Goolwa, Inman take wins in Great Southern tennis

Forehand: Goolwa Tennis Club's Dale Cuthbert plays a shot during his division two doubles match at the Goolwa courts on Saturday. Photo: Jesse Ehlers
Forehand: Goolwa Tennis Club's Dale Cuthbert plays a shot during his division two doubles match at the Goolwa courts on Saturday. Photo: Jesse Ehlers

Strong wins were the order of round seven Great Southern tennis with Inman, Myponga-Sellicks and Goolwa all winning comfortably.

Myponga-Sellicks were most dominate in defeating Victor Harbor six rubbers to nil at Myponga.

"All played well" was the end story with Jack Paccitti putting on a masterful display for the home side while Victor's Jakob Arbon pushed hard in his single without getting the desired result.

Goolwa defeated Pt Elliot four rubbers to two at Goolwa with the home side pulling away in the singles after an even doubles.

Pt Elliot's Kathryn Witcombe and Julianne Lowrey levelled up the doubles but then it was Goolwa's Mike Howard, Amy Jones and Mel Ramsey who made sure of the victory with strong wins while Pt Elliot's Callum LeRay outlasted fill-in Mitchell Ramsey for Elliot's solitary single win.

Inman Valley got the win at Back Valley, defeating the home side five rubbers to one after a tussle in the doubles.

Both matches went into super tie-breaks where Inman Valley were successful in both and from there they steamrolled Back Valley.

Paul Martin, Bree Leibhardt and Ella Watters were successful while Back Valley's Ryan Pearsons was their lone success.

This week

Round eight action commences on Friday night with Inman heading to Pt Elliot with Back Valley and Goolwa hosting Victor Harbor and Myponga-Sellicks respectively.

The match of the round is the Saturday tie at Goolwa.

Myponga-Sellicks have been in very good form in recent weeks and with Goolwa not at full strength this is an opportunity the visitors must take if they're legitimate premiership contenders.

Myponga-Sellicks only got the one rubber in their last outing so it could be baby steps for them but the Goolwa ladies duo of Ramsey and Jones have now lost two doubles in a row so they could be vulnerable against Myponga's Amy Veron and Kellie Galbraith.

If the visitors can snatch the men's double then the pressure could be too great for Goolwa. In a match worth a drive, I think Goolwa has enough skill to get the win in a close encounter.

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Victor can only believe things will get better as they face Back Valley after last weeks humbling and they have to believe they're a sneaky chance of winning this Saturday.

Back Valley knows this will be a danger game and will be focused from the first serve to ensure Victor don't gain confidence.

The men's matches will be entertaining with plenty of skill on both sides of the court and while Victor may have only won two doubles so far this season it would be of little comfort to Back Valley to know they've only won four, with two of them coming in their last outing against Victor and both super tie-breaks.

Victor's Hugo Smit will have a pivotal role to play while Back Valley's Kerryn Pearsons will need to use her full range of tricks to deny Victor their second win.

A lot needs to go right for Victor but their time has come and they'll get their second win in a thriller.

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Pt Elliot tackles Inman under lights in another test for both sides. Pt Elliot is competitive but hasn't delivered a 'scalp' yet but this could be the chance.

The Friday night scheduling has hindered Inman filling their full strength side with their young stars Wilson and Watters unavailable but they have found depth in Paul Martin who is playing some of his best tennis while Darren Lush will be better for last week's run.

Pt Elliot's Witcombe and Lowrey will fancy their chances with their home advantage and this will be a close tussle that Inman won't want to drop but Pt Elliot will be up for the fight and in an upset, should win this on games.

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