The scrap for second in the 2021-22 Mount Gambier and District Tennis Association Division 2 season does not appear to slow down as the grade basks under the Friday night lights of Olympic Park tomorrow.
The seventh round of the season could have a significant impact on the battle with West Gambier Blue and Glencoe facing off in the opening duel of the night.
The rivals share an identical win-loss record of two wins, two defeats and one draw, but only the winning team will stay in touch with the top contenders after this game. Neither side carries winning form after they both suffered 5-7 defeats.
Glencoe could not topple Mount Gambier Green on its home court, but the likes of Mark Feetom and Sam Auld were dominant.
West Blue was up against Mount Gambier Blue where the best efforts of Jamie Higgins, Mark Stutley and Matthew Charlton were not enough.
Following these defeats, victory is not an optional luxury for these two teams.
Club bragging rights will go on the line when sister sides Mount Gambier Blue and Green settle their differences on neutral court.
Both teams enter the big game on a high after solid wins in round 6.
Mount Gambier Blue is the big favourite after it consolidated its second spot on the ladder with an important triumph over West Gambier Blue.
West Blue loomed as a tricky customer and fought all the way.
Mount Gambier was forced to win the final four doubles to seal the deal with Lachlan Patzel, Will Cameron, Taryn Gartner, Jodie Carey and Tegan Lythgo making the difference.
However, Mount Gambier Green probably has an even greater sense of optimism following its maiden win of the summer.
After weeks of promise the team was able to claim the huge scalp of Glencoe to show it still has some talent that cannot be ignored.
Renae Cameron, Rylee Seidel and Chelsea Mckinnon were in strong rom and will be keen to prove it against their rivals from the same roof.
Mount Schank’s struggle is expected to continue against a Reidy Park team ready to bounce back from last week’s disappointment, while ladder leader West Red has the bye.
Division 1 is set to be played on Saturday afternoon where some one-sided fixtures are dished up.
Fresh from claiming the ladder lead for the first time of the year, Reidy Park wants to show it belongs at the top of the tree with another strong performance against Glencoe, a side still searching for success.
At Olympic Park Centrals/Uniting Church hosts West Gambier where the home side is desperate to make a statement suggesting it will return to first place as a lossless outfit.