With the Port Elliot Show completed and Bathurst 1000 run and won, it signals the commencement of the biggest event of the Summer and that being Great Southern Tennis for the season 2018-19.
The off season has seen the bylaws and constitution updated with the aim to make competitive tennis a clear and more cohesive model ensuring players and captains frustrations are focussed on dodgy backhands rather than understanding the ‘order of merit’ bylaw. A move that will hopefully return some enjoyment back to the game.
There will be an Open Division 1, 3 and Doubles competition with Division 2 in recess for the season.
Division 1 will have 10 teams including two teams from reigning champion Port Elliot and Goolwa respectively.
Macclesfield and John Wesley return with the latter club only having one team in Division 1, which will make them very competitive. Inman and Back Valley, Victor Harbor and Mount Compass round out the division in what will a be a challenging competition.
Open Division 3 will have eight teams including Myponga Sellicks, two from Goolwa, Inman and Back Valley, Port Elliot, Victor Harbor and Mount Compass.
The Open Doubles competition will have nine teams consisting of Inman and Back Valley, Goolwa, Victor Harbor, Normanville, two Port Elliot teams, John Wesley and Mt Compass.
In the junior divisions Division 1 will have eight teams with no Division 2 until finals time. Division 3 will have 10 teams, Division 4 - nine teams, Division 5 - eight teams and Division 6 will have four teams all battling for premiership glory.
Hindmarsh Valley Tennis Club will take a break this season with the hope of returning energised and bigger next season.
Open Division 1 will continue to have two Friday night matches in January to avoid the heat and free up courts on Saturdays, while court renovation and availability will have some teams travelling to new venues, including the Middleton courts, which will make a return to competitive tennis by the Goolwa’s open doubles team.
It all hits off this Saturday with the highlight being the Open Division 1 matches where Inman Valley host Victor at Inman, Port Elliot Black welcome Macclesfield, John Wesley play Mt Compass at John Wesley, Back Valley host Goolwa Black and Goolwa White welcome Pt Elliot Red to Goolwa. Some teams will hit the court with form while others will find form on the court.