Tyler named top women’s player

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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.”

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Fi Tyler was named Hawke’s Bay’s top women’s player for the sea­son.

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