Top teams flex muscles

TENNIS AND TREATS: Mexican food was on the menu during Round 6 of Southern Ports tennis at Lucindale.

THE cream of Southern Ports tennis has begun to rise to the top, with Round 6 showing some clear competition leaders.

Naracoorte flexed its muscles for an easy 20 sets to 4 win over the combined Eagles side and the Wombats, with only the one loss, look the goods, especially after smashing the undermanned Dolphins on the weekend.

However, Robe Roosters produced the upset of the round when they defeated Millicent/Beachport.

At the other end of the ladder the wooden spoon match saw the Lucindale Cockatoos record a good win over the Kingston Crays to jump up a few spots to eighth.

The match of the round saw Lucindale Koalas and Robe Rebels go head-to-head, with the Koalas victorious 14 sets to 10 to move back up the ladder to third position, while the Rebels dropped down ninth.

The Koalas and Rebels produced some entertaining clashes, with Adrian Maywald and Andy Buckett 7-5 victors over against Lynton Everett and Belle Sneath in the mixed doubles.

The highlight of the singles was Tim Durik defeating Jed Regnier 7-5 in a close contest with some great grass court tennis played.

The men’s and women’s doubles were a bit more one-sided, with the upset of the day Durik and Chandler Smart beating Regnier and Paul Bobridge 9-0.

Winners of all their matches were Robe’s Pete and Katie Agnew, plus Lucindale’s Durik, Leanne Graetz, Smart and Kiele Longbotton.

The Robe Roosters hosted Millicent/Beachport on a standard windy Robe day.

Millicent/Beachport team had Ben Lang back in for his first game of the season, but the Roosters proved too strong with a 14-10 victory.

Jake Harris and Emma Lang won all three sets for Millicent/Beachport, while Kimberley Austin, Jack Nunan, Lisa Hall, Lewis Ling and Lachie Hurst won three for the Roosters.

Forfeiting their home game, Naracoorte travelled to Lucindale to take on the Eagles.

Naracoorte pairings George White/Poppy Moyle-Read and Sidney Malone/Michelle Moyle-Read started the day on form with 6-0 wins in the mixed doubles.

The Eagles Toby Longbottom/Sophie Ford were too strong for Sam Baker/Sonya White winning 6-2.

In the singles, Flo Burgwin put up a good fight, but was no match for Poppy Moyle-Read who stormed home to a 6-0 win.

New player Mark Woods stunned the crowd with a 6-2 win over an in-form Daniel Moos.

Baker also found his form to defeat Longbottom 6-0.

Single of the day goes to Jen Malone and Sarah Hinge, with Malone victorious 6-4.

The Moyle-Read sisters kicked off the doubles, continuing their powerhouse pairing to win 9-3. However, doubles of the day goes to White/Moos in a tough 9-6 battle against Craig Jones/Mark Woods.

In the end Naracoorte claimed a comfortable 20-4 win.

Unfortunately for the Kingston Dolphins they were not able to put their full team on the courts for what would have been a close tussle with the Lucindale Wombats.

However, the games were played in great spirit, with some high quality matches not always reflected in the scores.

Matt Waugh and Jared Oliver paired up in the mixed doubles against Lou Leidig and Theressa Mules, to claim a tight 7-5 win.

This was followed in the singles when Waugh kept his focus in a singles match that went all the way to a tie-break against Leidig with a 7-6 win.

Alex Edmonds and Samantha Crocker won all three sets.

The Lucindale Cockatoos were excited to register a win over Kingston Crays.

Mixed doubles proved an even battle before the men pulled away with five of the six singles sets.

New recruit Matt Johns registered three set wins for the Cockatoos, while Bianca Cunneen claimed three for Kingston.

The Cockatoos claimed the win 16-8.

Round 7 draw: Frances/Lucindale Eagles v Robe Roosters at Lucindale; Kingston Crays v Naracoorte at Kingston; Robe Rebels v Lucindale Wombats at Robe; Millicent/Beachport v Lucindale Cockatoos at Furner (12:30pm start); Kingston Dolphins v Lucindale Koalas at Kingston.