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