Ellesmere’s seniors dominate
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.
Ngaire Simmons lines up a backhand for Malvern against Mid Canterbury at Kirwee.