4.5+ over 40 - this will be an all Sunday affair. Brookhaven/Bartlett plays Lifetime/Arcaria at 9:00am and the winner plays Oak Creek/Sweeney at noon. And did I mention there is now a 100% chance of rain on Sunday? Good thing there aren't a lot of matches. Never more than in these "plus" leagues is availability more important. Sure, in your 4.0 league you have some players better than others but in this flight the difference in a top end 5.0 and a good 4.5 is huge. Of course the first problem is actually having a top end 5.0. There are a couple out there and if they are or aren't available they can make all the difference. Sweeney proved he had the deepest team only losing one match while the other two playoff contenders lost three apiece. Depth is now less of an issue. How good are your top six - not eight through twelve - becomes much more important.
4.0 over 40 - this is the most wide open city playoff at this level I've ever seen. 40s has been around for a few years now and while there have been some good 4.0 teams each year, this is the most balanced year for the playoff contenders that I've seen. That may be because Dallas just doesn't have a dominant team this year, or possibly several teams or good (we won't really know until sectionals), but it should be a wide open event. These guys are playing a round robin over Friday and Saturday, with the seeds listed as: 1) Oak Creek/Ramasami, 2) Springpark/Walters, 3) Canyon Creek/Patterson and 4) Huffhines/Clark.
Just to reacap: 9.0 55s was won by Oak Creek/Sweeney going away and 8.0 55s was won by Greenhill/Kayser in a three team playoff.
Good luck to everyone this weekend.