Sunday, April 3, 2011

4.0 Spring Season set to begin

So I have a moment so I thought I would put up some preseason thoughts although I know things will change as new additions arrive on lineups over the next few weeks. It is strange that we had a drop off this year of about 100 players and 2 teams. There are some other teams that have split to make more teams so talent is spread out even more which should pave the way for favorites to roll on to the playoffs but the last few seasons there has been a surprise team in the playoffs so I doubt this year will be any different.

Flight A:
Favorites: Only one favorite here and that is Lifetime Fitness our reigning Fall champ. Some new additions plus almost all there team back minus their front line singles guys. This flight is rather weak so they will not be tested even if Stephen or Alan went out and played singles. :)
Contenders: Eldorado and LB Houston will fight it out for the 2nd spot. LB Houston did make the Fall playoffs with essentially the same roster but Eldorado is right on par with their talent. Eagles Landing hung out in the middle of their flight in the Fall and if either of these teams falter they might have a chance to sneak up.
Fretz, Westlake, Springpark, Royal Oaks and Village. None of these teams are bad but I just don't see anything on their roster that could have me put them near the top. With that said the contenders here are not strong so 2nd place is truly available to anyone who wants it.

Flight B:
Favorites: Garland looks to jump back to the top of the pack after some fall "work" on gaining back some old players. Canyon Creek returns a solid roster and I actually think might just be the strongest team in this flight. I don't see any others really touching these two teams in this flight.
Stonebriar, Lifetime/Kaiser, Springpark and Fretz all have middle of the pack written all over them. A few strengths on each squad and would say Fretz is a solid 3rd but will have a tough time catching one of the top two teams.
Northwood, Gleneagles and Westlake. All have one or two good players but not enough to be considered a team that could win week in and week out.

Flight C:
Favorites: Greenhill and Team Bob meet again in regular season play. I have to say I think Greenhill might have the angle on 1st place in this flight but you never know what Mr. Bob has under his sleeve since I guess he won't be playing any 4.5 tennis.
Dallas Country Club and Springpark have some good players but not enough to go up against the depth of either of the favorites.
Gleneagles, Canyon Creek, Huffhines and OC/Bogle 2 could have asprirations of 3rd or 4th place but really would be hard to go much higher with their rosters.

Flight D:

Favorites: The SWAT team and the Lakes meet again and I see us both returning to our fall positions of 1. SWAT and 2. Lakes.
Contenders: Stonebridge has some quality experienced players including the return of Cocoran and Brookhaven has a interesting mixture but not enough strength up top to aspire higher than 3rd place.
Huffhines, Eldorado, Samuel Grand and Fair Oaks. I honestly don't know all that much about these rosters other than their recent history and that history shows this about where they will finish although their are some solid players on each team.

Flight E:
Favorites: Village and Brookhaven Pearlman will fight it out here, again doesn't it seem like these two were just in the same flight last time around, I could be wrong but either way I see the two of them at the top but it is no slam dunk as it is in other flights.
T Bar has mastered the art of finishing 3rd or 4th although they have bubbled up to be a playoff team every so often and this might just be their year if all goes in their favor. Oak Creek is curious here with such a small roster I would think there needs to be some more talent added to make this team into a real contender.
Pretenders: Hackberry, Garland, Canyon Creek and JCC. Nothing on these rosters say anything more than they are in it for the regular season only.