Thorn­don snuff out ti­tle hopes

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

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.’’

Pho­tos: GREG MOLLER

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.

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