Scorching form as SI teams clash
Nelson schools dominated the shortened South Island age group beach volleyball championships at the Brightwater Beach Club yesterday.
The event was cut from a scheduled two days to one because of a lack of entrants.
Three of the four titles were won by Nelson teams, with the fourth going the way of visitors from Timaru.
The South Canterbury duo of Jess Kempf and Nick Grimmer beat Seb Lock and Tristan Hegglun to take the under-19 boys' section on a scorching day.
In a well contested final, the Timaru pair always had the edge, recording a two sets to nil victory, 21-17 21-15.
The wind picked up for the under-17 boys' final, sending flurries of sand across the courts. The trying conditions played their part in a gritty final between the pairing of Jack Robb and Monty Brosnahan, and New Zealand under-17 representatives James Anderson and Harry Fergusson, of Nelson College.
Robb (Waimea College) and Brosnahan (Nelson College) turned on a fine display to see off the Melbourne-bound duo in a tight two sets to nil final, 21-17 21-18.
Earlier, Robb and Brosnahan had beaten Caleb Laing and Nicau Webster 2-0 (21-5 21-11) in the semifinals, while Anderson and Fergusson accounted for Sam Kempf and Cam Keelty 2-0 (21-15 21-14). Kempf and Keelty finished third.
The Waimea College pair of Jacob King and Tom de Hamel took three sets to overcome a strong challenge from Oscar Baden and Colm Dubeiniec. King and de Hamel took out the final 15-9 14-16 11-9.
In the semifinals, King and de Hamel got past Zaw Tin and Mitchell Faulkner 2-1, while Baden and Dubeiniec stopped Seth Emerson and Matthew Parkinson. Tin and Faulkner took third place.
In the only girls' competition to take place, the top pairing of Waimea College's Hannah Davenhill and Katie Ditzel defeated Emily O'Connor and Morgan Inch.
Davenhill and Ditzel had the early running, going up 21-15 in the first set before losing the second 21-16.
In the decider, the Nelson Challenge open semifinalists came back to close out the match with a comprehensive 15-4 win.
In the semifinals, Davenhill and Ditzel beat Holly Mace and Tali Uia 21-12 21-13. O'Connor and Inch beat Georgia Davies and Sarah Robb 21-12 21-14, with Mace and Uia taking third.
- The Nelson Mail