WAIRARAPA TENNIS REGIONAL ONE REPORT – GAWITH SHIELD WEEK 3
There were plenty of talking points after the latest round of Wairarapa Tennis regional one interclub matches played over the weekend but despite an intense examination from Opaki, it was Gladstone who extended their lead at the head of the table.
Martinborough also got in on the act to register their first win of the championship but it was the performance of the young Gladstone team that really took the eye, reversing earlier losses to Opaki in the pre-Christmas competition, to record their third victory on the bounce.
Though it was anything but regulation for the championship top-dogs in a fixture played at the Masterton Tennis Centre on Thursday evening.
In fact, had the Opaki men’s doubles pairing of Chris Davidson and Brett Dymond won their third-set super tiebreaker against Lochie McNab and Scott Day, it would have been Opaki that won the fixture on a games countback, but as it was Gladstone triumphed 4-2.
Earlier in the night McNab got Gladstone off to a flying start defeating Davidson comfortably in the top men’s singles, though perhaps more notable was the effort of Day who dismissed Brett Dymond in straight sets, having lost to the same player twice in the earlier part of the season.
Rebecca Perry also chipped in for Gladstone, outlasting Belinda Day in a third set super tiebreaker, and while Stu Wyeth and the mixed doubles combinations chalked up victories for Opaki, the men’s doubles victory to Gladstone was the difference maker.
Gladstone can now finish no worse than second at the end of pool play while Opaki face a must-win match against Masterton this coming week to keep their top 3 chances intact.
Martinborough played host to Masterton, rolling out their strongest line up to ensure they got the job done.
As it happened, the victory was anything but straightforward with the two teams level at 2 rubbers apiece after the singles.
It was widely expected that the Martinborough would have their way with Masterton in the men’s singles and while Chris Wilkie and Matt Nicholson obliged for the home side, Marco De Groot was spectacularly upstaged by Masterton’s Kelby Courtney in the No 2 match.
In an epic encounter where both players had multiple match points and finished at 10-8 in the third set tiebreaker, Courtney shrugged off consecutive losses to send the previously unbeaten De Groot packing in a high quality match.
Another top-drawer performance for Masterton came in the women’s match where Gerry Brooking took apart the more fancied Carla Didsbury in quick time, although this was Didsbury’s first singles appearance of the season.
However, Martinborough showed why they are the defending champions, bouncing back to claim the men’s doubles and mixed doubles but in the final wash up it was somewhat more difficult than they would have hoped.
On Friday night Martinborough will face a rejuvenated Carterton team which promises to be a cracking fixture if both teams turn up with their top personnel.
Gladstone def Opaki 4-2 (Gladstone names first). – Mens Singles: Lochie McNab beat Chris Davidson 6-3 6-3; Scott Day beat Brett Dymond 6-3 6-4; Mitch Blackwood lost to Stu Wyeth 4-6 0-6. Womens Singles: Rebecca Perry beat Belinda Day 6-4 5-7 7-6. Mens Doubles: McNab & Day beat Davidson & Dymond 6-3 6-7 7-6. Mixed Doubles: Blackwood & Perry lost to Jon McNab & Day 4-6 0-6.
Martinborough def Masterton 4-2 (Martinborough names first). – Mens Singles: Chris Wilkie beat Chad Parson 6-2 7-5; Marco De Groot lost to Kelby Courtney 6-2 4-6 6-7; Matt Nicholson beat Dan Grace 6-2 6-2. Womens Singles: Carla Didsbury lost to Gerry Brooking 1-6 2-6. Mens Doubles: Wilkie & Nicholson beat Courtney & Grace 6-0 6-4. Mixed Doubles: De Groot & Didsbury beat Parson & Brooking 6-4 7-6.
Regional One Championship Points: Gladstone 18, Carterton 11, Martinborough 7, Masterton 7, Opaki 4.
Regional Two Championship Points: Greytown 66, Masterton 60, Gladstone 45, Martinborough 44, Opaki Red 42, Opaki White 29.