Game, set, match for promotion bid
A highly successful half-season of tennis for the Whitby Tennis Club ended earlier this month, with its top three teams all finishing either as winner or runner-up in their respective grades.
All three teams also earned promotion to the higher regional grades for the second half of the season, due to recommence in late January.
For the first time in its 40-year history, Whitby Tennis will have three teams in the premier grades of men’s and women’s tennis – a men’s Regional 2 team, a men’s Regional 3 team, and a women’s Regional 3 team.
Both the top men’s team and women’s teams finished their round- robin competitions as winners by a clear six points, while the men’s Regional 3 team finished second in a very tight, competitive Slazenger 1 grade, where only five points separated the top five teams going into the final round of matches.
‘‘ Nothing was really confirmed until after the last round, so it was great to come out with a good 5-1 win when it mattered,’’ said team captain Glenn Johnston.
The women’s team completed a perfect eight out of eight winning run, while the men’s Regional 2 team dropped just one match of seven.
Underlining this success was the performance of the club’s No 2 men’s player Jake Shugg, who completed a perfect record of seven doubles wins, as well as seven singles wins – without dropping a set in any singles match he played.
‘‘The season got off to a good, strong, start with two early 6-0 wins. That sort of kicked up our team confidence, and everyone played really well from then on,’’ said Colin Morris, captain of the men’s Regional 2 team.
The other five senior teams finished mid- table in their respective grades, and maintained their position in the same grade for next season.
Additionally, with nine junior Interclub teams across the six grades in the Kapi Mana junior competition, Whitby Tennis is the equal largest junior club (along with Paraparaumu) in the Kapi Mana region, encompassing tennis clubs from Johnsonville to Otaki.
The junior teams all performed with distinction as well, boding well for the future of the club, with top two placings achieved by Whitby teams in each of the boys’ A, boys’ B, and boys’ C grades.
For more info about tennis in Whitby, visit whitbytennis. org.nz. It contains information on how to join the club, as well as senior and junior membership options, results, and a summary of the cub’s history and past club champions.