27 March 2010

The Wilson and Sumpter Trophy Finals pulled the curtain on another great season of Taranaki Tennis over the weekend.


Inglewood completed a 12-4 towelling of Stratford on Saturday to win the Wilson Trophy in exceptional circumstances; only one year after winning the Sumpter Trophy.

Inglewood led 5-3 after the singles and never looked back after that only conceding one further doubles match.

The men's singles were shared 2-2: Thomas Brown claimed an impressive victory over Stratfordís Grant Kite 6-2 6-3 in the No. 1 men's match.  Michael Boland inflicted the same damage on Inglewood's Derek Spurdle 6-1 7-5 at No. 2.  Campbell Mace then defeated Tim Stanners 6-2 6-3, before Sam Brailsford levelled the scores for Stratford by beating Charlie Brown 6-2 6-2.

Inglewood won three of the four women's singles- Lynn Stanners was the only Stratford lady to register a win all day by defeating Maree Spurdle 6-0 6-1 at No.1.  Shona Salisbury battled her way to a 6-4 6-7 7-6 win over Maree Kydd.  Maria Spurdle and Connaugh Brown then corroborated that result with wins of their own over Reagan Stanners and Katie Stanners respectively.  Spurdle won 6-2 6-2 while Brown won 7-5 6-2.

Inglewood won three of the four doubles ties to all but seal the win at 8-4 going into the combines. Stratford's last win came in the bottom men's doubles- Stanners and Brailsford teamed up to beat Mace and Brown 6-7 6-4 7-6.  Thomas Brown and Derek Spurdle won the top men's doubles 7-5 1-6 7-6 over Grant Kite and Michael Boland.  Both of Inglewood's women's pairs won in straight sets in their doubles.

From there Inglewood cleaned up the remaining matches to put the finishing touches on a remarkable achievement. 


Huatoki were crowned Sumpter Trophy champions on Saturday beating Okaiawa 10-6 at the Huatoki Tennis Club.

Huatoki did it tough having to battle for every crucial victory.  The match was evenly poised right throughout until two extremely close ladies' doubles matches tipped the scales in Huatoki's favour which they capitalised on in the combines.

Both the men's and ladies singles were shared to leave the scores level at 4-4 into the doubles.  Ajeet Rai put on a superlative display to beat Les Symes 6-2 6-3 in the top men's match.  Ben Caskey then underlined his fighting qualities to beat Murray Mead 2-6 6-1 7-6.  Mervyn Hawkes reversed the tide for Okaiawa winning his match 6-3 6-2 over Campbell Thwaites.  Hamish Mead then beat Richard Robbins 6-4 5-7 7-6 at No. 4 to square the men's singles. 

Ajeet Rai and Hamish Mead were two players of special note: at the tender age of 11 years, these two boys both performed outstandingly and showed they are huge prospects for the future.

In the women's singles Aroha Beattie defeated Sophie Robertson 6-1 2-6 7-6 at No. 1.  Kath Mead backed up that result defeating Sarah Brieseman 6-1 7-6.  Anne-Marie Petty and Rachel Boswell pegged it back for Huatoki however both winning in straight sets at No. 3 and 4.

While the men's doubles were shared, Huatoki somehow managed to sneak home both women's doubles in third-set tiebreaks.  Robertson and Petty defeated Beattie and Helen Hurley 4-6 6-2 7-6 (12-10) in the top women's doubles match; while Brieseman and Boswell beat Mead and Laurel Stockman 4-6 6-4 7-6 (11-9).

Such a coup understandably swung the tie so much in Huatokiís favour that Okaiawa were unable to redeem themselves from. Huatoki won three of the remaining four combines to claim a celebrated victory and the Sumpter Trophy title.