Big guns cocked for Caro Bowl
Things will heat up on court when the Caro Bowl inter-club competition starts on Friday.
And it doesn’t get any tougher than last year’s men’s finalist West End hosting reigning champs Parnell in the first round.
Players returning for West End this season include former ATP professional Wesley Whitehouse, Teo Susjnak, James Greenhalgh and Martin Colenbrander.
Add to the mix former New Zealand number one Mark Nielsen and current Davis Cup player Adam Thompson, and team coach Justin MacKenzie says they have a good chance of going one better this season.
“It’d be nice to beat Parnell first up. There’s a good chance we’ll finish top of the table,” he says.
“If we can finish top of the round robin we’ll get a semi and possibly final at home.”
GD Jones, who played in the Heineken Open last year, may also turn out for the club, depending on what other playing commitments he has.
But MacKenzie admits the Westmere-based club have their work cut out for them against Parnell with Alistair Hunt, Steven Downs and Rubin Statham all potential opponents.
Last year’s semifinal- ists Pompellier, based in St Mary’s Bay, are also looking to improve.
Stalwarts James Shortall and Rob Cheyne are back, while top New Zealand junior Finn Tearney turn out when he’s not playing overseas.
Other local men’s teams who will take part in the competition include Royal Oak, Blockhouse Bay and Campbell Park from Epsom.
Local women’s teams include Pompellier and Royal Oak.
Touch of class: Former New Zealand number one Mark Nielsen will turn out for the West End club in the Caro Bowl inter-club competition starting on Friday.