Struggle continues for Vine Vale

Round five of the BLG Summer Tennis season hit off on Friday night as Tanunda 10-87 battled past Vine Vale 6-57.

The first five rounds have proven to be tough for Vine Vale, with its men’s quartet struggling to make the grade consistently.

Friday night saw this trend continue, with the Tanunda men in Peter Gniel, Justin Menzel, Trent Reilly and Glenn Edwards sweeping all eight sets for the loss of only twelve games.

Vine Vale’s ladies were only marginally less impressive as Vanessa Lambert, Megan Samain, Sharee Richardson and Jen Noack took the first five ladies sets to stay alive.

Tanunda’s victory was assured when Amanda Reilly took a convincing win over Jodie Dahlitz 6-2.

Tod Street took yet another narrow victory, this time over Nuriootpa, 9-80 to 7-68.

In a bizarre turn of events, Tod Street iron man Jose Len suffered a calf muscle tear in the warm up, yet still took the court to assist Ben Dickson, Simon Wundersitz and Zeke Mumford in anchoring the overall win.

Amy Turner, stung into action after a shocking singles loss last week, dominated the court for Tod Street as her teammates folded meekly to a Nuriootpa ladies team headed by the unbeaten Natalie Hooper.

The match of the Day between Tod Street king pin Ben Dickson and young gun Zeke Mumford, and Nuriootpa’s evergreen pairing of Tim Grace and Grant Daniel, saw Tod Street seal victory with a very high quality 6-4 victory.

Kapunda 11-100 took a big win over South Lyndoch 5-70.

South Lyndoch’s loss came despite the best efforts of heavy hitters Robert Janssen and Melissa Ruciack, and the classy Alan Carmody, who each won two sets on the day. For the victorious Kapunda, Sarah Johnson went undefeated on the day, as did Father and Son duo Nick and Harry Wuttke.

In Division two, the Tod Street derby between Tod Street division three and Tod Street Blue saw division three take a brilliant 9-75 to 7-64 win.

Division three’s Jason Rozman and Stewart Baum set up the win with dominant displays on the day.

Blue’s Oscar Page scored a very controlled singles victory to take his first senior win, while division three lady Liz Polljonker was undefeated, as was Rebecca Leo for Blue.

The match of the day saw Blue’s Keely Silvy defeat division three’s Annemarie Nicolai in an entertaining tie breaker.

A top of the table clash saw Willaston defeat Lyndoch 9-78 to 7-69.

In what must surely be a grand final preview, the victory was underpinned by the class of Willaston’s Angela Edwards, Tanya Pettrey, Christina Lim and Nicole Stojko.

Lyndoch’s men fought hard to take five sets but it will take an outstanding effort for any team to unlock the riddle of the Willaston ladies quartet.

Roseworthy 11-82 comfortably defeated Willaston United 5-58 with Roseworthy’s Trent Mewett and lady Sam Davies each dominating their matches.

Kylee Carmody and Janelle Payne both took two sets for Willaston United on the afternoon.