Close matches, a blowout and a non-finisher were the stories of round 8 tennis; the halfway mark of the season.
Back Valley defeated Victor Harbor by 1 rubber. Super tiebreak wins to Back Valley in the men’s doubles were critical while mutual forfeits effectively made this a 7 rubber shoot out.
Craig Littlely and Neil Smit for their respective sides had tough singles win but it was Back Valley who saluted for their fourth win of the season.
Inman Valley had a scare at home getting past the determined Mt Compass by a single rubber. Darren Lush was the hero for the home side clinching the win in the deciding single.
Annabel Bowles and Jordan Boots had good wins in their singles for the visitors but it was Inman who notched their third win in a row to see them now in third place on the ladder.
John Wesley crushed Port Elliot Red by 7 rubbers at Strathalbyn to take a stranglehold of top spot of the ladder.
While John Wesley feasted it was the red team that produced crumbs to the tune of only 26 games in 13 sets of tennis and 9 of them were thanks to Geoff Prideaux’s lone win in his singles.
Scarily John Wesley’s Paul Roberts decided to blow some cobwebs out down in the number 3 slot and will only get better with more match play.
In the surprise of the day Goolwa White and Macclesfield were denied an ending due to rain scuppering proceedings at Goolwa.
A disappointing ending to a tight contest as all three doubles went to super tiebreaks and when play was stopped it was Goolwa who were one rubber shy of an upset but deserved victory.
For Goolwa Amy Jones and Matthew Nottle were the stars while Macclesfield’s Vicki Nitschke was their best player.
Round 9 matchups see some similar placed teams facing off against each other, providing an opportunity to create space on the ladder or to ‘leap frog’ one another.
Macclesfield host Pt Elliot Red in a must win game for both sides.
Both teams have only won one match in the last four rounds and now they are back in the mid-range bunch aiming for that elusive fourth spot.
Pt Elliot Red’s Callum Le Ray will be determined to show his ability as will Macclesfield’s Sam Crawford but in a tight contest it will be Macclesfield who’ll embrace that forgotten winning feeling.
Mount Compass travel to Victor Harbor to take on the competitive yet hapless Victor side.
With an average losing margin of 1 rubber in the past 2 weeks the sting of close defeats will have the likes of Darryl Pearce and Jane Downes determined to see Victor over the line while Mt Compass’s James McEvoy will be looking to continue his good form.
The stats say there’s little difference between the teams in the doubles but Mt Compass have the edge in the singles and this will prove to be true this Saturday.
John Wesley travel to Back Valley keen to keep on their winning ways and should see off Back Valley’s challenge.
Travis Roach and Sally Roberts are in good form for the top team while Back Valley will look to Jamie Davis for inspiration but it won’t be enough.
John Wesley by the length of the Lower Inman Straight. Pt Elliot Black host Goolwa White in what could be a battle of Nottle v Nottle.
Eli and Matthew’s move to Goolwa has added some strength to the team and now Goolwa is proving to be a challenge that is difficult to overcome.
If players stay in their positions of recent weeks Pt Elliot Black’s Scott will line up against Goolwas Eli in what would be an intriguing match for spectators.
Not to be dismissed is the matchup between Jasper Roberts and Jason Ramsey that will go a long way to deciding this match but it will be Pt Elliot Black that will take the win.
This Saturday’s weather forecast is looking much finer than last weekend’s windy and rainy weather.