Game, set, match for pro­mo­tion bid

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT -

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. 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.

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