So much like Marc I will preface this by saying it is very EARLY but then again we are 4 weeks from playing match #1 and a couple of weeks from knowing some match dates, etc. For the most part the flights seem pretty evenly matched.
BH/Helterbrann (Fall DCC)
HP/Somabut (Fall Champ)
TBar (Spring DCC)
LBH/Jones (Spring QT)
OC/Smith 3 (Fall DCC, some of them...)
This flight is somewhat wide open since HP is already qualified. Brookhaven has to be an early favorite but they look to be light on singles although they have two unknowns on the roster so that might help them. Brighton isn't a bad addition and might be able to keep Cliff and William in doubles where they are much more dangerous. I find it hard to get excited about the other two country club teams (CC and Eldorado) LBH Jones coming back to 4.0 should be interesting and I think they will do well. The mystery will be how the splitting of the OC teams will work out. They all seem to be evenly balanced and all pretty good but are any of them deep enough to make it through a regular season at the top. TBar is so deep they have to be dangerous each week and I think they and BH will finish behind HP in this flight
HP/Bazan (SWAT) (Fall runner-up)
Garland/Sisk (Only lost to HP/Bob and OC last season)
Lakes (Spring and Fall DCC)
I guess the SWAT team and Durdy Garland would have to be the favs here. I am rooting for John so it will be tough to be in the same flight but luckily there is more than one spot to take. Brookhaven has missed out on the playoffs the last two go arounds but is still strong. The Lakes has lost a lot of players and I am not sure how they will recover but they still have some good options. Stonebridge has been on a little decline mainly due to singles play but there doubles teams much like BH will make them a threat to the top two. I think this is the stronger Eldorado team but the roster seems a little small to make a serious run week in and week out. The rest of this flight seems a little inexperienced at this level but I will not underestimate any of them. Good luck to flight B.
LBH/Hicks (Spring QT)
BH/Pearlman (Fall DCC)
GH/Arnette (Spring and Fall DCC)
This one is hard to call. I guess BH has to be the favorite although Renwick is not on the roster quite yet and that would make them a solid fav in this flight but even without them they are pretty solid. GH will always be in the mix and LBH might not be the same without Ratana and Walker. I like the Village who narrowly missed making it to the Fall DCC. They have some good doubles but will need to improve in singles this season to make a run at the top. Royal Oaks is the wildcard team here. They have a great 4.5 team but how will this venture to 4.0 go, I have a feeling they will do well but it will also come down to singles if they wish to have a great first season. The rest of this crew doesn't get me all that excited although since there is no dominant team here past BH, 2nd and 3rd place could be taken by just about any of these teams if things fall right for them.
Springpark/Walters (Spring DCC winner, sectional finalist)
OC/Smith (Fall DCC, most of them...)
LTF (Spring and Fall DCC)
Team Eddie should bounce back strong although no Tikashi or Forrest from the last two season and those two were big components of their team but hopefully Eddie will be back on the court. OC should be good but some of their big guns are on the other team so who knows. Garland has some solid talent that didn't end up with Big John so I think they will be tough. Springpark has the usual suspects back and I am guessing Mitch will be joining the crew very soon since he was downrated. The rest of the teams are somewhat new but I am not quite sure I see anything on their rosters...yet...that could trouble the top teams in this flight.
I am looking forward to some real tennis very soon. I will update again once we know some more on the 4.0 league.