The five captains in this year's autumn competition have very different ideas on how to tackle matches and will need to tread very carefully as one false move could prove very costly in missing or making this year's grand final. Let's have a look at the captains and their form:
ALLYSON SCHUMACHER - A very experienced captain who knows her player's capabilities.
If the chips are down the Iron Lady will rally behind her troops to get them over the line. Schumacher will not be intimidated by on-court tactics from her opponents and is one of the most respected captains in this competition. As a rating out of ten to take her side to grand final glory, a nine.
DAVID CRAFT - This will be Craft's first role as captain since joining the club but is not to be underestimated. Craft has had plenty of experience in his career and will no doubt have his players groomed for the big matches.
Can he steer his side to a grand final win? A rating of eight out of ten.
JUDY SMITH - Not renowned for her captain's role but has the experience to burn. Smith has the uncanny knack of regrouping her players if the chips are down. If Smith has her nose in front of her matches she will instruct her side to go for it, as fortune favours the brave. Will it be her year as captain to win the grand final. A rating of seven out of ten.
DAVID BANT - This guy is not to be underestimated as a captain as he has been in this role many times before. Bant is a good leader with excellent communication skills with his players. He doesn't panic in his matches and will no doubt have his side in peak form when approaching the big matches. Is that grand final trophy going home with his side? An 8 -1/2 out of ten ratings.
JOHN BULLOCK - This guy has been around as long as Vegemite. Slugger has won a record six grand finals as captain with one of his grand final wins the biggest win in the club's history in a grand final 11 sets to one. Slugger Bullock is a captain that everyone fears, as he has the uncanny knack of pulling that trump card out of his hat to perfection. Will it be lucky number seven for Slugger in this year's grand final. A rating of nine out of ten.
There you have the captains and their form. Which captain has the nerves of steel to take that coveted grand final cup? Time will tell. After losing last year's annual clash against the highly respected North Bridge tennis club, the 16 players to take part in this year's event have decided that boot camp is the only solution if they are to win this year and are now posted at a secret location.
Match conveyor Iron Lady Allyson Schumacher believes we need to toughen up if we are to beat the city team." It's going to be like the movie Private Benjamin, grooming our players in becoming the Gladiators of Eglinton." Schumacher said.
Keep posted as our selection committee will have the teams selected within the next month. Well, folks another great round of tennis at the biggest little club in the west. I'll leave you with a little tennis saying my dad told me as a youngster." To be a great champion you have to be a gracious loser." Good Hitting.