7 Dec 2015
Hexangular Tennis Tournament- 5th - 6th December 2015
The Hexangular Trophy is competed for among Taranaki, Manawatu, Wellington, Wanganui, Kapi Mana and Hutt Valley and was held at the Renouf Centre in Wellington over the weekend. The format for the fixtures are four men, four ladies playing singles worth one point followed by one men's doubles, one ladies doubles, and two combines which are then played at the same time and are worth two points, one extra point is awarded to the winning team.
Taranaki were in the same pool as Wellington and Hutt Valley. Up against Hutt Valley Saturday afternoon proved to be a tough hurdle first up, Hutt Valley had their rhythm early after a six all count back win against Wellington in the morning. Amrit Rai, Graeme Mitchell and Jaime Simpson had dominant wins in their singles, with Amrit and Hamish Mead also taking out the men's doubles. Tracey Old was unlucky at four, to lose 7-6 3-6 7-6. Final score an 8-4 loss.
Sunday morning was wet and played indoors under a shortened format with the first to win one set to seven. Amrit again led from the top with a 7-5, win supported by Graeme, Jaime and Brady Simpson all winning 7-6. The ladies found the going tough all losing their singles. The combines and doubles were shared with a final score 6 all. Taranaki lost on a count back leaving us to play off for 5th and 6th.
Wanganui was the opposition in the play offs which again proved to be close. Amrit, Jaime and Brady continued their good form winning comfortably as did Tracey picking up her first single win. Hamish was unlucky losing to Nick Caton at three, 7-5 6-7 7-6. The men carried on their good form picking up both combines and the doubles for the team to end up winning 7-5. Amrit can be well satisfied being unbeaten in six matches anchoring the team playing at number one. Jaime picked up four out of five, and Graeme playing at number two won four out of six. For the majority of this team it was their first exposure to the competition for which they enjoyed and will add to their experience. The team was made up of Amrit Rai, Graeme Mitchell, Hamish Mead, Jaime Simpson and Brady Simpson, Hikaru Han, Sue Oldfield, Ellen O'Byrne, Jackie Keenan, Tracey Old.