Close matches in Great Southern tennis' top grade as Goolwa and Port Elliot secured tight wins

ON HIS TERMS: Inman Valley stalwart Vic Walter knows how to return the tennis ball and uses his guile to win the point on Saturday.
ON HIS TERMS: Inman Valley stalwart Vic Walter knows how to return the tennis ball and uses his guile to win the point on Saturday.
TWO HANDS: Mount Compass tennis player Megan Sherry covers plenty of court to hit this two handed backhand on Saturday.

TWO HANDS: Mount Compass tennis player Megan Sherry covers plenty of court to hit this two handed backhand on Saturday.

PLACEMENT: Inman Valley's Susie Lush has time to hit this shot for a winner on Saturday in the tennis match at Mount Compass.

PLACEMENT: Inman Valley's Susie Lush has time to hit this shot for a winner on Saturday in the tennis match at Mount Compass.

DESPERATE: Mount Compass' Katie McHugh runs down this ball perfectly and flicks the ball back over the net on Saturday.

DESPERATE: Mount Compass' Katie McHugh runs down this ball perfectly and flicks the ball back over the net on Saturday.

MADE IT: Inman Valley's Malcolm Menadue hits a forehand on Saturday in his match at Mount Compass.

MADE IT: Inman Valley's Malcolm Menadue hits a forehand on Saturday in his match at Mount Compass.

IN POSITION: Inman Valley key lady Jenny Porter lines the ball up to hit a thumping winner on Saturday at Mount Compass.

IN POSITION: Inman Valley key lady Jenny Porter lines the ball up to hit a thumping winner on Saturday at Mount Compass.

Another round and another batch of close matches in Great Southern tennis's top grade as Goolwa and Port Elliot secured tight wins.

Port Elliot defeated Victor Harbor by 1 rubber at Victor Harbor and it has it ladies to thank for getting them over the line.

Mai Lui and Kerry Lange made a clean sweep of their matches giving them 3 rubbers and Scott Nottle scoring wins in his singles and bottom doubles with Steve Reichelt. It was enough to get them the win.

For Victor, Neil B Smit again proved his number 1 status with good wins in his singles and doubles with Jeremy Bell.

The Valleys went down to Goolwa at Goolwa by 1 rubber with Goolwa's Mel Ramsey scoring the decisive single win to decide the contest.

Goolwa played the stronger in the singles after the Valleys had their noses in front after the doubles, but good wins to the elevated Ged Spencer, Mike Howard and Amy Jones was all that was needed to secure victory.

For the Valleys, Paul Martin showed he's still in good touch winning his double with Darren Lush and winning strongly in his singles.

Next week's matches, with a later starting time due to the junior tournament pits Port Elliot at home against the Valleys and Victor Harbor host Goolwa.

Port Elliot are starting to string some wins together while the Valleys are just falling short in recent weeks.

Neither teams have consistent line-ups and this will be more than likely the case again this Saturday.

The Valleys won narrowly in their previous meeting and there's no reason it won't be the same again with the likes of Kerryn Pearsons and Jamie Davis for the Valleys leading the way.

Port Elliot will be hoping for better singles returns from their men, but Charlie Vincent would be getting invaluable experience playing in the top flight on a regular basis.

A toss of coin result, but Port Elliot will come out on top in a thriller.

Victor will be looking to return to the winner's circle when they host Goolwa, but with a mounting injury toll they will face an uphill battle.

Goolwa should have the ascendancy, particularly in the women's matches, as Mel Ramsey and Amy Jones have been securing wins with relative ease this season.

Victor's Jakob Arbon and Jeremy Bell will spearhead Victor's assault, but it won't be enough and Goolwa will get the chocolates.

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