Team shines in shield defence
The Nelson senior representative tennis team comfortably defended the Winstanley Shield in Greymouth at the weekend.
The team of David Averill, Kenta Naka, Cara Glintmeyer and Robyn Sheves had a convincing 8-0 win on Saturday over Marlborough, who had already lost to the West Coast earlier that day.
While Sunday's encounter with the West Coast proved tougher, Nelson were still too strong, winning the tie 6-2 to retain the trophy for another year.
It was the final representative fixture on the 2012 calendar with Nelson's next assignment being the Blair Cup 18 and under fixture against Marlborough in February.
Meanwhile, Nelson's top two girls and boys contested the South Island intermediate schools tournament in Blenheim over the past two days. Sixteen boys and 16 girls from around the South Island competed after winning their regional tournaments.
Ben Hazlett was Nelson's strongest performer, winning three of his four matches. He had a strong 7-6, 6-2 first round win over Harrison Darling ahead of a 6-3 6-0 loss to second seed Dylan Heap of Canterbury. Hazlett then met the fourth seed Riley Bruhns in the plate for a 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 win. He went on to play Ben Deeley in the final of the plate and won the match in straight sets 6-3, 6-3.
David Zohrab lost to the top seed first up and then lost his remaining matches.
In the girls' competition, Brittany Pellowe lost to the second seed Lilly Bray of Canterbury in the first round, Bray going on to win the tournament over fellow team mate Holly Matson 6-4, 6-0.
Monique Hore was knocked out in the first round by Marlborough's Jade Otway but Hore and Pellowe claimed a victory in the plate rounds.