Thames score interclub tennis title

Thames won the Waikato premier interclub title after a fiery doubles decider.

Thamesand Hamilton were tied at four wins apiece entering the clash at the top of the order in the men's doubles match.

Tempers flared but the encounter also produced some quality tennis from both combinations before the Thames duo, Adam Gage-Brown and Fraser Taylor, prevailed 7-6 6-3 over Matt Johnson and Taylor McGuire to clinch the title.

Earlier, Johnson had given his side a shot at the crown with a tough victory at the top of the men's singles over Gage-Brown, who recently returned to action after recovering from a broken foot.

Johnson comfortably won the first set 6-2 before Gage-Brown took the second in a tie-breaker thanks to his powerful serve and groundstrokes. However, Johnson resumed his dominance to win the third set 6-1 to take the victory.

Fairview Motors Hamilton also grabbed a win at the top of the women's singles order when Nicola Blake came back from losing the opening set to 13-year-old Janvhi Clark.

Blake's experience showed in the next two sets as she outplayed Clark with changes in pace and variety of shot selection to triumph 4-6 6-1 6-2.

Libby Bird's win over Elena Andonova was Thames' only point in their women's matches and proved crucial in the final outcome against a Hamilton side short of two regular players because of injury.

Last year's champions, Lugton Park, grabbed third spot in the interclub competition with a 5-4 win over St Peters.

Waikato Times