Round 11 of Great Southern Tennis commenced on a balmy Friday night that saw Goolwa and Macclesfield cause upset wins against their higher ranked opponent.
Goolwa defeated Inman Valley by 3 rubbers largely thanks to winning all 3 doubles in some very close and high standard tennis.
Amy Jones and Eli Nottle were excellent contributors for Goolwa, while for Inman Valley, Stephen Holt and Gemma Shanahan were their best players.
This loss is certainly a dent in Inman’s finals chances while giving Goolwa a boost to finish the season off strongly.
Macclesfield confirmed their finals credentials defeating John Wesley by 3 rubbers. Led by the highly rated reserve player Hamish Crawford and fellow youngsters Jake and Caitlin Baker, Macclesfield met all of John Wesley’s challenges to see them sit third on the ladder.
Mt Compass had a strong 5 rubber win over Pt Elliot Red. Mt Compass clean swept the doubles, including a tough super tiebreak win in the bottom men’s doubles and then went for the jugular in the singles.
For the victors, Emma Zimmermann and William Viney played well, while for Pt Elliot Red, David Giltinan and Alex Smyth were their best players.
Pt Elliot Black accounted for Back Valley comfortably by 5 rubbers at Pt Elliot to now go to top spot after John Wesley’s loss. Pt Elliot Black proved too strong despite the efforts of Back Valley’s Kerryn Pearsons and were well served by Kathryn Witcombe and Gavin Roberts in their commanding win.
Round 12 hits off Friday night with Goolwa White hosting John Wesley in what will be a challenge relished by Goolwa after their strong performance last week. The potential match up of Paul Roberts v Eli Nottle will be an enthralling battle worth seeing, but it will be John Wesley’s even contribution that will see them win.
Back Valley host Mt Compass. Both teams sit outside the top four, but have been competitive throughout the season. If Back Valley’s Bruce Thompson’s radar is on he’ll be hard to beat, while Mt Compass’s Paul Dugmore will be looking to atone for last week in what will be a close match that will see Mt Compass get the points.
Victor Harbor, having been in extended holiday mode having the bye, welcome Pt Elliot Red to Victor. They’ll look to Darryl Pearce to lead the way with his consistency. Pt Elliot Red will see this match as their chance to return to the winners’ circle, which was when these two teams last met. Their captain, Alex Smyth will inspire her teammates and this will see Pt Elliot secure the much-needed win.
Inman Valley travel to Pt Elliot to take on the Pt Elliot Black in a crucial match for the visitors. After being ‘ambushed’ last week by Goolwa, Inman will need to find the form that saw them defeat the Black team last time they met.
Joel Pollich is in great form for Inman, while Amy Williams will be better for last week’s hit out. The home side led by Scott Nottle have top spot of the ladder and they’ll be aiming to stay there for the rest of the season and they’ll start that campaign with a win this Friday.