XAVIER Saints has entered the Barossa & Gawler Combined tennis division one premiership discussion after toppling previously undefeated Tod Street over the weekend.
The Saints ran out comfortable 10-91 to 6-61 winners to open round 16 on Friday night.
Xavier took a near full-strength team into the match, completely outgunning a shell-shocked Tod Street outfit.
Saints’ X-factor, the power-laden teen sensation Indi-arna Morris, led the classy Mel Leeflang, combative Jayne Polito and athletic Erin Butcher to a commanding six sets to two result in the ladies, with only Amy Turner and Jess Szulc able to get wins for Tod Street.
Tod Street’s men were slightly more competitive, thanks to the continued brilliance of Simon Wundersitz.
Tod Street took three of the four doubles sets on offer to retain a glimmer of hope in the contest.
However, that hope was quickly extinguished by the X-Men as singles victories to Roger Buckby,
Daniel Roe, plus an entertaining victory by Jayden Ruediger over Darren Hatcher, ensured Xavier would halt Tod Street’s unbeaten run at 15 matches, and seal a top-two finish.
On a brighter note for Tod Street, 14-year-old junior Zeke Mumford made his senior debut for the club, playing outstanding tennis under intense pressure to take a tie-break doubles win amongst his three matches.
In other division one matches, Nuriootpa 14-99 defeated Tanunda 2-45, and Kapunda 14-103 defeated South Gawler 2-43.
Meanwhile, in division two, outsider Angaston scored a surprise 9-69 to 7-85 win over the highly fancied Willaston.
Angaston is locked in a three-way tussle for the last play-off position with Tod Street and Xavier.
Glenn Edwards, Matt Williams, Jasper Neilsen, Maddi Beckman and Jane Discombe starred for Angaston, with only Carl Nys and Christina Lim taking on-court victories with solid singles wins for Willaston.
Meanwhile, Xavier 11-94 made short work of Nuriootpa 5-61, thanks, in part, to the inclusion of the powerful Damian McGee and the classy Robert Polito.
McGee and Polito added calm and experience to a very young Xavier team, which proved to be invaluable on the day.
Xavier sits fifth on the table with a round to play, but faces an uphill battle to make finals with a big clash against second-placed Vine Vale looming.
In the final division three match, Tod Street may have blown its finals hopes with a 6-77 to 10-84 loss to lowly Kapunda.
Tod Street must now defeat red hot Angaston and rely on other results to fall its way, this weekend, to make the play-offs.
Finally, in division three, Roseworthy defeated Lyndoch 10-72 to 6-60, and Tod Street defeated Willaston United 12-88 to 4-51.