Valleys prove too strong for Victor Harbor in division 1 tennis

GREAT TOUCH: Back Valley's Angus Pearsons attacks the ball to volley on Saturday in his division 2/3 game at Back Valley against Port Elliot.
GREAT TOUCH: Back Valley's Angus Pearsons attacks the ball to volley on Saturday in his division 2/3 game at Back Valley against Port Elliot.

The Valleys returned to form in a big way against Victor Harbor.

The Valleys denied Victor a win all afternoon clean sweeping the matches. Craig Littlely and Ryan Pearsons were the Valleys' best players in a team performance, while for Victor, Greg Nicholls and Gavin Roberts took the challenge up to their opposition.

Goolwa edged out Pt Elliot in the other game, winning by 1 rubber. In a tight contest, Pt Elliot went into the singles with the lead after a great super tiebreak win by Kerry Lange and Vicki Evans, but then Goolwa's men hit back with wins to Eli Nottle and Jason Ramsey and when Amy Jones secured her singles, Goolwa had the job done.

In round 8, Goolwa take on the rejuvenated Valleys, while Pt Elliot host Victor Harbor. Goolwa will take a lot of confidence out of last Saturday's win while the Valleys will be looking to overturn their narrow loss last time to Goolwa. The Valleys will press hard, but Goolwa will have too much class and will win comfortably.

Elliot will feel confident, while Victor will be licking their wounds from their loss against the Valleys. Victor's playing depth is being tested and Pt Elliot should notch up a strong win.

ON THE MOVE: Port Elliot's Lauren Weir delicately plays this shot on Saturday to get her oponnent moving around the court.

ON THE MOVE: Port Elliot's Lauren Weir delicately plays this shot on Saturday to get her oponnent moving around the court.

In Division 2-3, Pt Elliot remain undefeated after 7 rounds defeating sixth placed Back Valley while Inman Valley Red's defeat of their counterparts Inman Valley Blue has placed them nicely in second spot. Goolwa remain in third position despite their narrow loss to the surging Victor Harbor. Myponga-Sellicks comfortably beat Mt Compass.

Leading the way as the best performed singles players in this division are Inman Red's John Olsen, Margaret Dyer, Back Valley's Steph Kruger, Pt Elliot's Julianne Lowrey, Gary Orr and Jordan Pope. Goolwa's strength appears to be built on doubles as Kaylene Brook, April Howes and Jenny Biscoe all are proving consistent winners, while Inman Blue's Janelle Paech and Alicia Wollaston are their best performed doubles players.

Victor's Maryka Smit and Rainy Jiang, Myponga-Sellicks Adrian Clarke and Amber Martin and Mt Compass' Phillipa Hall can hold their heads high for their respective teams.

Next week predictions will see Pt Elliot too strong for Mt Compass, Inman Red over Goolwa, Victor to win a close one against Myponga-Sellicks and Back Valley will bounce back with a win over Inman Blue.

STEADY BACK HAND: Inman Valley Blue's Gael Tilbrook knocks the tennis ball back on Saturday in her game at the Inman Valley courts.

STEADY BACK HAND: Inman Valley Blue's Gael Tilbrook knocks the tennis ball back on Saturday in her game at the Inman Valley courts.

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