Thorndon snuff out title hopes
There was no fairytale ending for Pratt Keerasuntonpong.
The gun Tawa- Lyndhurst Tennis Club No 1 was outclassed 6- 1, 6- 2 by Thorndon’s Justin McGraw in a key matchup in the men’s interclub final at the Renouf Centre in Wellington on Saturday.
Keerasuntonpong and fellow Tawa-Lyndhurst player Connor Heap leave for American university tennis scholarships in the coming weeks.
Tawa-Lyndhurst captain Francis Glover said although his side went down 6-0 in the final to the perennial title winners, the doubles were tightly contested, both going into third sets.
Francis Glover and brother Marcel were up 6-0, 5-4, but went down 10-7 in the tiebreak.
Heap and Keerasuntonpong won the second set of their doubles.
Marcel Glover lost to Marc Paulik 6- 2, 6- 2, and Charlie Hudson went down 6-1, 6-1 to Nick White in the earlier singles.
‘‘It’s why these guys [Thorndon] have dominated lately – they have the best players and they’re always tough,’’ Francis Glover said.
‘‘Our young guys did well and everyone’s pretty happy with the way the season went.’’
A plan is already in place to look at replacements for Keerasuntonpong and Heap.
It would include possible recruiting or promotion of players already in the club, Glover said.
‘‘We want to build on the success of this year, definitely.’’
Famous five: The Tawa-Lyndhurst team, from left, Pratt Keerasuntonpong, Connor Heap, Marcel Glover, Francis Glover, Charlie Hudson.
Eyes on ball: Tawa-Lyndhurst’s Marcel Glover powers up for a forehand.