final while the loser goes to next week’s preliminary against the winner of this weekend’s knockout second semi final.

DIVISION 1 – Pt Elliot take on John Wesley Gold in the first semi, having had the wood on the Gold team in recent matches and they will feel confident they can win again.

Gold’s women of Geue and Leibhardt can have an impact for their team while Pt Elliot’s top end talent of Tozer and Sterzl, if playing, are near unstoppable. Pt Elliot by one rubber in a close one.

John Wesley Green meet Inman Valley in the second semi final with both teams having injury concerns. Inman Pollich and Green’s Hall are both questionable starters and it may well be a case of which team’s players can stand up in the crucial moments.

Their last meeting had two tiebreaker wins to the Green team indicating the closeness of the teams. Being at Green’s home courts could be the edge they need to get over the line. John Wesley Green by 1 rubber.

DIVISION 2  – Semi finals match ups are carbon copies of last week’s final minor round matches with Inman Valley and Pt Elliot squaring off in the first semi final and Victor Harbor and Myponga in the second semi.

Pt Elliot were too strong for Inman last week and if the usual suspects of Varcoe and Weir play well Inman will be in strife. Inman will look for inspiration from McCombe and Dyer leading from the front but it’s a gap too big and Pt Elliot will win comfortably by eight sets.

Victor Harbor and Myponga’s season match up form guide fluctuates. Victor has scored three wins ranging from games to sets, while Myponga has had two wins so to pick a winner may come down to personnel availability.

Veron has been in great form for Myponga while Victor’s Walsh will has been a strong contributor. Recent form is good form for Victor and they’ll win. Victor by two sets.

DIVISION 3 - Pt Elliot face off against Inman Valley in the first semi while Goolwa White and Back Valley go at it in the knockout semi-final. Pt Elliot have been the best team all season and with Sherrah and D. Lowrey in great form they’ll be tough to beat.

For Inman Valley, Walter and Porter will need to carry their strong season form into the finals. Pt Elliot towelled them up last week and sadly for Inman this may well occur again this week. Pt Elliot by four sets.

Goolwa White missed out on Inman’s second spot by half a point and they will feel confident to do the business against Back Valley.  Goolwa’s Clapp and Jones have had fine seasons while for Back Valley Glazbrook and Kruger have been consistent performers.

Back Valley lost last week and Goolwa had a crushing win and with Goolwa having a superior head to head form line they will win this close encounter by two sets.

DOUBLES – The doubles competition welcomes John Wesley to finals where they will challenge top placed Mt Compass Maroon while Back Valley and Pt Elliot duel in the elimination.

Compass Maroon and John Wesley faced off last week with Compass getting the win and with Irvine and S. Maloney in good form they’ll be hard to beat again. John Wesley will hope that Cottle, Brooks and co will go another gear but Compass looks too strong and will win. Mt Compass Maroon by two sets.

Back Valley’s recent form has been impressive and they’ll feel confident going up against Pt Elliot despite their last encounter where Pt Elliot won.

Spehr and Mitchell have had fine seasons for Back Valley. Pt Elliot have spluttered into the finals with a draw against fifth-placed Compass Gold last week but with the likes of Vincent and Walters in good form they will hope to turn things around. Back Valley’s consistency can’t be denied and they will win this tight affair on games. 

Strong: Jenna Fowler, of Victor Harbor, plays a shot at the Victor Harbor courts on the weekend.

Strong: Jenna Fowler, of Victor Harbor, plays a shot at the Victor Harbor courts on the weekend.

Swoop: Shane Sterzl, of Port Elliot, gets down low to return the ball at Victor Harbor on Saturday.

Swoop: Shane Sterzl, of Port Elliot, gets down low to return the ball at Victor Harbor on Saturday.

On shot: Sally Richards, of Victor Harbor, gets up high with a shot during her game on the weekend.

On shot: Sally Richards, of Victor Harbor, gets up high with a shot during her game on the weekend.

Concentration: Victor Harbor's Darryl Pearce, gets a forehand swing on the ball during his game at Victor Harbor.

Concentration: Victor Harbor's Darryl Pearce, gets a forehand swing on the ball during his game at Victor Harbor.

Don Jenkins, of Myponga-Sellicks, at Victor Harbor

Don Jenkins, of Myponga-Sellicks, at Victor Harbor

Eyes on: Kate Alder, of Myponga-Sellicks, keeps her eyes on the ball during a match at Victor Harbor.

Eyes on: Kate Alder, of Myponga-Sellicks, keeps her eyes on the ball during a match at Victor Harbor.