Round 15 of the Barossa, Light and Gawler senior tennis season saw the finals aspirations of pre-season title fancy Tod St all but evaporate on Friday evening.
Tod St needed to beat in-form second-placed Nuriootpa to keep their season alive, but were denied in the cruellest of results with Nuriootpa taking the overall victory 8-78 to 8-77.
Tod St’s Ben ‘The Special’ Dickson and Simon Wundersitz were impenetrable as usual, as they have been all season, but with an inconsistent playing roster they have faced an uphill battle to secure overall wins.
For Nuriootpa, Kate Schmidt and Kimberley Seelander continued their good form. In an interesting move, Schmidt has dropped to number two on the roster despite being her teams’ standout performer.
Is this Grant Daniel’s tactical hand being shown on the eve of the playoffs? Only time will tell…
Tanunda hosted Vine Vale on a cool, crisp Friday evening and the Magpies found the Vine ripe for the picking as they proceeded to crush the Vale 14-101 to 2-40.
Tanunda’s Amanda Reilly returned from a leisurely weekend of sampling McLaren Vales finest to deliver her own special vintage, and with husband Trent ‘The Baker’ Reilly handing out yet another piping hot bagel, Vine Vale was never in the hunt against a Tanunda team that heads towards the playoffs full of confidence.
Vine Vale battled hard but only the class of Megan Samain prevented a 16-0 whitewash on the evening.
Kapunda,15-105, burst the bubble of South Lyndoch, 1-50, springing a selection surprise in the process.
Kapunda’s David Matters announced his (premature) retirement following last year’s grand final loss to Xavier, only to appear on Friday night in an unbeaten display.
Despite the one-sided score , South Lyndoch made the Bombers work for the victory with many matches the result of a single break.
Next weekend’s round 16 is ‘last chance saloon’ for Tod St as they face the unbeaten ‘Complete-o’ led Xavier in an attempt to keep their flatlining season alive.
With Tanunda on a bye, Tod St hold the fabled ‘mathematical chance’ of making the playoffs, and with Ben ‘The Special’ Dickson firing, anything is possible.
Division 2 playoffs look to be settled as Virginia’s men went down 16-96 to 0-0 forfeit against their closest playoff spot rival, Tod St Blue.
Virginia will now drop to sixth after being as high as third just a handful of weeks ago.
With victory over Tod St Gold, Tod St D3 is now the only team with a slim chance of preventing Tod St Blue from joining Willaston, Roseworthy, and Lyndoch in the Division 2 finals series.