Heavyweights do battle

Round eight of the BLG season hit off with a battle of Gawler heavyweights Xavier Saints and Tod Street.

Xavier took the honours by a solitary game earlier in the season, but this week dominated an undermanned Tod Street, 12-96 to 4-49.

Tod Street, struggling with a mass exodus of quality personnel and the absence of super consistent Simon Wundersitz, are finding wins hard to come by.

Xavier on the other hand, showcased its undeniable team unity in winning all eight doubles sets on the day, while splitting the singles sets four apiece in a very complete team effort.

Vine Vale returned from its week of respite only to be absolutely torched by a red hot Kapunda 15-110 to 1-43.

Kapunda’s male quartet hit cruise control in winning all eight sets for the loss of only fourteen games on the day.

The Bombers ladies continued the carnage, giving up only the top single as Vale’s Vanessa Lambert took a great win over Mandy Gerhardy.

In a premiership shaping coup, Kapunda’s Georgie Rowett made a very welcome return to competitive tennis this weekend, with the Bombers her new club of choice.

Save for Xavier’s gun for hire, an in-form Rowett is the premier female player in the competition, and her unbeaten return after an extended layoff will send a shudder down the collective spine of division one ladies.

Welcome back Georgie.

South Lyndoch came agonizingly close to their maiden victory with a narrow 8-78 to 8-86 loss to Nuriootpa.

Nuriootpa stalwart Grant Daniel went unbeaten on the day, with several players from both teams recording two wins each.

The pivotal match of the afternoon between Nuriootpa’s Toni Eberhard and South Lyndoch’s Melissa Ruciack was decided in a tense tie-break, with Eberhard staying rock solid to tip the result in favour of Nuriootpa.

Nuriootpa junior Imogen Davis made her division one senior debut this week, performing admirably in her three matches on the afternoon.

Well done Imogen.

Meanwhile, in division two, league leader Willaston 13-90 easily accounted for Tod Street Gold 3-34.

Willaston ladies Angela Edwards, Tanya Pettrey, and Stella Fraser swept the ladies rubbers, aided by three forfeited sets.

The men’s matches went the way of Willaston five sets to three, with Tod Street’s Keiran Sparks taking an entertaining tie-break win over an overtly aggressive and rambunctious Lucas Baker.

Lyndoch 13-91 brushed aside Willaston United 3-48.

Lyndoch’s Ryan Ogden, Tyson Leibelt, Gary Sumpton and Jack Sumpton took seven men’s sets against a United led by Gary Townsend.