Inman Valley are undefeated in division 1 tennis

STYLE: Port Elliot's Kim Pope majestically moves into play a forehand on Saturday at the Myponga courts. PHOTO: Jesse Ehlers.
STYLE: Port Elliot's Kim Pope majestically moves into play a forehand on Saturday at the Myponga courts. PHOTO: Jesse Ehlers.

Inman Valley remain undefeated in Division 1, but only just after winning the final match of the contest to win on sets against Pt Elliot.

It was a close tussle all afternoon with Pt Elliot having their noses in front thanks to good wins by Charlie Vincent and Kathryn Witcombe in their singles but Inman's Darren Lush kept the home side in the contest with a strong singles win meaning the winner of Inman's Edwina Baird and Pt Elliot's Julianne Lowrey would decide the encounter with Baird proving too strong, ensuring Inman finished on top.

Goolwa opened their account with a crushing win over Myponga-Sellicks winning 5 rubbers to 1. Goolwa were in complete control with Travis Roach leading the way along with a winning return for Mel Ramsey in their singles. For Myponga-Sellicks they took consolation from their top lady Amy Veron who didn't need any warm up hit to have a good 6-4 singles win.

Back Valley also got their season back on track with 5 rubbers to 1 victory but while it may have been a one-sided

score line it could have been very different had the doubles results gone the other way. Both doubles went to super tiebreaks with Back Valley coming out on top 10-5 in both matches. Tanya Crompton and Craig Littlely continued the winning momentum in their singles, while for Victor Ben Hattam saved their blushes with a 9-3 singles win.

Heading into round 3 and Victor Harbor will be very keen to find a win being the only winless team, but their opponent, Myponga-Sellicks will be difficult to topple. Both teams are coming off stinging losses and Victor will know they have to break their duck of winless doubles for the season. Any team is placing themselves under pressure if they're leaving it all to their singles to win the day and Victor will know this. Myponga-Sellicks will know the standard required to succeed in Division 1 after last weekend and they'll be improve with every outing.

While the match is at Victor and the incentive of their first win of the season for the home side for I think Myponga-Sellicks will prove too strong winning on sets.

Goolwa travel to Pt Elliot in what should be a very competitive match. Both teams will be contenders for finals spots come the important end of the season and already have set a competitive standard in their two outings. Goolwa will feel confident they can take this win and know their men of Roach and Mike Howard will always keep them competitive in matches but the matchup to watch will be in the ladies. Pt Elliot's Witcombe and Lowrey are a good combination and their duel with Goolwa's Ramsey and Amy Jones will decide this encounter.

If Pt Elliot's ladies do the job it will go a long way towards winning but the my tip is the Goolwa ladies will be too strong on the day and make it 2 out of 3 wins for the Magpies.

Inman Valley host Back Valley in the local derby in what will be a typical competitive but enjoyable battle. Both winners from last week, Inman is winning ugly and happy to move on while Back Valley may rue that first round loss at the end of season. It's been a while since Inman has beaten a full strength Back Valley side with Back Valley winning the last two encounters of last season on their way to the flag.

Like most weeks it will be a case of who is on the court for the respective teams, but if Lush and Dylan Wilson can continue their excellent doubles form then I can see Inman winning this battle on rubbers to break Back Valley's stranglehold.


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