16 Nov 2014
Taranaki Junior tennis showed their strength in the younger age groups at their first representative outing versus Wanganui yesterday, with a clean sweep in the 10s age group and resounding wins in the 12s and 14s age groups.
A 30-strong team of juniors aged from 10s to 16s travelled to Wanganui to contest the representative fixture supported by an army of parents. Each age group contested of eight singles, four doubles and four combines matches with the 10s finishing with a 16-0 victory and the 12s and 14s winning 15-1 and 12-4 respectively. The 16s age group was depleted due to senior exams with both provinces choosing to only field 4 boys and 2 girls and Wanganui took this age group out 7-4.
The only game that was hotly contested in the 10s age group was the singles game between Taranaki's Brodie Fergusson and Wanganui's Taiaha Duxfield with Fergusson eventually securing the win 4-2 1-4 11-9 to ensure the clean sweep of the 10s age group. In the 12s singles, Taranaki's Courtney Tippett was the only one to take 3 sets to secure victory. Oceane Mbou at No.4 in the girls 12s can be proud of her debut performance for Taranaki winning her singles, doubles combination with Courtney Tippett (No2) and combines with No 1 Jayden Harrison. The other older member of the team on debut Andrew Hood had a successful singles appearance however lost doubles and combines to the Wanganui pairings.
The full representative team was:
16s boys Luke Brown, Andrew Hood, Joshua Wormald, Kaleb Thompson
16s girls Bailey Bruckner, Jess Barron
14s boys Caleb Fleming, Ronan Avery, Calum Sutherland, Nick Frustorfer
14s girls Hikaru Han, Alexandra Spurdle, Poppy Mitchell, Beth Tvrdeich
12s boys Jayden Harrison, Kristian Revfiem, Ben Wilson, Jack Mitchell
12s girls Ella Rogers, Courtney Tippett, Caitlin Haylock, Oceane Mbou
10s boys Jordan Whittleston, Brodie Ferguson, Chester Oldfield, Sammy Lewis
girls Taylor Mitchell, Alex Macesic, Derryn Fleming, Abby Ross
The next representative fixture sees a Taranaki team travel to Kapi Mana on December 14th.
The previous weekend saw a record number, of 8 Taranaki players qualified to play in Wellington at the Central Districts Masters Event which is an invitational tournament for the top 8 players in each age group. Taranaki was represented in all age groups with Jayden Harrison, Nikayla Barnard, Ella Rogers and Taylor Mitchell in the 12s, Caleb Fleming and Hikaru Han in the 14s and Hamish Mead and Bailey Bruckner in the 16s.
The best result came from 12s boy Jayden Harrison (Huatoki) and 16s boys Hamish Mead (Okaiawa) who both finished runner-up. Harrison and Mead each won all three games on Saturday to set up a Sunday morning semi finals. Harrison won his semi final against Johan Fu and went on to contest the final against Patrick Joss from Tawa going down 6-3 6-2. Mead had a great win in his semi final against the No.1 seed Felix Humphries of Wellington but like Harrison finished runner-up, going down to Joshua Snowdon-Poole 6-1 6-2 in the final.
Nikayla Barnard, also from Huatoki reached the semi finals losing after a tough 3 set battle to Hannah Sutherland Smith to place 3rd.Harrison, Mead and Barnard have now been selected into their respective 4 person age group teams to represent CD at the National teams event in January 2015 where CD will play other 4 person teams from Northland, Auckland, Waikato Bays, Canterbury and Southland to vie for National Teams event titles.