Juniors show spirit at Open

00:00, Jan 28 2014

Nelson's junior players had some satisfying results at the Marlborough Junior Open at the weekend.

There was a healthy entry from Tasman of both boys and girls ranging between the 10s and 16s age groups and coaches Kolie Van Zyl (Tasman Tennis Club) and Ngaire Calder (Hope Tennis Club) were happy with the standard of performance from the young Nelson players.

The boys' 10 and under went according to seeding with Tasman second seed Luke Brown meeting Canterbury top seed Jordan Edwards in the final.

Despite some gutsy play by Brown, the match went 9-3 to Edwards.

Nelson's Luca Molnar won the boys' 10 and under consolation plate with a convincing 9-2 win against Marlborough's Oscar Parkinson.

The girl's 10 and under final was an all-Nelson contest between Olivia Smith (Nelson Lawns) and a new player to Nelson, Olivia Hiku, previously from Otago. Both girls gave their all in the game, with Smith winning 9-5.


Another good performance by Hiku and partner Ava Willimann (Canterbury) in the 10s girls doubles saw them lose only four games on the way to the title.

The 12s girls' singles final was a three-set battle between Wakefield's Monique Hore and Marlborough's Jade Otway, with Otway eventually winning 6-2, 5-7, 6-2.

A consistently strong performance in the 12s boys' singles saw Alex Brogan (Tasman Tennis Club) beat Jonty Zydebos (Marlborough) in the final of the consolation plate.

Upper Moutere's fourth seed, Oscar Symonds, had two comprehensive wins on the way to the final of the 14s boys' singles where he lost 0-6, 2-6 to Canterbury top seed Jeroen Breunisse.

Nelson Lawns' Melle Van Duijn won the 16s boys' singles event with convincing play throughout.

Hope's Sam Edens finished runner-up with an equally competitive performance.

Amy Hurst played well in the 16s girls' singles final, but lost to Marlborough's Abbey Hogg 6-7(3), 6-7(6).

The Nelson Mail