Polkinghorne wins Playford tournament title double

Port Lincoln tennis player Darren Polkinghorne took out the City of Playford Australian Money Tournament Gold event singles and doubles in Adelaide at the weekend.

After competing in tournaments in China and Thailand, Polkinghorne returned to Australia winning some minor events in Sydney before travelling to Adelaide.

Playing at the brand new 16-court Playford Tennis Centre facility, Polkinghorne was seeded one and breezed through his earlier rounds reaching the semi-finals with ease.

Up against Blazo Djurovic seeded four, Polkinghorne had to come from behind to take out the match 4-6 6-1 6-1 to book his spot in the final.

Up against his doubles partner Scott Puodziunas, the number two seed who had just returned from a tour of Europe, it was always going to be an entertaining final.

Polkinghorne won the first set in convincing style 6-1 but was put to the test in the second set going down in the tiebreak 7-5.

With an early break against Polkinghorne in the third he had to dig deep breaking back to level the scores at two all.

After getting another break and winning his serves Polkinghorne was serving for the match at five games to three.

This game was a show of mental strength. Down 0-40 Polkinghorne survived three break points to take out the third set 6-3.

Puodziunas and Polkinghorne took out the doubles final in convincing style 6-3 6-2.

Polkinghorne will now compete in Alice Springs, Brisbane and Toowoomba pro circuit tournaments.


Port Lincoln Tennis Association invites the community to a free tennis day including a registration day for the coming season on Saturday, October 14 at Tennyson Terrace; 9am for new players, 10am for returning players.

The barbecue will be fired up with a raffle and giveaways for participants.

Tuna Tennis coaching will be on offer in Term 4; contact Paul on 0427 172 634 to book. Registrations are also being taken for Monday night men’s doubles (Paul 0427 172 634), Wednesday night ladies doubles (Pam 0438 682 107), Friday night mixed competition (Julie 0428 531 106), Thursday night and Saturday morning mixed junior competition (Julie 0428 531 106), Saturday morning Orange Ball competition (Julie 0428 531 106).