Tennis — 29 March 2014

The tennis finals are finally here and only the best teams will survive as the action heats up in all divisions.

In division one, Nuriootpa breezed past Lyndoch Gold to secure its spot in the grand final match, winning 12 sets-92 games to 7 sets-78 games.

Nuriootpa secured all four opening sets thanks to solid efforts from Alexander Reincke, Grant Daniels, Kylie Falkenberg and Nathan Pope.

Its dominance continued into the singles, with 6-0 victories going to Dylan Sharman and Reincke. The rest of the afternoon was all one way, as Nuriootpa stormed home to send Lyndoch into the preliminary play-off.

In a do-or-die final, Vine Vale (9-92) edged out Kapunda Red (7-78), and will now battle against Lyndoch Blue for a spot in the  grand final.

The day was evenly divided throughout with no team able to sneak away. A crucial final doubles win by Brenton Klau and Nathan Absolon saw Vine Vale clinch victory  by a tight margin.

Division two saw the undefeated Willaston Red (6-55) sustain a first loss of the season, going down to Nuriootpa (10-77), in a close battle.

Nuriootpa gained the ascendancy early, with vital mixed doubles wins putting it ahead. Nuriootpa’s men dominated in the singles, while Willaston’s ladies kept their side close.

Jodie Chester, Nicole Stojko and Angela Edwards all performed well. However, it wasn’t enough and now Willaston Red will square off against Willaston Blue in a must win final.

Jason Rozman’s impressive form led Willaston Blue (11-80) to a preliminary final berth with a victory against Willaston United (5-58).

Division three saw some close finals, with Vine Vale defeating Virginia 9-69 to 7-72, and Lyndoch Blue beating Lyndoch Gold 9-79 to 7-61.

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