Strongest sides continue winning ways as Great Southern Tennis finals approach

Shot: Normanville Red's Ebony Beecham plays a great returning shot during her junior match on Saturday.
Shot: Normanville Red's Ebony Beecham plays a great returning shot during her junior match on Saturday.

The strong teams came to the fore in Great Southern Tennis with all division's top teams having strong wins in very warm and humid conditions over the weekend.

In Division 1, top two, Goolwa and Port Elliot had comfortable three rubbers victories over The Valleys and Victor Harbor respectively. Jason Ramsey and Mike Howard starred for Goolwa, while for The Valleys, Stephen 'Shaggy' Holt stepped up to fill the number one spot admirably.

Port Elliot were well lead by Chris McLachlan and Vicki Evans and Kerry Lange, while Victor's Ben Seidel and Darryl Pearce were their best players.

The short merry-go-round continues next week with Goolwa taking on Victor Harbor and Port Elliot travelling to Back Valley. The Goolwa - Victor matchup should be a beauty.

If Victor can be ahead after the doubles they have a good chance of winning, but Goolwa have been consistent all season and this should get them over the line.

The Valleys will feel confident tackling Port Elliot after defeating them last time around. Port Elliot will not want to submit to consecutive defeats and will be be stung into action with a determination to win well in a close tussle.

Division 2 and 3 results saw top four aspirants Inman Valley Red and Goolwa lose close games to Victor Harbor and Myponga-Sellicks.

Inman Red's loss was by a single game while Myponga-Sellicks's win now has them in fourth spot.

Victor Harbor, despite their close win has dropped down to fifth, while in other results, Back Valley accounted for a spirited Mount Compass and Port Elliot made light work of Inman Valley Blue.

Technique: Jasmyn Even exhibits strong concentration as she unleashes a serve at Port Elliot.

Technique: Jasmyn Even exhibits strong concentration as she unleashes a serve at Port Elliot.

Enthralling matches await this week with Mount Compass eyeing off victory against fellow lowly placed Inman Valley Blue.

Compass were competitive last Saturday and will have gained a lot of belief they can win.

For Inman Blue, they'll be hoping to find form quickly to quash any of Compass' confidence, but I'm tipping the upset with Compass to celebrate their third victory of the season.

Back Valley take on Victor Harbor who will be looking for a big win to climb back up into the top four. Back Valley weren't convincing winners last week and Victor soundly beat them last time and with too much at stake for Victor, they'll get the job done.

Port Elliot travel to Goolwa in a top four clash that the home side will be aiming for a win or a strong competitive effort at the very least with Myponga-Sellicks eyeing their third spot on the ladder.

Port Elliot keep on winning and it's a testament to their attitude to keep winning when you have top position wrapped up and there's little to play for except pride but it will keep them on the winners last come Saturday.

The match of the round has Inman Red hosting Myponga-Sellicks; second versus fourth. Myponga-Sellicks's knock out punch last week was in the mixed doubles and singles as they failed to win a single straight gender double.

Inman Red are just going but will certainly know the danger their opposition presents but I fear it wont be enough and it will be Myponga-Sellicks who'll claim another top four scalp.

Big wins were the theme in the doubles with Normanville, Mount Compass, John Wesley and Goolwa all having comprehensive victories of Victor Harbor, Port Elliot Red, Port Elliot Black and Back Valley respectively.

John Wesley and Mount Compass have opened up a slight gap on the ladder to Port Elliot Black and Port Elliot Red who round out the top four.

Next round has John Wesley taking on Goolwa to which they should win comfortably, Normanville to upset Back Valley at Normanville, Port Elliot Red to be too strong for Victor Harbor and in the match of the round Mount Compass to secure at least a top two finish with a close win against Port Elliot Black.