The 2020-21 Mount Gambier and District Tennis Association season goes into full swing this weekend when the fight for finals starts at Olympic Park. After being the dominant force in Division 1, Glencoe enjoyed a free ticket straight into the decider leaving Centrals/Uniting Church and West Gambier left to duke it out for the final place.
West won the latest encounter by two sets just a couple weeks ago, but Centrals/Uniting Church has also enjoyed success against its upcoming opponent. An intense battle can be expected as both sides have evenly shared the four minor-round matches with everything coming down to the fifth and final duel of the season.
Division 2 has been a hotly-contested grade all summer and the trend should continue in the semi-finals. Only one of the two Glencoe sides will make it to the big dance with Gold and Maroon squaring off.
Glencoe Gold is expected to get the job done over its sister team after a faultless home-and- away season. But Glencoe Maroon will not give up without a fight after scraping into the top four after emerging victorious from a thrilling final-round battle.
Another late-season charger Suttontown has it all to do against West Gambier Red. West Red has been another standout side, losing just the one round to Glencoe Gold and overcoming everything else thrown its way. The Suttontown Tigers have endured a less comfortable ride to the semi-final after it only secured its place at the last possible moment after a huge win in the last round.
These sides played as recently as round 14 with West Red taking home the chocolates by four sets. Not much has separated the Division 3 contestants and expect the semi-finals to continue the trend.
Mount Gambier and Mil Lel Green completed the entire minor-round season with identical win-loss records, but the former finished on top and will play Suttontown. The pair has not met this season after its round 8 match did not take place due to COVID19 restrictions.
Minor-premier Mount Gambier is the favourite, but the Suttontown will not die wondering and is confident after a huge final-round performance.
Mil Lel Green and Glencoe/Centrals will collide in the other semi-final with the latter holding the upper ground after a four-set win in round 4. The semi-finals of the Lakes Junior Tennis season will also take place at Olympic Park this Saturday morning from 8.30am.