Youngsters make big impression
Tennis South Canterbury's junior representatives impressed with some excellent performances in finishing second overall in the annual Southern Teams event in Dunedin.
South Canterbury finished first in the 10s and 12s, and second in the 14s age groups.
What cost them the title was the fourth place in the 16s, due to the fact only have half a team (boys only) travelled, and in the end they lost the overall tie by one match.
The 16s boys still managed to win three out of the four ties.
First up were defending champions Otago.
South Canterbury won the 10s and 14s, but lost the 12s on countback.
The 12s was tied after with the boys were up 3-1 and the girls down by the same score. The tables turned in the doubles with the boys going down in both. However, the girls stepped up and won both their doubles.
In the second round South Canterbury faced Southern Lakes with the 10s and 12s winning.
There were some great tussles in the 14s but South Canterbury lost a few crucial points that could have gone either way.
In round three South Canterbury played Southland again. The ties were split 2-all, with 10s and 16s losing but the 12s and 14s taking convincing wins.
In the final tie against North Otago, South Canterbury won three of the four age-groups, taking out some upsets in the 10s, which meant they took first place in the overall 10s age group.
The 12s improved on their first-round loss to win convincingly in the rest of the ties and take first place in the overall 12s age group.
The 14s finished a close second place behind a strong Southern Lakes team.
The 10s saw some new players make their rep debut with Connor Crotey, Thomas Donkers and Max Taylor. Taylor impressed, winning all his singles.
Harrison Darling played up an age group to the 12s and he, along with Hayden McNulty and Jono Ellis, won all his singles matches.
Josh Cameron, Tim Sheed and George McAleer also won all their singles matches.
- The Timaru Herald