Merger aids competitiveness

SOUTH Gawler and Lyndoch Tennis clubs have combined their division one sides this Barossa, Light & Gawler combined division one season, after struggling with numbers, to become South Lyndoch.

South Gawler has battled with numbers in recent seasons, which has seen it struggle results wise.

However, following the amalgamation with Lyndoch, which didn’t field a division one side last summer, South Lyndoch has become a stronger and more competitive unit.

South Gawler’s Sue Ruciack said the merger was about numbers and the strength of players.

“We, basically, came together to increase our numbers, so we had one team,” she said.

“Lyndoch didn’t have a division one team last year, and we could certainly do with Lyndoch’s stronger male players.

“We’ve had a long relationship with Lyndoch because most of our players play together in the same team as one another on a Wednesday night in a Barossa competition.

“It was a natural progression, really.”

Despite combining for this season, Ms Ruciack said that South would still have put a team in had it not combined with Lyndoch.

“We would’ve still had a team,” she said.

“We play 50 percent of our home matches at the Gawler Association courts and the other 50 percent at Lyndoch.

“At the moment we’re still struggling with numbers as we have a couple of players with injuries, but that’s no different from any other team.”