Grand finalists for Great Southern Tennis have been set for 2017-18, with the season culminating this Saturday with a smorgasboard of great tennis.
In Division 1, John Wesley Gold narrowly defeated their club counterparts John Wesley Green while in Division 2 Inman Valley obliterated Victor Harbor to secure their grand final berth.
Inman Valley also comfortably defeated Back Valley in Division 3 while Port Elliot doubles ensured it caught the club grand final train winning in a tight encounter with John Wesley.
Kudos to the Pt Elliot Tennis Club who have all four open teams make the grand final weekend.
Inman Valley once again have punched above their weight to have two teams in grand finals while John Wesley and Mt Compass are duly represented.
In Division 1 Pt Elliot will play John Wesley Gold with Pt Elliot having the measure of their counterparts for most of the season and in their most recent meeting.
Pt Elliot will be without G Crichton which will be a big loss and how thyeset up in the ladies will be of interest but K Lange will be a strong performer.
S Tozer didn’t play in the semi final for Pt Elliot and his possible inclusion will be a big boost but J Roberts has been a star in recent weeks.
For John Wesley Gold, they’re in this match but they must take their chances particularly in the doubles and if they can sweep them then anything is possible.
S Beaumont and R Blackwell will be key players and their contributions will go a long way to the Gold team getting the win.
This will be a great match to watch for neutral spectators but Pt Elliot should do enough to win. Pt Elliot premiers by one rubber.
Pt Elliot tackle Inman Valley in Division 2 and these teams have been the strong performers all season.
Pt Elliot’s average winning margin against all teams has been just over nine sets while against their grand final rivals it’s been seven sets so they will feel very confident entering this match.
For Inman Valley everything will have to go right and they will have to be on game from the first point but there is hope as their last meeting they lost three matches by a single break of serve and had they won all three it would have been down to games for a result.
Pt Elliot have gun performers in the form of J Lowrey and A Smyth while Inman has the twin towers of J and M DeVilliers contributing greatly.
Grand finals are different affairs and pressure can do funny things.
If Inman take their chances this could unnerve Pt Elliot enough to knock them off but Pt Elliot have been the form team all season and should win this tight contest.
Pt Elliot premiers by two sets.
Pt Elliot and Inman Valley battle out the Division 3 premiership but unlike their respective Division 2 counterparts these teams have played out some close encounters of some kind.
While Pt Elliot’s average winning margin has been nine sets across the season, Inman has beaten Pt Elliot and was on the way to defeating them a second time when the rain gods intervened.
Inman’s M Menadue and D Carter have a strong doubles rating and they’ll need to perform again. For Pt Elliot, C Lewis has hit great form and the ever consistent T Crosby will prove tough to beat.
For Inman to win it’s back to basics of winning the crucial points and winning games to build pressure.
They will need to give themselves enough winning opportunities which they didn’t do in their last encounter while Pt Elliot will aim to do basics well enough and often enough and the score will take care of itself.
Pt Elliot should start favourites and if they play to their ability they’ll win.
Pt Elliot premiers by two sets.
Mt Compass Maroon Doubles have been laying in wait for their premiership challenger and will face a finals hardened Pt Elliot.
In a competition that has been close all season the head-to-head record between these two teams stands at 2-0 Maroon’s way, but details confirm how close these teams are.
In their first meeting in November half of the matches were decided by tie-breaks of which Mt Compass won all of them.
In the most previous meeting in January the margin was a mere two games so this final is the quintessential toss of the coin match.
The big key could be Maroon’s Jon Whellams who wasn’t part of either of those two matches.
If available he will strengthen their chances considerably but being a doubles competition it’s always imperative to work well in your court partnerships and this has been Maroon’s strength over the season.
Pt Elliot have hit peak form and they will be hard to beat with K Kube and G Maslin leading the charge and in what should be a real arm wrestle it will be Pt Elliot who will turn the tables on the day it counts.
Pt Elliot should be premiers by games.