Teams gear up for final round of Great Southern Tennis

Great Southern Tennis's last minor round will be completed this weekend and with several matches deciding important ladder positions for the finals.

Last weekend, Round 15 concluded with both Division 2/3 and Doubles all having big margin results.

Division 2 saw all three winners of Myponga-Sellicks, Port Elliot and Normanville win by a 10 set margin, allowing their opposition only three sets respectively for the whole afternoon.

The Doubles winners of the three Port Elliot teams, John Wesley and Mount Compass all defeated their opposition by a score line of 5 sets to 1 to ensure big percentage gains.

Division 1 was a more even contest with Victor Harbor defeating Inman Valley by 1 rubber and Back Valley defeating Goolwa by 3 rubbers.

Victor won the crucial matches, particularly Hugo Smit whom the responsibility was entrusted to win the deciding singles set and he did so with calm assuredness.

Jakob Arbon and fill in Jesse Walker stepped up with vital singles wins and despite Inman's Amy Williams and Margaret Dyer sweeping the singles, Victor had secured the points.

Back Valley, as has been their way all season, found a way to win with fill in players Gavin Roberts and Sam Littlely stepping up with strong wins. Goolwa bolstered by Jason Ramsey's inclusion would have felt confident but despite he and Mike Howard's best efforts, Goolwa came up short once again.

Back Valley is now back on top spot after relinquishing it to Inman Valley the previous week, but the ladder position wheel has to stop and stop it will after this weekend's rounds of matches.

The last round this weekend has some definites. Division 2 minor premiers will be Myponga-Sellicks even after playing Port Elliot this round. They'll play consecutive weeks as they'll meet again in the first week of finals for a spot in the Grand final. They'll remind Port Elliot who is the top team and gain the psychological advantage.

Normanville should stay third with a win over Goolwa, while Back Valley will remain fourth despite their best efforts to thrash Mount Compass to snatch away third spot from Normanville.

In the Doubles, Port Elliot Red who are hanging onto third spot from John Wesley are playing top of the ladder Port Elliot White who can't be toppled.

Port Elliot Black in second spot, have the bye and can't be shifted either. John Wesley will be looking for a big win against Inman Blue who themselves hope they win well and Inman Red pull off a stunning upset against Victor Harbor.

This will ensure Inman Blue finish top of the second division of teams ranked fifth to eighth that will play finals. Victor know they have to win to finish fifth while Mount Compass will finally put Inman Valley White out of its misery with a strong win ensuring they go into finals with winning form.

Division 1 teams have known all season long they're finals bound and so this weekend is a dress rehearsal for Round 1 finals, as all four teams will be playing their same opponents the following week.

Victor should account for Goolwa in their match but it will not be easy. Consistency and winning the crucial points often enough will be important for whichever side wins.

The match between Inman and Back Valley will decide top spot. Inman held the position for the early rounds but as the season has progressed, Back Valley has made ground and now the two teams have been sharing top billing recently.

Being hosted at Back Valley, the home side should start favourites as their level of consistency has been outstanding in the second half of the season. Inman will feel that at full strength they are the better team, but that hasn't existed for several weeks and Back Valley will take advantage of this be crowned minor premiers.