Round 13 of the BLG Summer Tennis season saw the end of a season long winless drought, the end of a season long unbeaten run, and the continuation of Xavier’s division one dominance.
South Lyndoch claimed its first ever win on Friday night, taking down pre-season title favourite Tod Street in fine style, 9-79 to 7-67.
The South Lyndoch Ladies quartet were unstoppable as the side claimed a clean sweep of eight sets in its pursuit of the first premiership points for the merged South Gawler and Lyndoch teams.
South’s Vanessa Kirby proved to be unplayable on the night, and one hopes to see her remain at the top of the South Lyndoch team for the rest of the season as the fight for the wooden spoon with Vine Vale intensifies.
In a fitting climax, Kirby was partnered by the former South Gawler stalwart Sue Ruciack in the victory clinching Ladies reverse doubles tie-break win.
With finals just four weeks away, Xavier continue to demoralise all and sundry, handing its closest competitor Nuriootpa a solid beatdown 10-93 to 6-70.
Xavier’s depth is such that regular top male David ‘Magnum’ Weekley was seen enthusiastically warming the bench and slicing the oranges this week.
Ace in the pack Indi-Arna Morris hasn’t required second gear this season, and with Jayden Reudiger, Damian McGee and Robert ‘Complete-o’ Polito taking wins at will, Xavier is simply counting down the days until the big dance.
The harsh reality for the rest of the competition is that only complacency seems a chance of preventing the Saints from taking back to back flags.
In the final match of the round Kapunda 13-105 defeated Tanunda 3-66.
In division two, Tod Street Blue 11-83 stunned second placed Lyndoch 5-54 to consolidate fourth spot on the ladder.
With Lyndoch’s Ryan Ogden looking to build on an ultra-impressive 10 month winning streak of 23 matches, Snapparazzi Jess was on hand to capture the action on celluloid.
Tod Street Blue’s Zeke Mumford and Jack Gibbins shouldered Haydn Leo to two comprehensive upset doubles wins, the aging Leo keeping enough in reserve to take the top single 6-2 leaving Ogden winless on the afternoon.
Tod Street Blue’s trio of thirteen-year-old girls Mackenzie Leo, Nikita Page, and Keely Silvy rounded out the upset with impressive singles victories.
Roseworthy 13-84 outplayed Tod Street Gold 3-45, maintaining ladder pressure on Willaston, who defeated Xavier in a very close encounter 9-67 to 7-63.
Virginia, with its division two playoff hopes fading, defeated winless Willaston United 13-83 to 3-45.