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