Grand Final Day for Great Southern Tennis is on Saturday after convincing wins in all grades of Open matches last weekend.
John Wesley in Division 1 and the Doubles had convincing wins against Macclesfield and Pt Elliot Red respectively, while Myponga-Sellicks overcame a stubborn Inman Valley after a tough week emotionally to book their place in the Division 3 grand final against Victor Harbor.
The ladder proved to be a true indicator in Division 1 and 3 with the top two teams making it through to the grand final, while the Doubles was such an even competition that it was no surprise to see John Wesley make the grand final from third spot.
Open Doubles pits Mt Compass against John Wesley in what is John Wesley’s first visit to the Doubles competition grand final, while Mt Compass will be looking to go back to back premiers in their third consecutive grand final outing. The head to head score is locked at one all with John Wesley having the better of their most recent encounter. Charlotte Hall and Norm Brooks have had strong seasons for John Wesley while for Mt Compass Vanessa and Sian Maloney have had outstanding seasons.
Compass may just shade John Wesley to win the Doubles premiership. But it will be close.
Division 3 ladder leaders Victor Harbor take on Myponga-Sellicks. While Victor has had the better in both encounters this season, their most recent encounter was decided on games where three matches were decided by tiebreaks, so the premiership is up for grabs. Chris Scheid and Rainy Jiang have been crucial players for Victor across the season, while Myponga-Sellicks’s Kellie Gailbraith and Adrian Clarke have been strong performers in the finals series. A genuine toss of the coin match, but Myponga-Sellicks will in a thriller.
Division 1 sees the two best teams of the season Pt Elliot Black and John Wesley face off against each other. These two teams have been a cut above the rest of the competition all season. Pt Elliot Black have had the measure of John Wesley in their two meetings this season, but both matches have been decided by a single rubber. Both teams have mixed and matched their men’s line-up throughout the season so it will be no surprise to see both teams use five men or more to find the right combination. The ladies for both teams are evenly matched. Jasper Roberts will again lead the charge for Pt Elliot while Benjamin Reynolds will be a key player for John Wesley. In what will be a truly epic battle and with a chance to go back to back, Pt Elliot will be hungry for the win and I can see them edging John Wesley to be proclaimed Premiers for season 2018-19.