Before the blog becomes too stale, I figured the next thing on the horizon worth commenting on is the upcoming Sectionals for 40 and over. This should be a great weekend down in San Antonio, with both Men’s and Women’s teams at levels 3.5, 4.0, and 4.5+ traveling. My guess is the Riverwalk Marriot will be one hopping place on Saturday night.
What I like about the 40 and over league is that it really does sift out a lot of the riff raff you see in 18+ and over. There are no self-rates, and no young ringers. Pretty much the playing field is level with everyone playing where they are supposed to be. And whoever the psyco is with the obsession of Kelly, 4.5 is a 4.5+ league, allowing 5.0 players, so don’t pollute the blog with your Kelly rantings.
So here is the low down for the weekend:
3.5 MenKeith Clark’s team is representing Dallas, and should represent well. His team is comprised of many of the players he had on his 18+ team that reached the semi-finals at Sectionals, only falling to Freeman’s Houston team. Clark’s team will need to be juiced and ready to go out of the gates, as they face Houston first thing at 7:00 A.M Friday morning, followed by playing Wild San Antonio at 11:30 A.M.
The good news is that this is a different Houston team, and only one player on their roster played on Freeman’s 18 and over Sectional team. The fact that Clark took 2 out of the 3 doubles lines, and the dubs they did drop were to self-rates, I like their odds. Wild San Antonio is a bit of a different story. Their team is mainly comprised of players that also played 18 and over. While their team was undefeated in flight play, they went 0-3 in City Playoffs and did not make the trip to Sectionals. If Dallas wins both matches on Friday, they should be playing in the finals on Sunday morning.
4.0 MenGreg Wiley’s team is representing Dallas, with Tom Peterson’s team representing Dallas Wild. Wiley has an impressive roster with top players from Le’s and Sisk’s teams with a few other of his Garland and Lifetime buddies.. Wiley’s team was not that fortunate with the draw, getting Wild Houston in their flight. Unfortunately, Wild Houston is rostered with several players that played on Freeman’s 18 and over team that thumped everyone in Sectionals just weeks ago. The good news is, the other 2 teams in his flight are not that strong, and should be good warm up matches before their showdown which is on Saturday at 11:30 A.M. If Wiley gets past Houston, I like their chances to go all the way.
Peterson was a little bit luckier and has Midland, Amarillo, and San Antonio in their flight. This is a solid team, but a bit of an eclectic collection of players that looks primarily like a merger of Lakes players (some who defected to Garland and others who didn’t) with Klamecki’s Wagon Wheel team, graced with the presence of Ohl & Beers from Greenhill. Outside of Klamecki being on the team, I see no reason they don’t win their flight easily, with perhaps a little bit of a fight with S.A. While I haven’t had time (nor the energy or patience with Tennislink) to analyze all of the teams, my guess is they face Houston in the Semis. Since Wild Houston appears to be the stronger of the Houston teams, I tip favor to Wild Dallas to get out of the Semis and make the finals. If Wiley beats Wild Houston, they should face NOHO in the Semis, and we could have an all Dallas final. Now that would be a nice payback to Houston!!
4.5 + MenAs stated before, the plus sign is there for a reason, because this is 4.5 + 5.0's. Dallas is represented by Greenhill Sweeney and has none other than Mr. Kelly on his roster along with Bent Tree’s Craig Bell, Spring Park’s Abbruzzese, and 3 other 5.0s. Looks like a solid team. But in the same flight they have Fort Worth which is Marc Rossouw’s Wagon Wheel team. Marc did it again building an impressive roster of notable 4.5s from across the city to form a super team. This time, I think he has the man power to go all the way. While my knowledge of 4.5 players is limited, I like Sweeney’s team, but I think I like Roussouw’s team better (or at least know more of his players). He has Myers, Feldman, Miles, Durten, Schwartz, and Mudsam, just to name a few, along with a couple of 5.0 rated players.
In the opposing flight is Houston, San Antonio, and Austin. While your inclinations would default to choosing Houston, you have to refrain as this is not a Freeman team, and none of these players were playing at the 18 and over Sectionals just weeks ago. While I didn’t have the inclination to look up San Antonio’s team and Austin’s team, to see if they had any players playing in 18 and over Sectionals, I still think that whoever wins the showdown at 4:00 PM on Saturday between Dallas and Fort Worth, ends up bringing home the title, regardless of who they face.
So there is my quick and dirty preview to the upcoming weekend in San Antonio. As much as I would like to be a part of the action at the downtown Marriot Riverwalk, I will be camping up north since all of our matches are at Blossom. Good luck to all teams, and lets bring some titles back home for Dallas !!!