Tyler named top women’s player
Fi Tyler, a member of both the Takapau and Waipukurau tennis clubs, has taken out the award as Hawke’s Bay’s top women’s premier player of the year for her outstanding progress this season.
Tyler, 45, won 14 out of the 19 singles matches she played this year. She also played at representative level for the Roseball quadrangle tournament and the Christie Cup and the teams event versus Taranaki/Manawatu, winning all her doubles matches and three out of her four singles matches.
Playing at both her local clubs has given Tyler extra time on court this season, a move that has seen her win the singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles at both Takapau and Waipukurau.
Waipukurau Tennis Club’s Jane Wyn Harris said Tyler’s performances had proved to be an inspiration for young female players at the club, and the sport was thriving in the district from a grassroots level to the top.
“Waipukurau’s Emma Bartram is one in particular who is meeting her personal goals. She was selected and played for Hawke’s Bay this season. At the prizegiving she also collected a medal for the most configure points for the season across all age groups in Hawke’s Bay.”
Male junior Wills Baines was also selected for Hawke’s Bay this season, said WynHarris, while a host of other juniors — Jake Evans, Harriet Strong, Emma Bartram, Cam Kennedy, James Kennedy, Charlie Withers, Wills Baines, Viggo Pedersen, Zuriel Paulsen — all placed in their divisions in the Hawke’s Bay Slam series.
She said the results bode well for another strong season next year.
“Our clubs in CHB are a vital part of growing the sport and it was a great delight to have the Waipukurau Club win Tennis Eastern’s Club of the year for 2018. This shows Waipukurau has a strong and thriving club from the 5-yearolds to the 80-year-olds.”
Fi Tyler was named Hawke’s Bay’s top women’s player for the season.