Top spot in sight

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

Tawa-Lyndhurst num­ber one men’s team have started the sea­son with a bang, notch­ing two solid wins over Lower Hutt and Para­pa­raumu.

On Oc­to­ber 27 they kept a clean slate with a 6-0 drub­bing over Lower Hutt, be­fore record­ing a solid 4-2 vic­tory over Para­pa­raumu on Novem­ber 3.

Pratt Keera­sun­ton­pong, who plays at num­ber three, is show­ing off his bur­geon­ing tal­ent. He is so far un­beaten. Other mem­bers Luke Dono­van and Rhett Pur­cell – who travel from Hawke’s Bay and Auck­land, re­spec­tively, to play for Tawa- Lyndhurst – and Cam Wen­ham and Fran­cis Glover, make up a strong side that will push hard for a top-four spot, Glover says.

‘‘We have a pretty young team and I think we should do well this sea­son.’’

Thorn­don, Welling­ton and Para­pa­raumu are likely to be the tough­est teams to knock over, he says, so the re­cent win over the lat­ter proves they can foot it in the top grade.

Wen­ham, Keera­sun­ton­pong and Pur­cell recorded sin­gles’ vic­to­ries, with Dono­van and Pur­cell win­ning their dou­bles’ tie.

There are five more rounds be­fore a break at Christ­mas, af­ter which the com­pe­ti­tion is split in two.

The bot­tom four teams play off for pro­mo­tion-rel­e­ga­tion, while the top four com­pete for the Welling­ton ti­tle.

‘‘Our aim is that top four,’’ Glover says. ‘‘ It’s taken a while to build to where we are now but we have a solid girls team [who play in the sec­ond division] and very good ju­niors com­ing through. The club’s look­ing good.’’

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