Can the Saints be stopped?

XAVIER Saints made it six wins on the trot after defeating Kapunda by four sets in Barossa, Light & Gawler combined division one tennis on Saturday.
The Saints had a firm strong hold on the men’s matches, largely thanks to the work of Rob Polito.
Polito and Sam Walton combined for a thrilling 9-8 victory over Nick Wuttke and Harry Wuttke in the men’s doubles.
In the men’s reverse doubles, Polito and Damian McGee enjoyed a solid victory over Harry Wuttke and Chris Dunnicliff.
Polito and McGee were the only Saints men to take out their singles sets, beating Nick Wuttke and Dunnicliff, respectively.
For Kapunda, Mick Matters was solid in his performances, winning his doubles rubber with Dunnicliff and toppling Jayden Ruediger in singles action 7-6.
In the women’s games, it was a clean sweep for the Saints in the doubles sets.
Melanie Leeflang and Jayne Polito were sensational against Mandy Gerhardy and Tab MacKenzie in a 9-6 win.
However, in singles action, the Kapunda ladies were on song.
Gerhardy and Sarah Johnson both enjoyed 6-1 wins over Leeflang and Erin Efthymiou, respectively.
Amy Fisher earned the sole set in the women’s singles for the Saints.
Heading in the right direction
Tanunda’s rise up the division one table continued after it defeated an undermanned Tod Street by eight sets.
Peter Griel and Justin Menzel combined perfectly as they toppled Jose Len and Kieran Sparks 9-0.
Tod Street’s men couldn’t get near the Tanunda guys in the doubles.
Sparks and Bryan Dickson came the closest for Tod Street, which was still a 6-2 defeat against Menzel and Trent Reilly.
Len took the only set of the day in the men’s singles for Tod Street, beating Griel 6-4.
There was a positive for Tod Street, however, with the class of Amy Turner shining through.
Turner teamed with Renata Heintze in double’s action, and overcame Leanne Plowman and Madelene Beckmann 9-2.
Turner again faced Plowman, this time in single’s action, and didn’t drop a game on the way to a 6-0 win.
However, it wasn’t enough for Tod Street, underlined by the dominance of Tammie Menzel.
Menzel dominated, dropping only two games across all three of her sets.
Vale forfeits
In the final game of the round, Nuriootpa took a forfeit victory over Vine Vale, which moves it up to second spot on the table.

Jack Hudson


Growing up in Gawler, Jack has taken on a variety of journalistic roles while still studying for his Bachelor of Journalism and Creative Writing degree. He began his career at The Bunyip as a weekend football writer, before taking on roles with The Footy Budget and The Cricket Chronicle and then earning his first part-time gig at the Barossa Herald. Now returning to The Bunyip, Jack also has a keen interest in footy and soccer, as well as a passion for gaming and reading.

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