Marlborough keep Malcolm Shield
Marlborough’s junior tennis team proved too strong for Nelson as they successfully defending the Malcolm Shield for the sixth consecutive year on Sunday.
Marlborough completed a convincing 14-2 win in the annual 14-and-under junior representative fixture in Blenheim and made a strong start, taking a 4-0 lead after the first doubles leg.
Nelson’s top boys’ pair, Harry Pugh and Harrison Kroos, put up a convincing fight against Marlborough’s Oscar Parkinson and Oscar Sandford-Jury before going down in the third set tie breaker 1-6 7-6 6-10.
The second singles leg provided some outstanding tennis, giving Nelson a little hope with Harry Pugh storming ahead to take the first set fairly easily. However, Marlborough’s Oscar Sandford-Jury fought back levelling the score urging Pugh on to dominating the final set and the win 6-1 3-6 6-0.
Maia Kininmonth won Nelson’s second singles tie 7-5 7-5 in a gritty battle against Marlborough’s Ella Sowman.
With victories in six of the eight singles clashes, Marlborough quickly made sure the shield was going nowhere, leading 10-2 before beginning the mixed doubles matches.
As they did in the doubles, the home completely dominated the mixed, producing a flawless display to sweep all four matches and wrap up the tie.