Victory at last for Royal Oak
It’s been a long time coming.
Spirits are high at the Royal Oak Racquets Club after the women’s team came out on top to win the Scarbro Caro Bowl tennis tournament last week for the first time in 14 years.
Royal Oak have held on to the runners-up spot since 1998 but beat newcomers Sunnyhills with a convincing 4-2 win to finally take the title.
Women’s team captain and veteran player Angela Swinkels says it is a great feeling to finally be named as the champions.
‘‘It has been an interesting season but a few things just fell into place and it’s great to get that monkey off our back,’’ she says.
The tournament was a personal highlight for long-time Royal Oak players Nicola Kaiwai and Leela Beattie who played despite a chronic knee injury, Swinkels says.
The scores were all square after the opening doubles round with Sunnyhills taking the top match and Royal Oak claiming the bottom doubles.
Royal Oak’s Emma Hayman defeated Chanistha Ampornachariya in straight sets, while Kaiwai downed Kelly Drew to give the team a comfortable 3-1 advantage.
But Royal Oak’s longawaited victory was sealed by Claudia Williams who claimed a convincing win over Annabel Ellis.
Swinkels says the team is set to battle it out for the title again next year with a similar side to this year’s triumphant one.
The club had to settle for fifth place in the men’s competition after Parnell regained the title with a win over hosts Blockhouse Bay.
Caro champs: Royal Oak tennis players, from left: Claudia Williams, Nicola Kaiwai, player/team captain Angela Swinkels, Leela Beattie and Emma Hayman, served up a win for the club at the Scarbro Caro Bowl women’s tournament after placing second for 14 years.