Mixed re­sults for ten­nis clubs

Kapiti Observer - - SPORT - ADAM POULOPOULOS

There have been mixed for­tunes for Kapiti’s two premier 1 ten­nis teams, af­ter the post-Christ­mas re­sump­tion of the Welling­ton in­ter­club com­pe­ti­tion.

The Para­pa­raumu Beach women’s team picked up 15 points from a pos­si­ble 16 in two com­pre­hen­sive vic­to­ries, re­cov­er­ing from their de­feat to Lower Hutt in their last tie be­fore Christ­mas.

Fur­ther north, the Waikanae Beach men’s team have lost twice, leav­ing them bot­tom of the stand­ings.

Para­pa­raumu Beach wel­comed back Leela Beat­tie for their first post-Christ­mas tie against Thorn­don, af­ter she missed the Lower Hutt de­feat to play in a tour­na­ment in Christchurch.

Beat­tie, the coun­try’s fifthranked women’s sin­gles player, was given her sternest in­ter­club test this sea­son so far by Ta­mara An­der­son, ranked 17 in New Zealand, but even­tu­ally pre­vailed 6-4, 0-6, 6-4.

Three of the matches went to three sets, but the Amelia Law­son-Geor­gia Kingi dou­bles com­bi­na­tion was the only match Para­pa­raumu Beach dropped.

Para­pa­raumu Beach swept through Tawa-Lyn­d­hurst in last week­end’s tie.

This week­end they face Welling­ton-Wake­field, and Amy Kieboom, 12, will make her de­but.

Para­pa­raumu Beach are seven points clear of their near­est ri­vals, Lower Hutt, Thorn­don and Welling­ton-Wake­field.

De­fend­ing premier 1 cham­pi­ons, Para­pa­raumu Beach also took out the pre-Christ­mas ti­tle last year de­spite their Lower Hutt slip-up.

Also fac­ing Thorn­don and Lower Hutt, the only vic­tory Waikanae Beach had across the two ties was Kieren Rooney’s sin­gles vic­tory against Thorn­don’s Pat Metham.

Cap­tain Steve Joss said the team had been weak­ened by the ab­sence of Bryce Hayr and Matt Alexan­der, who were brought in from Auck­land be­fore Christ­mas as the top seed at dif­fer­ent times.

He said Pa­trick Joss and Kurt Amey, both 14, had been play­ing as the first and sec­ond seeds and were im­pres­sive de­spite their de­feats.

Waikanae Beach face Mi­ra­mar, who are fourth in the six­team league, this week­end.

It is Waikanae Beach’s first sea­son in the top grade af­ter pro­mo­tion last year.

Four straight wins be­fore Christ­mas en­sured they will also start next sea­son in premier 1.

PHOTO: ADAM POULOPOULOS

Waikanae Beach’s Pa­trick Joss will hope to ar­rest his team’s slide on Satur­day.

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