Par­nell face ten­nis ri­vals on home turf

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Par­nell face off against West End for the sec­ond year run­ning in the fi­nal of the Scar­bro Caro Bowl ten­nis com­pe­ti­tion, af­ter be­ing the dom­i­nant force in the semi­fi­nals at the week­end.

The club’s men’s and women’s teams had straight­for­ward vic­to­ries to make the fi­nals and se­cured the home court ad­van­tage for Fri­day night’s big show­down.

The men won 5-1 over Pom­pal­lier, with the best match of the night be­ing the top dou­bles as four for­mer Davis Cup play­ers faced off be­fore the com­bi­na­tion of Matt Pren­tice and Steve Downs won in a third set tiebreak against Rob­bie Cheyne and James Shor­tall.

Pren­tice beat Cheyne with some big serv­ing in the top sin­gles while the rest of the matches were straight sets wins. Alis­tair Hunt de­faulted his sin­gles to Shor­tall with a back in­jury.

West End made the fi­nal af­ter al­most let­ting their con­test slip against Blockhouse Bay.

Al­though they looked comfortable early on in the evening, winning both dou­bles in straight sets, they some­how dropped ev­ery match ex­cept the top rank­ing sin­gles, where Adam Thomp­son de­feated Jack­son Bo­dle.

Wes­ley Whitehouse and James Green­halgh also made it 16 con­sec­u­tive wins in a row in dou­bles to­gether for West End.

The women’s fi­nal will fea­ture Par­nell and Royal Oak af­ter the Oak team de­feated de­fend­ing champs Man­gere Com­bined 4-2.

A large amount of credit can go to Ni­cola Kai­wai who beat Lucy Bar­low 6-3, 7-6 in the sec­ond sin­gles af­ter be­ing down 1-5 in the sec­ond set. Both dou­bles matches were won by Royal Oak in three sets while An­gela Swinkels won against Kataraina Hu­nia 61, 6-2. Tracey O’Con­nor and Selema Ta­ufa were Man­gere’s two win­ners.

Par­nell won their semi­fi­nal over Mis­sion Bay 4-2 with a min­i­mum of fuss, al­though they dropped the sec­ond dou­bles with Pavlina Nola and Chris­tine Foote los­ing to Diana D’Aud­ney and Imo­gen Golderin in three sets.

The top three sin­gles matches were all eas­ily won by Di Hol­lands, Nola and Niki Tip­pins to give the home team the victory.

Al­though Par­nell will be the favourites in the women’s fi­nal, Royal Oak should not be writ­ten off with the side able to call on Kai­wai and Swinkels in the past.

Both fi­nals start at 6pm at Par­nell.

Photo: BEN WAT­SON

Play ball: Mark Niel­son lines up a shot for West End in the men’s semi­fi­nal.

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