Wellington tennis finals preview

TOP side the Maffra Aces will host Seaspray in the major semi-final.

Seaspray will be hoping its men can continue their good form from the regular season, which was instrumental in securing its top two finish.

The two teams met prior to the long weekend in the final round of the regular season, with Seaspray emerging with a tight victory.

Tim Dunnett, Aaron Kennedy and Billy Trotter will again be looking to lead the way for the home side against their Maffra opponents after sweeping all three sets last time they met. It should be a tighter contest in the women’s doubles, despite Maffra sweeping three sets last time.

Both teams possess strong combinations meaning the sets could go either way.

It’s highly likely the direct route through to the grand final will be decided in the mixed double’s rubbers, however no matter who wins on Saturday, there’s a good chance they will meet for the third time in a month next week.

The minor semi-final will also be at Maffra, between the Maffra Kings and Sale Big Brother.

It will also be a case of deja vu for Sale Big Brother and Maffra Kings who met in the final round of the regular season.

In that match Sale Big Brother just managed to come out on top, securing a one-set victory to ensure a finals birth.

On that occasion Sale dominated the men’s sets, while Maffra took a clean sweep of the women’s matches. If the form line plays out again it means the mixed doubles matches will more than likely be the deciding factor in the match.

Maffra has the home court advantage, but this one could go either way.

IN the major semi-final, Sale The Block will host Heyfield.

Sale The Block had a terrific regular season, losing only two matches on its way to clinching top spot.

Heyfield did enough throughout the season to hold on to a double chance, despite a final round loss.

Last time the teams met Sale emerged victorious by a set, with the mixed doubles rubbers looking likely to be a deciding factor in this match again.

Minor semi-finalists Stratford and Seaspray finished level on points at season’s end, and an evenly matched battle is what’s expected tomorrow at Sale. The teams both won a mixture of men’s, women’s and mixed rubbers when they last met, so this battle could go either way.

THE Rockley Slammers will host Longford for the first place in the grand final.

The Slammers comfortably finished the regular season on top of the ladder, losing only one match throughout the year. However, last time these two teams met it was a tight contest with only one set and one game separating teams at the end of the day.

At home, Rockley will be hoping to continue its strong form and progress straight through to the grand final.

Maffra will host the Rockley Aces in the minor semi-final.

In a four-team competition, the Rockley Aces proved to be the weakest link, failing to win a match for the season. Expect an easy win for Maffra at home before backing up on Sunday to play for a place in the grand final.

SENIOR matches begin at 1pm. Venues for Sunday’s preliminary finals will be determined following the semi-finals.