Wednesday, July 12, 2017
QT Time... It is the Weekend for the Worst fo the Best...
We have a four team playoff.
Life Time Fitness/Arcaria: This is a good team that probably had no playoff aspirations in March but Arcaria had some players and added some. Beavers, Takashi and Jean Nguyen are all very good 4.5s. He has some new names and they look pretty solid too. This is a good team.
Greenhill/Rossouw-Myers: I knew Marc and Brandon were BFFs but I had know idea they merged and even took each other's last name. In all seriousness, this roster suffers from a serious void of depth. It is concerning in the heat to have only 28 players on the roster. He does have some really good players with Cash, Bell, Lafavre and others. He just needs to be sure and play his best players and not spread the playing time. Marc has always been good to his players and got his extras playing time so that is a little concern.
Gleneagles/Juhn: This is a team that is surprising to see in the post season. When I look at the roster, I see a pretty good and not great 4.0 team. I am pretty sure they can keep the next weekend open.
Oak Creek/Sangren: This is a strange team. They definitely would be a force in 55s. They have some younger guys that I do not know but it is a god team. I think they will need to overachieve to see city playoffs.
In the end, it should be between Lifetime and Greenhill. If this were 18th century warfare, Greenhill would overwhelm with numbers. Since 8 can play and you only need three lines, I will take Lifetime Fitness in a close 3-2.
We have two three team flights. We even have some new party crashers that really aren't familiar with playoffs in Royal Oaks, Lakes and Canyon Creek. Congratulations to the new kids on the block.
Brookhaven/Bartlett: Bartlett has a bunch of guys that have a lot of QT experience. This looks like the same guys at the club I have been seeing at Brookhaven for a long time and really don't get to 4.5 so they are a solid group.
Lakes/Reifsnyder: This is one of the new guns. I'd like to say I see some potential ringers but I do not. they look pretty average top to bottom. I don't see enough to take down Brookhaven Brad and the Bartletts.
Royal Oaks/Templeton: Everything I just said about Lakes is rinse, wash and repeat. They are basically the same guys with different names.
Winner of Flight A: This should be a walk for Brookhaven. The only caveat is the same as others... you must play your best. This is not the time for equitable tennis time.
Flight B: This is easily the more difficult flight. All three teams in this flight are capable of winning flight A. Put Greenhill/Canyon Creek/Brookhaven in a flight and it could go any direction.
Canyon Creek/Patterson: This team has quite a few players that have been around for quite awhile. If they play their cards right, they can get three lines against anyone in the flight.
Greenhill/Ohl: This is pretty much the same as Canyon Creek. They will need to play their lines right.
Garland/Kanchi: This is the team I expect to win city playoffs and do damage at sectionals. The only surprise is they are in QT. He has 23 on his roster and if Kanchi learned from his mistakes of the past and actually play his best, he wins this flight, QT, city playoffs and maybe sectionals.
As I read this, there is a recurring theme on these captains... if they will just play their best players. I have always wondered why so many captains do not play their best and get bitten as a result.