Tennis players across the region are ready for one last hit before finals in the 2020-21 Mount Gambier and District Tennis Association season this Saturday. Division 3 ladder leader Mount Gambier enjoys a stress-free bye, while Mil Lel Green and Glencoe/Centrals are also safe, but the fight for the last spot in the top four will be on in earnest.
Suttontown hosts to Mil Lel Blue and the winner will keep their season alive, while the curtains will fall on the loser. Mil Lel Blue is in strong form after a convincing win over the formidable Glencoe/Centrals outfit.
Early singles wins to Phillip Pedler and Jason Brooks put Mil Lel onto the front foot in home conditions and were backed up by strong performances from Hayley Pearson and Jessica Douglas. With a two-set advantage, Pedler and Brooks maintained their form with 6-0 win in the opening doubles rubber.
However, Brody Allison, Tyler Johnston and James Kipping claimed two wins collectively to keep Glencoe/Centrals in the hunt. In the end Mil Lel Blue was too strong wrapping up proceedings thanks to a Pearson, Jessica Douglas and Jorja Douglas dominating the final three rubbers.
On the other hand Suttontown suffered a 8-4 defeat at the hands of Mount Schank. Playing at the foot of the extinct volcano, Mount Schank opened an early lead. Suttontown threatened a comeback during the doubles encounters, but Megan Telford, Bella Laube and Lisa Edwards ensured there was no reason for concern.
Mil Lel Green also won by the same 8-4 margin over Uniting Church after a strong singles performance, while Mount Gambier secured the minor premiership in style with a 9-3 victory over Moorak. In Division 2, only two of the three sides tied on six wins apiece can continue their respective seasons.
West Gambier Blue, Glencoe Maroon and Suttontown are all locked together, while Mount Gambier is a dark horse just one slip up away. Two of the trio will face off in a winner-takes-all battle at Malseed Park. West Blue plays host to Glencoe Maroon and the end result will decide their respective campaigns.
Suttontown enter the final round quietly confident coming up against bottom-ranked team Reidy Park, while Mount Gambier has the chance of shaking things up if it can overcome the safe Mount Gambier Red. All four Division 1 teams will progress to finals, but Glencoe and Centrals/Uniting Church will fight for second spot on the ladder at Glencoe.