Marlborough seniors to fore

A large number of host association players performed well when the 47th annual Marlborough Seniors tournament was held at the Forrest Winery Marlborough Tennis Centre over the weekend.

Six doubles title were won by Marlborough players, three in the men's competitions and three in the women's.

Chris Morris and Dave Hayes triumphed over fellow local Geoff Neal and Hamilton's Ian Carr in the 45-plus section, while Kent Register and Jim Sampson took out the 60-plus title over Nori Koyashi and Geoff Nalder, of Nelson. Bill Ritchie joined forces with John Inder to claim the 70-plus crown, with two other Marlborough players, Ron Weetman and William Taylor, runners-up.

In the women's competitions, Eveline Apthorp and Tricia Bancroft were 50-59 years champions ahead of Sue Sampson and Elaine Fluit. The 60-69 years section was won by Trish Dahlberg and Wendy Hall, with Ria Lintsen and Glenys Ford runners-up, while Judy Shanahan teamed up with Nelson's Leona Ellis to take out the 70-plus section.

Mixed doubles were played in three coloured sections and again Marlborough players were to the fore.

Apthorp and Scott Woolley won the blue section from Darryl Harper and Elaine Fluit, while Ritchie and Shanahan claimed the green section over Fay Rangi and Bill Neilson from Nelson. The yellow section was won by Christchurch pair Richard Wilding and Sandra Devlin, with Jim and Sue Sampson runners-up.

Meanwhile, in Hamilton the previous weekend, Shanahan and long-time doubles partner Gloria Wilmot, of Warkworth, retained their 70-75 years title at the New Zealand senior nationals. The pair did not drop a match and lost only one set before their opponents Janice Larmer and Tup Cox had to retire.

Shanahan won two of her three singles matches but finished third on countback. The title was won by Wilmot.

The Marlborough Express