All eyes were on Lucindale Tennis Club in Round 6 as the Tennis SA State League All Stars made their way to the South East.
Despite difficult conditions, it was a weekend filled with high quality tennis.
Play kicked off Friday evening where Kingston hosted Robe Rebels, then continued into Saturday with matches between Frances/Lucindale Eagles v Robe Roosters and Lucindale Wombats v Beachport.
Kingston 15-132 d Robe Rebels 9-111
With heavy rains earlier in the day, we were worried there was going to be no tennis played Friday night, however the ‘weather gods’ blessed us with humid and overcast conditions which allowed all matches to be played.
Kingston won four out of six mixed doubles to provide them with a good lead at the start of the night.
The Rebels turned it around quickly, winning four men’s singles to even the score.
The Kingston ladies shone, winning five out of six singles, however the game score did not reflect the strong battles had on the court with many deuces had in all games.
Match of the day went to bottom men’s double.
It was great tennis to watch under lights as the match finished 10-8 to Kingston’s T. Crane/K. Lehmann.
Three set winners were Robe – Jed Regnier and Travis Woodard, Kingston – Alex Menz, Abby Mules, Kym Lehmann, Nicola Crane and Jorja Mules.
Frances Lucindale Eagles 17-138 d Robe Roosters 7-77
Tennis was the winner on Saturday at Lucindale.
Two young fellows Sidney Hawker (Eagles) and Harry Austin (Roosters) played in the senior competition and played very well for their respective teams.
Harry Austin won two sets for the day and Sid Hawker won one.
The Eagles went on to win comfortably over the Roosters.
Three set winners all came from the Eagles: Tarrant Fudge, Craig Jones, Bob Williams, Jane Fitzgerald and Flo Berguwin.
Lucindale Wombats 19-140 d Beachport 5-99
With an awesome All Stars round, the Wombats had a few team shuffles through the week, but were keen to play Beachport at home on the grass.
The Wombats came ready to play and won 19 sets to 5 to a slightly short Beachport side.
The Wombats took five of the six mixed doubles.
There was a close tussle between Robertson/E. Longbottom (LW) going down 5-7 to Stock/C. Schultz (B).
The Wombats extended their lead, securing another five sets, in the ladies singles.
Andrea Buckett put on a dominant display winning 6-0 over Emma Chambers.
Jack Grundy then had a fantastic marathon match to beat Allan Schultz in a tie breaker with lots of long rallies.
This was easily the match of the day.
Three set winners all came from the Wombats – Heidi Ware, Andrea Buckett, Bron Longbottom, Jack Grundy, Adrian Maywald, Mark Buckett and Sam Crocker.
Naracoorte defeated Penola (by forfeit)
It’s shaping up be an interesting season with three rounds left until Christmas.
Kingston is sitting comfortable in top position.
They will travel to Beachport in Round 7 for a what could be an interesting match up if both teams field strong sides.
Frances/Lucindale Eagles sit in second.
They’ll be looking to make a move for top place when they take on Penola.
Other matches in Round 7 will see the Robe Roosters host the Lucindale Koalas, while the Robe Rebels will travel to Naracoorte.