Im­ports don’t stop Camp­bell Park loss

Auckland City Harbour News - - Sport - By Scott Mor­gan

Camp­bell Park couldn’t quite over­come reign­ing champs Par­nell in the Caro Bowl in­terten­nis com­pe­ti­tion, go­ing down 4-2 on Fri­day night.

That’s de­spite a win from Aussie im­ports Kaden Hensell and Adam Hub­ble, who started the tie against Par­nell’s Matt Pren­tice and Al Hunt.

Hensell and Hub­ble are a par­tic­u­larly com­pet­i­tive dou­bles com­bi­na­tion, re­cently winning a US$15,000 fu­tures event in South Aus­tralia.

Steve Downs and Ja­cob Olsen scored one back for Par­nell, de­feat­ing An­drew Gre­gory and promis­ing Can­ter­bury ju­nior Bar­rett Franks.

In the sin­gles Pren­tice put in a good per­for­mance to win in two tiebreaks over Hensell, while Hub­ble was taken to three sets by Hunt.

It was in the bot­tom two matches where Par­nell gained the wins as An­drew Batie beat Gre­gory in straight sets and Olsen was taken to three sets by Franks.

Camp­bell Park team man­ager David Lewis says they de­cided to bring in the im­ports so they weren’t rel­e­gated in their first year back in the Caro Bowl.

“Most of the Auck­land play­ers were al­ready signed up by other clubs.

“Field­ing a team that would have been rel­e­gated doesn’t achieve any­thing.”

And Lewis sees spon­sors bring­ing the likes of Hensell and Hub­ble across the ditch as a good in­vest­ment for fu­ture Camp­bell Park play­ers.

“We’ve got a very large ju­nior mem­ber­ship. It’s great for the ju­niors to see that level of ten­nis at the club,” he says.

“We’re try­ing to field a good team to pro­vide qual­ity ten­nis to the Auck­land pub­lic.”

Mean­while, West End over­came Royal Oak 5-1 to re­main in sec­ond spot, Pom­pal­lier pipped Ko­hi­marama on a set count­back 8-7 and Blockhouse Bay eas­ily put away Re­muera 6-0.

In women’s action Mis­sion Bay over­came Royal Oak 42, while in a bot­tom-of-thetable clash Pom­pal­lier man­aged a count­back win over Re­muera.

Next week the Camp­bell Park men host Ko­hi­marama, Pom­pal­lier visit Re­muera, Par­nell wel­come Royal Oak and Blockhouse Bay travel to West End.

And the Pom­pal­lier women visit Ko­hi­marama, while Royal Oak host Man­gere Com­bined.

Men’s points af­ter five rounds:

Par­nell 34, West End 32, Blockhouse Bay 30, Pom­pal­lier 20, Camp­bell Park 16, Ko­hi­marama 13, Royal Oak 12, Re­muera 2.

Women’s points af­ter five rounds:

Par­nell 37, Man­gere Com­bined 28, Mis­sion Bay 28, Royal Oak 26, Ko­hi­marama 16, Pom­pal­lier 12 Re­muera 10, Glen­dowie 2.

Photo: BEN WAT­SON

Aussie ace: Aus­tralian ten­nis im­port Adam Hub­ble took the court for Camp­bell Park with Kaden Hensell against Par­nell’s Alis­tair Hunt and Matt Pren­tice in their Caro Bowl in­ter-club match at the Par­nell Ten­nis Club.

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