27 January 2009

Taranaki is the holder of a new tennis trophy for Central Districts tennis.
Taranaki outclassed Wanganui, Wairarapa and Manawatu in hot conditions to win the Adidas Cup at the weekend.
On Saturday morning Taranaki beat Manawatu 11-5 after winning the singles 7-1 with only Ben Pollard losing. Manawatu struck back winning four doubles but it wasn't enough with Taranaki taking out four.
On Saturday afternoon Taranaki beat Wanganui 14-2 with Wanganui only winning two women's singles .Pollard won his singles in the third set tiebreaker. Jono Ussher, Cameron Koch and David White all won comfortably.
On Sunday morning Taranaki played Wairarapa and the home side's threat quickly faded with Marcus Daniel (NZ No 4) not playing and Matt Spooner having to withdraw because of blisters. Pollard lost his singles 6-4 6-3 against Jono Hurley -the player of the tournament - and lost a tight doubles with Koch 6-7 6-3 7-6.  Ussher, Koch and White all scored easy wins; with the women - Nicole Koch, Catherine Stevenson and Krystal Oakes all scoring comfortable wins.  The same results in the doubles and combines carried Taranaki to a 13-3 win.