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The Courier SPORT Wednesday, March 16, 2016 – PAGE 7
Onkaparinga have won the right to contest
the 2015-16 Hills Tennis Association Division
1 Doubles premiership after a hard fought win
over Summertown last Saturday.
The two combatants met in last season’s preliminary
final which resulted in a four-set win to Summertown,
Stirling Blue overcame compatriots
Stirling White in a spirited Hills
Division 1 mens tennis preliminary
final at Stonehenge Reserve last
Saturday to earn a place in the
As the afternoon progressed, the
oppressive humidity threatened to take its
toll on the veteran Blues line-up.
The match commenced early to
accommodate Stirling club coach and
White’s number one player Bill Walter, who
had a wedding engagement.
Blues regulars Paul Juzulenas and Neil
Sandercock – in their 25th season at Stirling
got their team off to a flying start with a
6-2, 6-2 win over Walter and promising
youngster Will Taylor.
On the adjoining court, White’s David
Pienaar/Brandon Wall turned the tables on
Rob Suter/Ian Campbell 6-3, 6-3, leaving
the match evenly poised.
Sandercock took on classy fill-in Matt
Adams in the number two singles berth.
After sprinting through a 6-2 win in the first
set, scores tightened for a tight second set
tie-breaker before Sandercock could close
out the rubber.
Blue’s number one Juzulenas played his
best tennis for several weeks to easily
account for big serving Wall, giving his
team a handy lead.
A tally of the scoresheet registered that the
Blues boys now needed just nine games
from the remaining two singles for the
Pienaar’s big shot-making was proving too
much for Suter, and Campbell struggled
early against 12-year-old Taylor.
As the final two matches progressed,
the Blue’s games tally grew closer to the
A final sprint to the line took Campbell to a
6-3 triumph over Taylor and the preliminary
final was decided with the Blues getting
over the line three rubbers seven sets 54
games to two rubbers four sets 43 games.
Stirling Blue will now take on hot favorite
Littlehampton for the crown at Anembo Park
Hills Division 1 mens preliminary final
Stirling Blue 3-7-54 d Stirling White
Doubles: P. Juzulenas/ N. Sandercock
v. B. Walter/W. Taylor 6-2, 6-2; R. Suter/ I.
Campbell v. B. Wall/D. Pienaar 3-6, 3-6.
Singles: P. Juzulenas v B. Wall 6-1, 6-2; N.
Sandercock v. M . Adams 6-2, 7-6; R. Suter v.
D. Pienaar 5-7, 2-6; I. Campbell v. W. Taylor
Stirling have also progressed through to
another grand final in the cut-throat Eastern
Districts metropolitan mens Division 1
Comprehensively outplayed in the early
sets against East Torrens-Kensington
Gardens (ETKG), the visiting Stirling
combination trailed 4-1 with the final three
Callum Morgan fought tenaciously to take
his match in a tie-breaker for his team’s
second victory, but Stirling still trailed by
two sets and six games.
Talented number one James Whisson and
number two Tom Pope both trailed early in
their singles and the match appeared to be
When Whisson trailed 6-4 and Pope 6-5,
ETKG needed just a single game for victory.
However, the Stirling duo refused to give
in and incredibly rattled off a string of nine
consecutive games to take the match to a
draw with sets and games even.
Teams scrambled for the rule book to
confirm how to proceed to determine a
The solution was for both doubles to return
to the court for another set.
Stirling were now running on adrenalin
and raced through both sets 6-1 and 6-3
to claim an unlikely victory and progress
though to the Eastern Districts grand final.
Onkas earn title tilt
however, 12 months later Onkaparinga were able to
reverse the result and register a tight nine sets 71 games
to seven sets 71 games victory.
The do-or-die battle at Summertown’s Tregarthen
Reserve courts promised much and lived up to
expectations, particularly as the opening mixed sets
were shared at two apiece.
Close sets continued to be the trend, with the mens
bracket also being well balanced at three wins to each
Josh Tuckfield was a strong contributor at number one
for Summertown, picking up three comfortable victories,
including a 6-0 success with Alex Drews.
Ian Dohnt and Dean Kovarskis both claimed two sets
The visitors gained the decisive edge in the womens
category, winning four of the six sets on offer.
Deahn Copeland was able to complete the afternoon
undefeated for Onkaparinga, while Tayla Day won two
sets, as Summertown were denied a third successive
appearance in the grand final.
Having finished the minor rounds in third position,
Onkaparinga will now meet defending premier Uraidla
for the premiership this Saturday at Stirling’s Stonehenge
Hills Division 1 Doubles
Onkaparinga 9-71 d Summertown 7-71
Mixed: E. Tyack/T. Day v J. Tuckfield/G. Megson 3-6;
I. Dohnt/K. Gale v D. Anderson/M. Hunter 7-5; D.
Kovarskis/M. Mossop v A. Bottrill/M. Saward 1-6; P.
McDonough/D. Copeland v A. Drews/L. Trenorden 6-4.
Men: E. Tyack/I. Dohnt v J. Tuckfield/D. Anderson 2-6;
D. Kovarskis/P. McDonough v A. Bottrill/D. Davey 7-5;
E. Tyack/P. McDonough v J. Tuckfield/A. Bottrill 1-6; I.
Dohnt/T. Knight v D. Anderson/D. Davey 6-2; E. Tyack/T.
Knight v J. Tuckfield/A. Drews 0-6; I. Dohnt/D. Kovarskis v
D. Anderson/A. Bottrill 6-2.
Women: K. Gale/M. Mossop v G. Megson/M. Hunter 6-2;
D. James/D. Copeland v E. Greenwood/L. Trenorden
6-3; T. Day/M. Mossop v G. Megson/E. Greenwood
6-3; K. Gale/D. James v M. Saward/L. Trenorden 4-6; T.
Day/D. Copeland v G. Megson/E. Greenwood 6-3; M.
Mossop/D. James v M. Hunter/M. Saward 4-6.
Stirling derby clash
Tayla Day prepares to return a ball for Onkaparinga during last Saturday’s Hills Tennis
Association Division 1 Doubles preliminary final victory over Summertown.
Despite remaining undefeated for the afternoon,
Josh Tuckfield was forced out of the premiership
chase as Summertown were defeated by
Onkaparinga in Saturday’s Hills Division 1
Doubles tennis preliminary final.
Brandon Wall punches a backhand return for Stirling White during a set
in last Saturday’s tight Hills Division 1 mens tennis preliminary final
against Stirling Blue.
Kelly Golding (left) of
Lobethal and Jessica Lang
(right) from Summertown
battled hard for their
respective teams during
last Saturday’s Hills Tennis
Association Division 1
womens preliminary final.
After a keenly contested
afternoon, Lobethal won its
way into the 2015-16 grand
final with a tight three
rubbers four sets 42 games
to three rubbers four sets 38
Lobethal will challenge
minor premier Stirling
in the title decider this
Saturday at Anembo Park.
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