representative tennis team won the Christie Cup on Saturday, defeating
Hawkes Bay 15-9 at Waipukurau.
The Cup means a lot; it
is the symbol of supremacy amongst the Central Districts Associations.
In their first outing of
the season, they had a good start, winning four men's and four women's
singles to take an 8-4 lead.
At No 2, 17year old Zac
Wills defeated Jason Kitching 7-5, 6-2; at No 3 Team Captain Michael Fleming
dropped his first set to love but came back and won 0-6, 6-3, 7-6. Debutant
No 4, Chris Popata didn't drop a game in his match against Steve Pollard
while another debutant, 14yr old Cameron Koch won 7-5, 6-1 against Joe
Wardrope and went on to win all his matches.
Taranaki's new No1, 16
yr old Nicole Koch emulated her brother's performance, winning her singles
7-6 6-3 against Bronwin French and winning her doubles matches.
Women's no's 2 and 4 Linda Reid and Nicki Martin won their singles while No
5 Cindy Death won all her matches.
The doubles were a
tighter affair with Taranaki winning 7-5. They won two out of three
men's doubles and four out of six combines.
Murdoch was rapt with his team's performance. He said, " Everything went
well. There's a good mixture of young and old and you have to bring
the young ones on before the older ones go ".
The first defence of the
Cup is on the 4th December against Wanganui in New Plymouth.
- Wilson Trophy
- Ecolab Manaia 14 1/2 Inglewood 1 1/2, Huatoki 12 Stratford 4, Matapu 11
- Sumpter Trophy -
Oakura 11 Huatoki 5, Manaia (1) 8 Waiwaka 8, Matapu 9 Manaia (2) 7