KAPUNDA has brought reigning division one champion Nuriootpa crashing back to Earth, winning 8-83 to 8-78 in round five of Barossa & Gawler Combined Tennis on Saturday.
Fresh from a 16-0 annihilation of South Gawler last week, Nuriootpa’s inability to field a full team was the difference as Kapunda rallied late in the day to claim a last-gasp victory.
David Matters, Mandy Gerhardy and Sarah Johnson were solid for Kapunda, while Emma Keys and Breanna Fay were the best for Nuriootpa.
Second-placed Xavier was, again, impressive, with a thorough 14-105 to 2-46 victory over winless Tanunda.
Fatherhood seems to be agreeing with Damian McGee, as he continued a rich vein of form with three valuable wins.
Robert Polito dropped only two games in three matches on the day to claim household bragging rights this week over wife, Jayne, who paired with Mel Leeflang to lose the top double in the day’s only surprising result.
Xavier has started the season in good shape after a promising, yet fruitless, 2015/16 campaign.
In the final division one match, front runner Tod Street scored a routine 13-99 to 3-43 win over an injury-ravaged South Gawler.
Tod Street swept the men’s matches – Jose Len, Haydn Leo and Simon Wundersitz each took singles victories without the loss of a single game, while power hitter Ben Dickson continues to prove himself as the standout player of the competition.
The highlight of the day came late as Tod Street ladies Amy Turner and Heather Jayson held off South Gawler mother and daughter duo Sue and Courtney Ruciack 7-5.
Tod Street’s victory sets up a blockbuster top of the table showdown with cross-town rival Xavier in what could be match of the season thus far.
In division two, Willaston claimed top spot with a comfortable 10-84 to 6-63 victory over ladder-leader Tod Street.
Willaston ladies Angela Edwards and Christina Lim were outstanding, leading an 8-0 sweep against a relatively inexperienced Tod Street ladies’ line-up.
Tod Street’s men added respectability to the scoresheet, with Corey Menzel and Chris Modra the best on the day.
Xavier’s division two team recorded a nail-biting 8-71 to 8-70 victory over Lyndoch.
Xavier’s Carolyn Thorne was the hero of the day for the Saints, winning all three of her matches without the loss of a single game in what was, undoubtedly, the difference in the end.
The win consolidates Xavier in third position on the table.
In division three, pacesetters Roseworthy destroyed second-placed Virginia 13-82 to 3-51.
Britney Mathison and Dion Mewitt were the standout performers for Roseworthy, which kept its unbeaten record intact.