14 Feb 2021
Taranaki Junior Tennis Shines
Taranaki junior tennis representatives travelled to Palmerston North to compete
in the annual quadrangular event against Hawkes Bay, Manawatu and Wairarapa/Whanganui.
Four boys and four girls take part in the twelve and under, fourteen and under
and sixteen and under age groups. This year each age group travelled with a
reserve, so playing duties were rotated.
On Saturday morning the campaign started with doubles against Manawatu. As proved to be a recurring theme of the weekend, the sixteen and under boys spearheaded the Taranaki assault with two wins over Manawatu. By the end of the doubles Taranaki held a commanding lead 8-4.
The singles against Manawatu were to be played on the Sunday and so attention
turned to taking on a capable Hawkes Bay side. Whilst there were some
pleasing results, such as an overall victory for the under sixteen team,
ultimately Hawkes Bay proved too strong, running out overall winners over a
Taranaki then took on Wairarapa/Whanganui in the doubles matches of this tie.
Once again, Taranaki faced some strong opposition but managed to take a lead
heading into the singles matches on Sunday. With a good nightís sleep and
some excellent guidance from coaches Josh Wormald and Ghislaine Brien, Taranaki
ran out comfortable winners.
This just left the singles of the tie against Manawatu to play. Taranakiís
players stepped up and came away with some pleasing results. Tomi Avery
managed a 6-4 6-4 victory in the number one under fourteen boys singles.
Charlize Duncan also showed amazing courage in the under twelve girls to pull
off a win in the third set tiebreaker 16-14. These results contributed to
an overall defeat of Manawatu.
Taranaki managed to complete the weekend second overall behind Hawkes Bay. The under sixteen team managed to run out overall winners in this age group. A great weekend of tennis, which many juniors will be looking forward to again next year.
Oliver Kerr serving in the U14 bottom doubles match against Manawatu
Jae Lallu hitting an aggressive backhand in his hard fought victory against
Hawke's Bayís number two U12 player.