Great Southern tennis is getting very exciting

PLACEMENT: Myponga tennis player Amy Veron hits a good forehand on Saturday at her home courts.
PLACEMENT: Myponga tennis player Amy Veron hits a good forehand on Saturday at her home courts.
GOOD SERVE: Normanville White junior division 1 player Ben Shute has a lot of spin on his first serve on Saturday. Photos: Jesse Ehlers.

GOOD SERVE: Normanville White junior division 1 player Ben Shute has a lot of spin on his first serve on Saturday. Photos: Jesse Ehlers.

I LIKE IT: Myponga tennis player Steve Marriott enjoys hitting this forehand on Saturday as he has his whole weight behind the shot.

I LIKE IT: Myponga tennis player Steve Marriott enjoys hitting this forehand on Saturday as he has his whole weight behind the shot.

DROP: Myponga's Amber Martin plays a cheeky drop shot on Saturday to get her opponent running to the net.

DROP: Myponga's Amber Martin plays a cheeky drop shot on Saturday to get her opponent running to the net.

SLICED BACK: Port Elliot tennis player Kat Whitcombe has plenty of under spin on this return on Saturday.

SLICED BACK: Port Elliot tennis player Kat Whitcombe has plenty of under spin on this return on Saturday.

GREAT RUN: Normanville White division 1 junior player Chloe Howlett moves swiftly across the court to get this return.

GREAT RUN: Normanville White division 1 junior player Chloe Howlett moves swiftly across the court to get this return.

Division 1 matches last Saturday were both close affairs laced with forfeits which in the end saw each match being decided by a single rubber.

Pt Elliot held on to defeat Goolwa at home. Both teams delved into their bag of reserves, but it was Elliot through Charlie Vincent and the ladies of new recruit Mai Lui and Kerry Lange that saw them get the victory.

For Goolwa Mike Howard was too strong in his singles, while Jason Ramsey was the lucky recipient of a walkover win in his singles.

This victory sees Pt Elliot climb off the bottom of the league ladder.

Victor Harbor took full advantage of the Valleys' request to transfer their home match back to Victor for more court space by winning a thrilling match that came down to the final game that was decided by a tiebreak.

Valleys had got off to a good start winning 2 out of the 3 doubles, but then the match was compounded by injuries that saw each team forfeit a singles match.

Tanya Milne had a great singles win for the Valleys, but Victor clawed their way back with great wins to Neil B Smit and Darryl Pearce that led to the deciding match between Ben Seidel and Jamie Davis.

The strong stroke play of Seidel versus the instincts of Davis to hunt the ball down from all parts of the court led for a thrilling match with young Seidel showing steely resolve to take the match in the tiebreak and the victory for Victor Harbor.

Looking to Round 5 matches and the top of the ladder Goolwa host Valleys in a critical match for both sides.

Both teams were the respective losers from last week and while finals spots are automatically assured, positions on the ladder at the end of the season will be important.

The Valleys have potentially some injury concerns that could deplete their playing stocks even further, but nevertheless Kerryn Pearsons and Derek Tiller will find a way to overcome Goolwa.

For the home side Eli Nottle will be a danger player while Jason Ramsey will be a model of consistency that will see Goolwa looking to repeat their dominant win in round 2.

Pt Elliot travel to Victor Harbor.

Victor have plenty to play for as they'll be looking to reverse the result from round 2 and with the added spice of former Victor player Mai Lui crossing to Pt Elliot there will be an extra edge to this tie.

But Victor have their injury concerns with Jane Downes being doubtful. This would be a big blow to Victor.

Jaimee Millard is an improving player each week and she along with their other young guns of Seidel, Smit and Arbon will be keen to take it right up to Pt Elliot.

However, I think Port Elliot will win a very close and competitive match.

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