Big guns cocked for Caro Bowl

Central Leader - - Sport - By Scott Mor­gan

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.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

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.

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