Goolwa are the early favourites in Great Southern tennis

IN FULL STRIDE: Myponga-Sellick's Sam Hirstich hits a winning forehand at full speed on Saturday. PHOTO: Jesse Ehlers.
IN FULL STRIDE: Myponga-Sellick's Sam Hirstich hits a winning forehand at full speed on Saturday. PHOTO: Jesse Ehlers.

Goolwa is fast firming as flag favourite for the Great Southern Division 1 Pennant after comprehensively defeating Pt Elliot 5 rubbers to 1 last Saturday.

Despite being pushed in the ladies doubles where Goolwa's Amy Jones and Mel Ramsey prevailed in super tiebreak and Pt Elliot's Julianne Lowrey having a strong singles win, the rest of the afternoon was smooth sailing for the visitors from Goolwa.

Inman Valley prevailed over their neighbours Back Valley 4 rubbers to 2 at Inman. It was another close encounter for both teams as has been their way this season, but Inman had the set advantage regardless of the last match's result. For Inman, fill in Paul Martin showed his tennis smarts and Edwina Baird continued her good form in both formats, while for Back Valley, Kerryn Pearsons showed that a wise head can prevail over a younger opponent for the second consecutive week and Ryan Pearsons showed that football preseason may have to wait a little longer with a good singles win.

Victor and Myponga-Sellicks had an extremely tight match with the visitors Myponga-Sellicks winning the day by a single set after rubbers were tied at 3 each. The evenness of the afternoon was highlighted that both team's respective men and ladies, in both doubles and singles sections, shared the results. The difference between the two teams was Myponga-Sellicks duo Craig McCallum and Jack Pacitti won the first set despite losing the match and it was enough to get them over the line.

For Victor it was a welcome return to form for Jaimee Millard who powered to a strong singles win. Leading into round 4 it is Goolwa who sit atop the ladder with very little difference between the next 4 teams while Victor Harbor will continue to be searching for their first win come Saturday.

Fifth placed Myponga-Sellicks host second placed Inman Valley in a potential danger game for the visitors. Inman Dylan Wilson is still no certainty to return from injury and this could leave them vulnerable but Bree Leibhardt should return to strengthen their ladies division. For Myponga-Sellicks to win they'll need Kellie Gailbraith and Amy Veron to thwart their opposition in the doubles as it's been pivotal to Inman's success. Both teams are familiar with nail biting finishes and this wont be any different but Inman should keep their undefeated record intact.

Top plays bottom when Goolwa welcomes Victor and the visitors face an uphill battle to make an impact on the home side. Goolwa are hitting their straps and notching up large wins and with consistent performances from Mike Howard and Travis Roach being a regular occurrence they're almost unbeatable. Victor's Hugo Smit match with Roach will be an entertaining battle, but Goolwa should put this match away early and comfortably.

Pt Elliot, sitting fourth, travel to third placed Back Valley in the match of the day. Both teams are coming off losses and will be eager right the wrongs of last Saturday. The winning percentages for both teams suggest a close tussle that may be won on games. Pt Elliot's Scott McPhee will be determined to lead his team to victory while Back Valley's Tanya Milne will be determined to win her first singles of the season.

If Back Valley's ladies have a day out they should get over the line, but it will be no surprise if Pt Elliot finish the day as winners either, but the home side should do enough to win.


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