Under-18s take back Blair Cup

22:09, Feb 10 2014

Tasman's under-18 tennis representatives beat Marlborough 9-7 in hot, humid conditions to reclaim the Blair Cup in Blenheim on Sunday.

Nelson led 3-1 after the doubles, three of the matches going to tie breaks with Nelson winning all three. Henry Neas and Sam Edens lost the first set of their match 5-7, took the next 6-3 and clinched the third against Andrew Forgesson and Josh Winter 10-8 in a tie break.

In the second doubles, Melle Van Duijn and Aiden McKenzie made a flying start to take the first set 6-2. Their Blenheim opposition, Lee Harborne and talented youngster Torban Otway, stifled Nelson's aggressive play to take the second set 6-3.

They pushed the Tasman players all the way and finally we held on to take the tie break 14-12

The girls' doubles saw Marlborough's Lilly O'Fagan and Abby Hogg prove too strong for Hannah Waine and Jordan Berry, winning 6-0 6-1.

However, Nelson's second pairing, Sophie Olaman and Amy Hurst, held on to take their doubles 6-4 2-6 10-5 against Jade Ottway and Kate Rawcliffe.

Tasman took four of the eight singles matches, managing to narrowly finish 9-7 ahead. In the singles, Henry Neas beat Andrew Forgesson 6-4 6-1, Melle VanDuijn lost to Lee Harborne 2-6, 3-6, Sam Edens beat Josh Winter 6-1 6-1, Aiden McKenzie bt Torban Otway 7-5 6-0, Hannah Waine lost to Lily O'Fagan 0-6 6-7, Sophie Olaman lost to Abby Hogg 0-6 1-6, Amy Hurst lost to Jade Otway 6-3 0-6 1-6 and Jordan Berry beat Kate Rawcliffe 6-2 6-1.

The mixed doubles also saw our doubles pairings of Aiden Mckenzie and Jordan Berry and Sam Edens and Amy Hurst clearly outclass their opponents to secure the trophy.