22 January 2007

Alesha Ford ( Manaia) helped Central Districts under 14 girls' tennis team to finish second in the National Teams Event at Vodafone Tennis Park in Auckland last week. Playing at no 2  in the 4 person team, Ford had 1 loss and seven wins in the five rounds of singles and doubles.
In the doubles she teamed up with Emma Macleod (Wanganui).
Central Districts lost 2-4 to Northern in the final, improving on their fourth placing last year.
In the first four rounds they beat Canterbury 5-1, beat Southern 4-2, lost to Eastern Districts 2-4 and beat Auckland 4-2.
In the consolation singles in the National Hardcourt Champs the previous week,  Ford had four wins and lost in the final to Christine Voss (North Harbour).
In the main event Ford ( the 9th seed) had one singles win.
In the doubles Ford and Rosie Bird ( the third seeds) lost in the quarterfinals to Emily Fanning and Leah Woods ( Rangiora).
Taranaki was represented by Jordan Fleming ( Manaia) in the Central Districts under 14 boys' team who played at no 2.. They finished seventh in the eight team competition having wins over Wellington 4-2 and Auckland 4-2. They lost to Waikato 1-5 and Eastern Districts 0-6.
Fleming recorded two wins and five losses.