Close call at top of Caro Bowl

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It’s all tied up at the top of the Caro Bowl club ten­nis com­pe­ti­tion.

West End and Par­nell both com­pleted round robin play on Fri­day night on 45 points, with of­fi­cials set to con­firm the top qual­i­fier af­ter a set count­back this week.

If West End had com­pleted a clean sweep of Royal Oak, they could have had top spot to them­selves.

But a calf strain to for­mer Kiwi Davis Cup player Mark Nielsen meant he had to with­draw from his match against An­drew Al- lan, while all other matches were won in straight sets by West End.

Mean­while Camp­bell Park se­cured third spot in their nine sets to six loss to Par­nell.

The pre­vi­ously un­beaten Gus­tavo Gomez at No 1 for Camp­bell Park lost to Kiwi No 1 and top 300 ranked Dan King-Turner who won 6-3, 6-4.

It is un­likely KingTurner will be avail­able for the semis or fi­nals.

Blockhouse Bay beat Re­muera 5-1 to fin­ish in fourth place with Mar­cus Daniell, Jack­son Bo- dle and Marco Co­muzzo all winning in straight sets, while Pom­pal­lier pipped Ko­hi­marama 42.

The women’s sec­tion al­ready had Royal Oak as clear win­ners of round robin play on 44 points de­spite their fi­nal round bye, while Pom­pal­lier were de­feated 6-0 by Ko­hi­marama.

Royal Oak’s suc­cess this year has been built on the back of their two Can­ter­bury-born teenagers Leela Beat­tie and Emily Fan­ning.

Beat­tie, 15, is all power, while Fan­ning, 14, has a grace­ful one­handed back­hand.

In semi-fi­nal action on Fri­day night West End will face ei­ther Camp­bell Park or Blockhouse Bay, while the Royal Oak women clash with Re­muera. Points ta­bles: Men: Par­nell 45, West End 45, Camp­bell Park 38, Blockhouse Bay 35, Royal Oak 21, Re­muera 20, Pom­pal­lier 12, Ko­hi­marama 7.

Women: Royal Oak 44, Ko­hi­marama 34, Par­nell 29, Re­muera 22, Mis­sion Bay 16, Glen­dowie 14, Pom­pal­lier 9.

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