Glover set for ten­nis show­down

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

Fran­cis Glover doesn’t mind the un­der­dog sta­tus.

The Tawa- Lyn­d­hurst Ten­nis Club coach has watched as his play­ers – oc­ca­sion­ally in­clud­ing him­self, in the dou­bles – have mus­cled their way into the Welling­ton pre­mier men’s in­ter­club fi­nal.

They will take on favourites Thorn­don at the Re­nouf Ten­nis Cen­tre on Satur­day, try­ing to win the ti­tle for the first time.

Dur­ing the sea­son, Thorn­don beat Tawa-Lyn­d­hurst 4-2 to in­flict their only loss of the com­pe­ti­tion.

‘‘ One of the matches we shouldn’t have lost, so it was close,’’ Glover said.

Tawa-Lyn­d­hurst will be led by Christchurch-based Con­nor Heap, with Pratt Keera­sun­ton­pong at No 2. Mar­cel Glover and Char­lie Hud­son will prob­a­bly round out the Tawa-Lyn­d­hurst team, but there could be per­son­nel changes for the dou­bles, Fran­cis Glover said.

Highly ranked Thorn­don play­ers Kyle But­ters, Justin McGraw and Marc Paulik would take some beat­ing, he said.

‘‘ Thorn­don are the strong­est team in Welling­ton, but any­thing can hap­pen on the day and it’s very winnable,’’ Glover said.

‘‘We have great young play­ers who play bet­ter in an at­mos­phere like this.’’

The fi­nal will be a swan­song for Keera­sun­ton­pong and Hud­son, who will shortly head over­seas to play ten­nis.

Glover said Tawa- Lyn­d­hurst had fielded a solid in­ter­club team that had per­formed con­sis­tently.

‘‘ Th­ese guys train hard and de­serve to be in this fi­nal.

‘‘They work for each other and they’re car­ry­ing some good form in.’’

Tawa-Lyn­d­hurst has come up from be­ing ranked mid-ta­ble to blast out of the blocks from round one and dom­i­nate in­ter­club ten­nis.

In the post-Christ­mas sec­tion of the com­pe­ti­tion, the team fin­ished on 28 points, one ahead of Thorn­don, and well ahead of third- placed Welling­ton Wake­field.

The Re­nouf Cen­tre was likely to have a large num­ber of spec­ta­tors for the fi­nal, Glover said, with a good con­tin­gent in to sup­port his team.

The first sin­gles match starts at 5pm and en­try is free.

Photo: GREG MOLLER

Big match:

Tawa-Lyn­d­hurst’s Mar­cel Glover will take on Thorn­don’s Marc Paulik in Satur­day’s fi­nal.

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