Pt Elliot Black’s thrilling win over John Wesley in the top of the table clash proved to be the highlight of Round 14. John Wesley made the stronger start winning 2 out of the 3 doubles but couldn’t capitalise and with crucial wins to Jasper Roberts, Adam Twelftree and Julianne Lowrey it was Pt Elliot Black who secured the 1 rubber win and the all important top spot. For John Wesley, Ben Reynolds was their strongest performer. Inman Valley all but secured a finals spot with a 5 rubber victory over a determined Back Valley. Four matches went to tiebreaks including all three doubles with Inman winning the majority of these matches. Inman’s Amy Williams returned to form with a fine singles win while Back Valley’s Bryan Littlely earned a hard fought victory. Macclesfield easily accounted for Mt Compass by 5 rubbers at Mt Compass to ensure they keep a stranglehold on third spot. The match scores suggest this was a difficult battle with many matches being decided by a single break of serve or a tiebreak. Mark Baker and Kelly Paech had a crucial doubles win for Macclesfield that set the tone while Mt Compass’s Rory Bowles had a tough singles win over Jake Baker to gain some team pride. Goolwa White all but guaranteed Victor Harbor the wooden spoon by defeating them by 5 rubbers at Goolwa. Goolwa asserted their authority early and were never troubled despite the best efforts of Victor’s Darryl Pearce and Jakob Arbon who earned tough singles wins. For Goolwa, the ladies Amy Jones and Melissa Ramsey were invincible to see Goolwa leapfrog Back Valley into seventh spot on the ladder.
Round 15 will see Back Valley welcome Macclesfield. Back Valley are now playing for time but are still giving a competitive fight each week. Macclesfield will look to continue their good form ensuring they get a home final birth. Victor Harbor host Mt Compass and will be determined to gain a win and while there is still a mathematical chance to avoid the wooden spoon it will be a tough ask. Depending on Mt Compass player availability this match is a real danger game for the visitors who will need to be at their best to keep Victor’s confidence in check. If Victor is at full strength they may pull off the upset.
Pt Elliot Black host Goolwa White in an intriguing match up. Black could well be basking in the afterglow of their big win last week and could be off their game while Goolwa are putting in some very credible performances in the back end of the season and could surprise the home side. Pt Elliot have strong depth and this will prove to be the difference as they’ll be too strong when it matters, winning comfortably.
Inman Valley will welcome Pt Elliot Red and will need to keep winning to go into the finals with momentum and it’s showing in their gritty wins. Inman’s availability of ladies is an ongoing issue but the men have been picking up the slack; a stat that hasn’t always been the case in past seasons.
Pt Elliot Red will be a tough challenge and will certainly feel confident after having accounted for Inman earlier in the season.