Ellesmere’s se­niors dom­i­nate

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - MOTORING - ERIN TASKER

Ellesmere Blue’s dom­i­nance in the Can­ter­bury Coun­try se­niors ten­nis com­pe­ti­tion con­tin­ued on Sun­day with a win over a fel­low Ellesmere team.

The Ellesmere Blue side has held the Dalzell Tro­phy for three years now, and Ellesmere White was the lat­est team to have a chance at tak­ing it off their hands, but they fell short against a qual­ity Blue side.

The Dalzell Tro­phy is named af­ter Hu­runui’s Shirley Dalzell, and was do­nated af­ter her death in 1995, to be played for by Can­ter­bury Coun­try se­niors (ages 35-and-over) teams. Six teams play for the tro­phy – Ellesmere has two teams, and Mid Can­ter­bury, Malvern and North Can­ter­bury have one each, while a Christchurch team was added to the com­pe­ti­tion to save a bye af­ter the with­drawal of Hu­runui.

Ev­ery time a team plays the tro­phy’s hold­ers, it goes on the line, with the team hold­ing the tro­phy at the end of the ten­nis sea­son get­ting their name en­graved on it.

Ellesmere Blue beat Ellesmere White to re­tain the tro­phy on Sun­day, while over in Kir­wee Mid Can­ter­bury took on Malvern and headed back down the road to Ash­bur­ton with a 12-8 win to their name.

The day’s other match be­tween North Can­ter­bury and the town team was won by town, 15-9.

The next round will be played on De­cem­ber 10.

ERIN TASKER/STUFF

Ngaire Sim­mons lines up a back­hand for Malvern against Mid Can­ter­bury at Kir­wee.

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