Glover lauds success of settled side
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.