ROUND seven of the Gawler & Barossa Combined division one tennis season saw undefeated Tod Street come from behind to pickpocket Nuriootpa 9-79 to 7-80 on Saturday.
Nuriootpa took charge from the outset, winning both the ladies’ and top men’s doubles, with a Simon Wundersitz-led second doubles being the only early success for Tod Street.
Wundersitz carried his rich vein of form into the singles as the fightback began, with Ben Dickson, Georgie
Rowett, Amy Turner and Brianna Done joining the party to turn an early 1-6 rubber deficit into a tied 6-6 scoreline heading into the reverse doubles.
With Nuriootpa clearly ahead on games, Tod Street needed to win three of the remaining four matches for
The result came down to the final match – Nuriootpa’s Tim Grace and Ken Hodges took a 4-1 stranglehold
early, before Tod Street’s spearhead, Dickson, shouldered the load and carried his team to a last-gasp 6-4
Tod Street remains undefeated this season, with Nuriootpa holding a comfortable fourth spot on the table.
Meanwhile, Xavier’s division one team resumed with a routine 11-97 to 5-53 victory over South Gawler.
Xavier enigma Jayden Ruediger and outstanding junior Jemma Swanson came in for Xavier, as Robert and Jayne Polito enjoyed a well-earned riverside getaway.
Xavier’s dominant day was set up by men’s trio David Weekly, Damian McGee and Daniel Roe – all undefeated for the day – and ladies’ duo Erin Butcher and Carolyn Thorne.
The result sees Xavier consolidate equal second place on the table, with outright second to be decided next
week when it takes on Kapunda.
In division two, Willaston continued its merry march atop the ladder, overcoming Lyndoch 9-82 to 7-60.
Lyndoch legend Alan Carmody made a cameo appearance, remaining undefeated on the day, but the good news stopped there for Lyndoch as Willaston’s consistent Christina Lim anchored her team’s effort, supported well by star sisters Angela Edwards and Tanya Pettrey.
Tod Street leapt to third place on the log-jammed ladder after a solid 11-90 to 5-64 victory over youthful, fifth-placed Xavier.
Youngster Holly Sanders starred for Tod Street with three wins on the day, as did Renata Heintze and captain
Riley Thorne and Brodie Cormack stood out for Xavier, and Ella Thorne scored an impressive 6-1 win over
Heather Jayson in the second singles.
Division three runaway leader Roseworthy had a straight-forward 11-84 to 5-57 win over Tod Street, with Trent and Dion Mewett the unbeaten standouts.
Tod Street youngsters Tahlia Kelly, Bree Low and Stella Giannitto all had encouraging singles victories.
The Willaston Derby saw Willaston United beat Willaston 9-73 to 7-70 in a highly competitive contest.
Kelly Ellery and Anna Sumpton were undefeated for United.