Saints ace Street for final berth

Finals fever has hit the Barossa, Light and Gawler Combined competition, with a thrilling clash between the top two rounding up play.

Tod Street v Xavier Saints

Xavier Saints has condemned Tod Street to a preliminary final clash, after it punched its ticket for the grand final fixture in two weeks time on Saturday, winning 9-93 to 7-80.

It’s been unravelling for a number of weeks for Tod Street, which has now suffered it’s third defeat in as many weeks, after a 15-match undefeated run.

It was next to impossible to split the men’s doubles, with tremendous finals tennis being played.

Ben Dickson and Jose Len earned a hard-fought 9-7 win over Jayden Ruediger and David Weekley.

Damien McGee and Rob Polito hit back hard, clawing and scratching their way to a 9-8 thriller over Darren Hatcher and Haydn Leo.

Leo and Dickson teamed up and earned a 6-4 scoreline over Ruediger and Roger Buckby.

However, Weekley and McGee ensured that Saints would claim the men’s double rubbers overall narrowly, with a 6-1 win over Len and Hatcher.

Despite the doubles success, the men’s singles went in the direction of the minor premier.

Ben Dickson defeated Jayden Ruediger 6-1, while Jose Len conquered David Weekley 6-4.

Darren Hatcher was made to work hard for his victory, beating Damien McGee 7-5.

However, Roger Buckby earned the solitary men’s win in sweet style, beating Haydn Leo 7-6.

The women’s tennis has been a remarkably strong point for Tod Street this season, but Saints ensured victory, dropping just two games.

Indi-arna Morris and Melanie Leeflang made short work of Amy Turner and Georgie Rowett, taking home a 9-5 win.

Jayne Polito and Karen Fisher were in devastating form, beating Jessica Szulc and Brianna Done 9-2.

Morris and Polito then teamed in the reverse women’s doubles, beating Turner and Done 7-5 in a thrilling contest.

Rowett and Szulc then hit back for Tod Street, taking home a 6-4 win over Leeflang and Erin Butcher.

In the women’s singles, it read that same pattern as the doubles.

Jessica Szulc was a shining light, beating Karen Fisher 6-3 to earn a much needed win for Tod Street.

Indi-arna Morris took out a 6-2 win over Amy Turner to almost bury the contest.

However, Erin Butcher and Melanie Leeflang did bury the contest for Saints, beating Brianna Done and Georgie Rowett respectively, and punching its ticket through to the grand final.

In division two tennis, Willaston advanced to the grand final after it defeated Lyndoch 9-83 to 7-73.

Willaston can have the women’s side of the team to thank, as it carried the men over the line, dropping just one game.

Scott Baker and Paul Butterworth’s contribution helped edge the game in favour of Willasotn.

Lyndoch will now face Vine Vale, after it comfortably defeated Tod Street 11-97 to 5-64.

AFTER IT: Nuriootpa's Dylan Sharman paces after the ball against Kapunda.

AFTER IT: Nuriootpa's Dylan Sharman paces after the ball against Kapunda.

SERVE UP: Nuriootpa's Bree Fay prepares to line up her serve. Photos: Jess Supple.

SERVE UP: Nuriootpa's Bree Fay prepares to line up her serve. Photos: Jess Supple.

BACK IT GOES: Kapunda's Tom Christley prepares for the ball.

BACK IT GOES: Kapunda's Tom Christley prepares for the ball.

LINING UP: Kapunda's Mandy Gerhardy lines up a return hit.

LINING UP: Kapunda's Mandy Gerhardy lines up a return hit.

SWIFT MOVEMENT: Kapunda's Mick Matters uses some smooth moves to hit back.

SWIFT MOVEMENT: Kapunda's Mick Matters uses some smooth moves to hit back.