Caro Bowl win eludes West End

Auckland City Harbour News - - Sport -

The West End men couldn’t cap­i­talise on a suc­cess­ful start to the fi­nal of the Caro Bowl in­ter­club ten­nis com­pe­ti­tion against Par­nell on Fri­day night.

In front of an en­thu­si­as­tic crowd of over 700 spec­ta­tors West End won both dou­bles matches in three sets to give them­selves a 2-0 lead go­ing into the sin­gles con­tests.

Adam Thomp­son and Mark Nielsen won 7-5 in the third set over Matt Pren­tice and Steven Downs, while Wes­ley Whitehouse and James Green­halgh over­came Alis­tair Hunt and Ja­cob Olsen.

But West End un­der­es­ti­mated Par­nell as Pren­tice won the top sin­gles match in two tiebreaks against Thomp­son, while Hunt over­came Nielsen in three sets.

West End’s Whitehouse didn’t fin­ish his clash against An­drew Batie and Par­nell’s Steve Downs had to re­tire against Teo Sus­n­jak leav­ing it at three matches apiece.

The tie meant Par­nell took their ninth win in 11 years 10-8 on a set count-back.

The Par­nell women’s road to victory was more straight­for­ward dur­ing their 6-0 win over Royal Oak, also se­cur­ing them their ninth ti­tle in the last 11 years.

Royal Oak had a hard fought bat­tle when they de­feated last year’s cham­pi­ons, Man­gere Com­bined, in the semi­fi­nals last week.

Abi­gail Guthrie and An­gela Swinkels took out the first set in their dou­bles clash with Di Hol­lands and Pavlina Nola.

But the for­mer in­ter­na­tion­als came back to win the next two sets eas­ily.

The re­main­ing matches were all won in straight sets, al­though Guthrie trou­bled Hol­lands at times with her big ser­vice game.

Hav­ing for­mer pro­fes­sion­als Nola and Niki Tip­pins on their team gave Par­nell plenty of depth, while teenager Chris­tine Foote also showed im­prove­ment through­out the sea­son.

Photo: BEN CAMP­BELL

On at­tack: West End’s Adam Thomp­son in action dur­ing their Caro Bowl loss to Par­nell on Fri­day night.

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