Glover lauds suc­cess of set­tled side

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - KRIS DANDO

Fran­cis Glover is still smil­ing de­spite a loss to ri­vals Thorn­don in the fi­nal round of the preChrist­mas in­ter­club ten­nis com­pe­ti­tion.

Need­ing just a point from the eight-match tie, Glover’s TawaLyn­d­hurst team went down 5-3.

Olly Sadler and Rynold Ti­mothy won their sin­gles matches and Glover joined with his brother Mar­cel to win their dou­bles con­test, but it wasn’t enough to pre­vent a Thorn­don win.

How­ever, Tawa-Lyn­d­hurst took out the pre-Christ­mas tro­phy with 47 points to Thorn­don’s 42, con­tin­u­ing their in­ter­club dom­i­nance from last sea­son.

‘‘It’s al­ways dis­ap­point­ing to lose, but we were pretty re­laxed go­ing into the tie,’’ Fran­cis Glover said.

‘‘We’d had a pretty fast start to the com­pe­ti­tion [37 points from a pos­si­ble 40 in the first five rounds] so it wasn’t too stress­ful against Thorn­don.’’

The Tawa-Lyn­d­hurst sec­ond team fin­ished fifth of eight teams in the di­vi­sion be­low, show­ing there was good tal­ent com­ing through, Glover said.

‘‘Three of those guys are still at school, so they did bril­liantly.’’

The club’s women’s side fin­ished in the bot­tom half of the premier com­pe­ti­tion, but well clear of Ti­tahi Bay, who were rel­e­gated.

It was a new-look, younger women’s team that stood up well, Glover said.

Sadler missed a few in­ter­club rounds, but the Glover broth­ers, Michael McGlinchey and Ti­mothy en­sured the team was con­sis­tent each week.

Glover said Sadler and Dy­lan Heap would be avail­able for the post-Christ­mas in­ter­club com­pe­ti­tion, which kicks off in Fe­bru­ary.

There was con­fi­dence in his team that Tawa-Lyn­d­hurst would lock both the tro­phies away again, he said, but Thorn­don, Welling­ton-Wake­field and Khan­dal­lah would put up a good fight.

‘‘There are some good young play­ers around and you’re never sure who will be flown in to play each week.’’

Mean­while, Para­pa­raumu Beach won the women’s preChrist­mas tro­phy from Khan­dal­lah by one point.

Olly Sadler has been a key cog in Tawa-Lyn­d­hurst premier men’s ten­nis team’s suc­cess.

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