Round 11 of the BLG summer tennis season saw the mighty Xavier Saints begin 2018 in the same fashion as it finished 2017 – complete domination.
Spearheaded by the untouchable Indi-Arna Morris and Robert ‘Complete-o’ Polito, Xavier (15-106) comfortably accounted for South Lyndoch (1-36), posing the question, who, if anyone, can stop the Xavier Saints juggernaut?
Morris was again unbeaten for the night and Polito is proving himself as Australian sports most dominant number three since West Coast’s Chris Judd.
South Gawler’s men were competitive on the doubles court, with Toby Griffiths and Robert Janssen taking a win.
Mel Ruciack, of South, suffered a nasty ankle injury in the opening rubber and took no further part in proceeding.
We wish Mel a full and speedy recovery.
Polito is proving himself as Australian sports most dominant number three since West Coast’s Chris Judd.Haydn Leo
Tod Street (12-96) continued its topsy-turvy season with a much-needed win over Vine Vale (4-49).
Tod Street is relying heavily on its star trio of Ben Dickson, Simon Wundersitz and Amy Turner to deliver wins, and this week the support cast of Renata Heintze and Brianna Done came to the party.
Vine Vale’s Wayne Noack had an entertaining singles victory over ten-year-old Bryan Dickson, a win Noack may one day tell his grandchildren about.
Nuriootpa (12-97) has taken a firm grip on the double chance with a solid win over Tanunda (4-58).
Nuriootpa ladies Kate Schmidt and Renee Davis laid a solid foundation for victory with five wins between them, with Ken Hodges and Tim Grace adding another five.
Tanunda’s Amanda Reilly fought a lone hand winning two ladies sets, and in an attempt to outshine his wife, Trent ‘The Baker’ Reilly served Nuriootpa coach Grant Daniel a fresh bagel in the fourth singles rubber, sweeping to an emphatic victory in fine style.
Tanunda have a big six weeks ahead as they attempt to stave off the Tod Street challenge for the final play-off spot.
Meanwhile, in division two, Roseworthy went from pretender to contender with an upset win of epic proportions over previously unbeaten Willaston, 8-79 to 8-69.
Roseworthy has been crowing about its chances of toppling Willaston, and one hopes that a crow-like finals performance doesn’t undermined the brilliant performance of last Friday night.
A Female domination in singles set up the win, Carrie-Anne Mewett’s stunningly lop-sided win over Willaston gun Angela Edwards being the highlight.
Tod Street Blue (12-83) continued its quiet march up the ladder into fourth position with a solid win over cross-town rivals Tod Street Gold (4-56).
Lyndoch (10-76) had a solid win over a stumbling Virginia (6-61).