Great Southern tennis is running to a too predictable script

OUT OF THE MIDDLE: Victor Harbor division 2/3 player Abby Nicholls bangs this forehand back hard on Saturday.
OUT OF THE MIDDLE: Victor Harbor division 2/3 player Abby Nicholls bangs this forehand back hard on Saturday.
HAVE IT COVERED: Port Elliot division 2/3 tennis player Penny Smith makes great court coverage to play a forehand on Saturday.

HAVE IT COVERED: Port Elliot division 2/3 tennis player Penny Smith makes great court coverage to play a forehand on Saturday.

TERRIFIC STRETCH: Victor Harbor's Danika Millard elongates her arms to the full extent to return the ball on Saturday in division 2/3.

TERRIFIC STRETCH: Victor Harbor's Danika Millard elongates her arms to the full extent to return the ball on Saturday in division 2/3.

CONTROL: Victor Harbor division 2/3 player Chris Horwood is in fine position to hit a two hand backhand return on Saturday. Photo: Ryan Finlay.

CONTROL: Victor Harbor division 2/3 player Chris Horwood is in fine position to hit a two hand backhand return on Saturday. Photo: Ryan Finlay.

ATTACK: Port Elliot Open Doubles player Julie Middleton rushes the net to score a winner in Great Southern tennis.

ATTACK: Port Elliot Open Doubles player Julie Middleton rushes the net to score a winner in Great Southern tennis.

As expected the finals contenders across the three divisions dominated proceedings on the resumption of Great Southern Tennis on Saturday.

In Division One Goolwa were ruthless in defeating The Valleys with Mel Ramsey and Amy Jones once again leading the way against their Valley counterparts.

Eli Nottle fought out a nail biting tiebreak singles win while the Valley's only positive notes were once again Joel Pollich being too strong for Travis Roach and combining with Stephen Holt to win the top men's doubles.

Pt Elliot went one better than Goolwa, allowing Victor Harbor only one rubber for the night in a dominant performance.

Shane Sterzl, filling in for Pt Elliot, was at his mastery best alongside his Pt Elliot compatriots. For Victor Harbor, Jaimee Millard was their sole winner on the night securing a tough singles win over former team mate Mai Lui.

Pt Elliot's win has them a single point in front of Goolwa on the premiership ladder.

A large gap separates third placed Valleys from Goolwa. It is a mission impossible for the Valleys to secure a top two finish with now their focus to stay ahead of fourth placed Victor Harbor.

Next week's matches has the top two teams playing the bottom two teams ensuring big wins as the race for top spot gets tight.

Pt Elliot host the Valleys and should see them off with relative ease. Their last meeting at Pt Elliot did not end well for the Valleys and this match will go the same way.

Victor Harbor welcome Goolwa this Friday night, but that's where the pleasantries will cease as Goolwa will crush Victor's hopes quickly to claim a big victory.

Like Division one there were some big wins in Division 2/3 to the finals challengers including Pt Elliot, Inman Valley Red and Goolwa.

Myponga-Sellicks' thrashing of Inman Valley Blue coupled with fourth placed Victor Harbor's loss has the Mudlarks surging towards nabbing fourth spot and they should gain further ground if they defeat Mt Compass strongly next weekend.

Victor, for their part will be in a crucial battle against Goolwa and a win for Victor will go some way to securing a top four spot. Goolwa will not want to drop this game either and I expect them to win a close match.

In the remaining two games it will be a case of how far for top placed Pt Elliot against Back Valley and Inman Valley Red against Inman Valley Blue in the local derby.

The big wins continued in the Doubles division with Pt Elliot Black, Mt Compass and Pt Elliot Red all securing major points. Victor Harbor got their first win of the season, albeit with a walkover victory to Goolwa, but a win is a win.

The big wins should continue next week with all matches pitting a top four team against a bottom four team.

John Wesley will bounce back after last week's shock big loss to defeat Victor, Pt Elliot Black will be too strong for Back Valley, Mt Compass will account for Normanville comfortably and Pt Elliot Red will keep a hold on fourth spot with a big win over Goolwa.

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