Waikato-Bays are poised to win the national 14s girls' teams tennis title when the event finishes at the Waikato Tennis Centre today.
The hosts went into the event as top seeds and have justified that ranking with an unbeaten run to date, yesterday downing third seeds Northern 6-0 in the fourth and penultimate round.
With their Hamilton No1 Ella Hassall unbeaten going into the final-round clash against nearest rivals Canterbury today and team-mates Tahlia Walsh (Waikato) and Olivia Addis (Hawke's Bay) also unbeaten, the Waikato-Bays team have to win only three of the six matches in today's final tie in order to clinch the title.
Others in the team are Waikato's Ashleigh Harvey and Western Bay of Plenty player Taylah Stack.
In the four rounds so far Waikato-Bays have dropped only two individual matches with their depth of talent, which includes players who have all done well at national level, proving too much for other teams.
Second seeds Canterbury (26) are four points behind Waikato-Bays (30) going into the final round with Auckland third on 22 and Northern fourth on 17.
The Waikato-Bays boys' team have not been as successful as the girls' one, but all but one of the players are in their first year of the age group.
Lying in fourth place on 14 points behind Canterbury (30), Auckland (21) and Central (19), they did manage wins against both Northern and Southern yesterday.
The boys' team includes Rob Reynolds (Hawke's Bay), Josh Moorby (Waikato), Josh Cave (Waikato), Niko Barr (Bay of Plenty) and Ryan Jackways (Waikato).
AT A GLANCE
National 14s Tennis Teams Championship, Hamilton: Round 4: Boys: Auckland 5 Northern 1, Waikato-Bays 4 Southern 2, Canterbury 5 Central 1. Points: Canterbury 30, Auckland 21, Central 19, Waikato-Bays 14, Southern 7, Northern 5. Girls: Canterbury 6 Southern 0, Waikato 6 Northern 0, Auckland 6 Central 0. Points: Waikato 30,Canterbury 26, Auckland 22, Northern 17, Central 1, Southern 0
- Waikato Times