Tawa-Lyn­d­hurst still on top of the Heap


Con­nor Heap blamed rust for his slug­gish start, but his class shone through even­tu­ally.

The Tawa-Lyn­d­hurst men’s No 1 set his team on the way in the third round of post-Christ­mas Welling­ton in­ter­club ten­nis on Satur­day.

The Christchurch-based player, who re­cently won the 18s na­tion­als, beat Mi­ra­mar’s Felix Humphries 6-2, 6-0, not los­ing a game af­ter the match was 2-2 early on.

‘‘It took a while to get into it,’’ Heap said.

‘‘I’ve had some time off and only re­ally started hit­ting again this week. Once I got into my rhythm, I was happy with the way it played out.’’

Heap later teamed with Fran­cis Glover to win their dou­bles match. Mar­cel Glover also had a solid day, reg­is­ter­ing wins in sin­gles and dou­bles.

Michael McGlinchey and Rynold Ti­mothy had sin­gles de­feats, but Tawa-Lyn­d­hurst still took the tie 4-2, to cap­ture six points.

Heap, who also plays in Auck­land, is look­ing to play tour­na­ments in the United States and Europe shortly, but will be el­i­gi­ble should Tawa-Lyn­d­hurst make the in­ter­club fi­nal. That’s look­ing likely – they sit atop the stand­ings by a point from ri­vals Thorn­don, who have a nine-point buf­fer over third-placed Mi­ra­mar.

Heap said he en­joyed the ca­ma­raderie at Tawa-Lyn­d­hurst, who beat Welling­ton Wake­field and Maun­garaki com­fort­ably in the first two rounds to as­sert their dom­i­nance.

‘‘It’s my third year here and it’s been great. The team are a great bunch of guys.’’

In women’s premier 2, TawaLyn­d­hurst and Ti­tahi Bay beat Pukerua Bay and Lower Hutt to main­tain their com­pe­ti­tion dom­i­nance.


In divi­sion 1 in­ter­club golf, Judge­ford showed plenty of fight be­fore los­ing 9-6 to Manor Park at Shan­don.

In the four­somes, Hay­den Ring and Ben Du­flou won 5 and 3, Joe Cuthers and Jay­den Ford won 2 and 1, and Ropeti Faa­toafe and Qualen Asi won 1-up.

That put Judge­ford up 3-2 fol­low­ing the four­somes, but they won just three of seven sin­gles matches, to Ring, Du­flou and Moleni Fa’aaliga.

In the match-up of the No 1s, Daniel Hillier, from Porirua but lead­ing the Manor Park team, beat Michael Payne 8 and 7.

The re­sult leaves Judge­ford fifth on 10 points, be­hind Para­pa­raumu (20.5 points), Royal Welling­ton (17.5), Manor Park (14.5) and Shan­don (10.5).


Tawa-Lyn­d­hurst’s Con­nor Heap made short work of his Mi­ra­mar op­po­nent on Satur­day.

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