Wembley B team win premier league

The Herald (South Africa) - - CLUB SPORT - Neale Em­slie

SPARKED by an opening win over their A side, the Wembley B team went through the Port El­iz­a­beth premier ten­nis league sea­son un­beaten to claim the ti­tle by a solid mar­gin.

Com­pris­ing Grey High school­boys and guided by coach Richard Bul­bring, the team of teenagers struck a blow for the younger gen­er­a­tion by fin­ish­ing the sea­son on 60 points, 14 ahead of their club col­leagues, who ended sec­ond.

Bul­bring said the way they had started the sea­son against an ex­pe­ri­enced Wembley A side, win­ning 10-6, had been a great morale-booster for the young play­ers.

The team was made up of Josh and Joel van Rens­burg, Matthew and Luke Stuart, Gideon van der Vy­wer and Gareth How­ell. Bul­bring him­self played two matches.

“One of our strengths was the depth in the side,” Bul­bring said.

“We were of­ten able to pick up cru­cial points in the lower sin­gles po­si­tions and that was im­por­tant be­cause it meant we were up going into the dou­bles.”

He said an ex­am­ple of how the boys had de­vel­oped dur­ing the sea­son came in their last match against Ea­gles.

“Gideon van der Vy­wer, play­ing at two for the first time, won a mas­sive three-set match 5-7 7-6 7-6. He has grown big-time as a player in the last 12 months.”

Bul­bring added that ma­tric play­ers Josh van Rens­burg and How­ell had led by ex­am­ple at one and two and formed a strong dou­bles team.

“Young­ster Matthew Stuart, ar­guably the No 1 U14 player in EP and only in Grade 8, won two out of three sin­gles at No 4 so the fu­ture for Grey looks bright.”

In the women’s first league, Vic­to­ria Park also main­tained an un­beaten record to take the ti­tle ahead of Wembley.

VP fin­ished on 36 points, seven ahead of their near­est ri­vals.

The fi­nal logs were: Men’s premier A: 1 Wembley A 60, 2 Wembley B 46, 3 NMU 38, 4 Blue­wa­ter Bay 34, 5 VP 29, 6 Gel­van Ea­gles 24 Women’s first: 1 VP 36, 2 Wembley 29, 3 Westview 28, 4 Despatch 22, 5 NMU 16 Other league win­ners were: Men: Despatch (premier B), Wembley (1st), Kirk­wood (2nd), Addo (3rd) Women: Jef­freys Bay A (2nd), Wembley A (3rd)

THE Ken­ton Ten­nis Club will host the 25th an­nual se­nior vet­er­ans tour­na­ment, start­ing this af­ter­noon.

There will be eight teams from around the Eastern Cape, each com­pris­ing four men and four women.

“We are an­tic­i­pat­ing ten­nis of the high­est qual­ity to be on dis­play,” tour­na­ment co­or­di­na­tor An­thony Bay­ley said.

The tour­na­ment starts with the draw and a so­cial gath­er­ing this af­ter­noon and play will take place to­mor­row and on Sun­day. – Ad­di­tional re­port­ing by Yonela Mofu

Pic­ture: BRIAN WITBOOI

THE CHAMPS: The Wembley B team, com­pris­ing largely Grey High school­boys, which won the Port El­iz­a­beth premier ten­nis league this sea­son are (coaches Richard Bul­bring, left, back, and An­dre Barnard, right, back, and in front, from left, Joel van Rens­burg, Josh van Rens­burg (cap­tain), Gideon van der Vyver, Mathew Stuart and Luke Stuart. Gareth How­ell com­pleted the squad

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