Round 12 of the BLG Summer tennis season began with a finals-shaping encounter between division one combatants Tanunda and Tod Street.
Big ‘outs’ affected both teams, Tanunda without smiling assassins Amanda and Trent Reilly, while Tod Street lost Amy Turner to a New Caledonian coral related injury which threatened a lower limb amputation.
Tanunda prevailed 10-93 to 6-71, absorbing the impact of Tod Street’s power brokers Ben “The Special’ Dickson and the silky smooth Simon Wundersitz, climbing to third on the ladder.
Tanunda’s Peter Gneil continues to impress, snatching a vital tie break win over Dickson.
Tanunda’s ladies quartet secured the victory with a seven sets to one domination, with only Renata Heintze hitting the score sheet for Tod Street with a great win at top single.
Nuriootpa (13-100) made very light work of close neighbour Vine Vale (3-55).
Nuriootpa, lurking ominously in second place, is quietly maintaining pressure on unbeaten ladder leaders Xavier.
Doubles success is a sure sign of a cohesive team unit, and Nuriootpa was utterly dominant on the doubles court again this week in an even team effort.
Vale’s only highlight for the night came as Wayne Noack took his second singles victory in succession, this time over young gun Chris Hooper.
With four rounds left in the season and no chance of finals play, Vine Vale would be well advised to begin the search for quality at the top of its roster in an effort to be competitive next season.
An ‘InComplete-o’ Xavier (11-101) saw off Kapunda (5-87), dumping the Bombers to fourth on the ladder.
With Robert ‘Complete-o’ Polito in Melbourne for the Australian Open, Xavier came under intense pressure on the night, being taken to a number of match deciding tie-breakers.
In what is becoming a trend this season, Xavier stood tall in the clutch moments as Damien McGee drew on his vast experience at the coalface to seal two tie-break wins, while Jayden Reudiger and Sam Walton secured one tie-break to turn what could have been yet another eight all result into a comfortable win.
In division two, Virginia decided early that they couldn’t take the heat and meekly raised the white flag of surrender to a rampant Roseworthy, in the process sinking a full game plus percentage out of the top four.
A very costly decision by Virginia not to take the court on what turned out to be a beautiful night for tennis.
Willaston, as expected, bounced back from its first loss of the season with a 15-99 to 1-37 win over Tod Street division three.
Angela Edwards and Tanya Pettrey came switched on for Willaston, showing absolutely no mercy, giving up a miserly three games over five sets on the night.
In the nights final match, Tod Street Blue 12-78 destroyed Willaston United 4-61 to consolidate fourth spot on the ladder.