Matches in Round 4 were completed with a few minor long-term tweaks to the competition as implemented after the Great Southern Tennis Association held their meeting.
Division 1 has reverted back to a 9-team competition and the Doubles competition is now an 8-team competition after Goolwa reassessed their playing stocks and withdrew 1 team from each division.
Goolwa White will still represent the club in Division 1 for the remainder of the season.
Round 4 matches were completed where Pt Elliot Red remain the only undefeated team and now sit atop of the ladder after narrowly beating Back Valley by 1 rubber.
Back Valley’s Jamie Davis had a day out, as did Zoe Lippett stepping up into Division 1, but the Pt Elliot Red team did enough, thanks to the contributions of Alex Smyth and Callum Le Ray.
Inman Valley overcame a determined Macclesfield in a high-quality match where Inman’s Finn Penny won the deciding rubber to see the home side win.
Both Macclesfield’s Mark Baker and Jamie Measday were gallant in defeat in their respective singles, but it was Inman who made a statement of intent with this win.
Port Elliot Black dominated Mt Compass defeating the home side by 7 rubbers. Despite losing the second men’s doubles in a tight super tiebreak, it was left to Eliza Macdonald Hall to save Mt Compass’ blushes with a tough singles win.
For the winning team Gavin Roberts and Adam Twelftree had great singles wins that sees their team sitting third on the ladder by 2 points.
Second placed John Wesley had a commanding win over Victor Harbor winning by 7 rubbers.
Victor got off to a great start with Jeremy Bell and Darryl Pearce having a tough super tie-break win, but that was where the glory finished as John Wesley dominated proceedings, including good wins to Rhys Blackwell and Natasha Abbott.
Round 5 matches sees the Port Elliot ‘Roulette Wheel’ challenge with Pt Elliot Red playing Pt Elliot Black.
On paper, the consensus is the Black team is stronger with Obi Weir and now Scott Nottle resuming playing duties, but Red won’t be a pushover with Dorcen Walters and Chris Lewis being consistent contributors.
This match should give a good indication of the Red’s playing level and sadly for them the ball “will land on Black”.
Victor Harbor welcome Macclesfield and after their first loss, Macclesfield will be smarting. but not disheartened by last week’s performance.
Sam Crawford and Jake Baker will improve as a doubles combination as they play more matches together while for the home side it’s maintaining that competitiveness for longer periods of time.
Neil Smit was a welcome addition for Victor Harbor last week and he’ll be better for the hit, but Macclesfield will be too strong, winning comfortably.
Goolwa White travel to Back Valley after their bye week off. Goolwa, hopefully renewed with enthusiasm from that week off and with strong contributions from Amy Jones and Matthew Nottle, must give themselves a chance.
Back Valley are around the mark and depending on personnel will be eying off the win. Ryan Pearsons for sheer competitiveness will break through for a win soon and with the loyal home support in full voice, Back Valley will notch up its second win.
Inman Valley host John Wesley in what will be a tough match for the home side. John Wesley have been steamrolling their opposition despite some close individual battles and with Geoff Hall still combative as ever Inman will have to be on their game.
Paul Roberts hasn’t played yet, underlying John Wesley’s strength.
While for Inman, Darren Lush will be keen to stretch out his ‘tractor’ legs, but alas for the home side, it will be John Wesley who will come up trumps.