Round 16, the penultimate round of the Barossa, Light and Gawler tennis summer season minor round has resulted in the division one finals combatants set in stone.
Pre-season favourites Tod St made a last gasp lunge at the playoffs, only to come up short in a topsy turvy 8-68 to 8-77 loss to the unbeaten Xavier Saints.
Tod St’s men, Ben ‘The Special’ Dickson, Simon Wundersitz, Jose Len, and Peter Rogge are the finest male quartet in the competition, and they proved just that in winning all eight sets to put their team firmly in the driver’s seat.
Xaviers’ ladies had other plans, as Talitha Holme, Jayne Polito, Karen Fisher and Amy Fisher set about dismantling a shell-shocked and dispirited Tod St ladies outfit, surrendering a paltry 15 games, keeping their season-long winning streak intact.
Second-placed Nuriootpa made light work of South Lyndoch with a comfortable 11-87 to 5-53 victory.
South’s Ed Liebelt, Alan Carmody and Robert Janssen performed well in giving their team a sniff of an upset with a five sets to three start.
The Nuriootpa ladies foursome of Kate Schmidt, Kimberley Seelander, Nat Hooper and Bev Dutschke were in no mood for charity, mercilessly taking eight sets to end any chance of a fairytale third win of the season for South.
Former Tod St division two girl Georgia Cowgill finally realised her lifelong ambition of playing in the top flight, with the dream quickly turning absolutely nightmarish as Kate Schmidt made absurdly light work of the top single, double and reverse double without the need for second gear.
Nuriootpa look primed for the finals and should have Xavier slightly unnerved at the business end of the season.
Kapunda, 14-102, sauntered their way to a huge win over Vine Vale 2-45.
With a playoffs spot sewn up for the Bombers, a confidence building win was just what the doctor ordered.
Tom Christley is hitting form at the right end of the season, and Kapunda will need him firing in the coming weeks if they are to challenge for the title.
Vine Vale will be preparing space in their closets for their tennis gear and dusting off their Crows and Port seat cushions as their season of woe draws to an agonisingly slow end.
In a positive for the Vale, Megan Samain continued her good form, and rumour has it that the CSIRO have been charged with cloning Megan in both male and female form as they look to improve their playing stock for season 2018/19.