Top spot in sight
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.’’