Regional One Championship – Round 7


Martinborough are within touching distance of securing the Shirley Corlett Trophy after defeating a tenacious Opaki 1 in the latest round of Wairarapa Tennis regional interclub held at Martinborough on Saturday.

While the home side were widely tipped to cruise to victory, Opaki 1 proved they were no pushovers – as they have proved throughout the season thus far.

In fact No.1 player for the visitors Duncan Oakley, held his nerve to overcome Martinborough’s evergreen Steve Chapman in a second-set tiebreaker to give Opaki 1 the sniff of a famous upset.

Martinborough’s Marco De Groot is always a man for the big stage mind you, and levelled the fixture with a comfortable defeat of Jon McNab.

Despite losing the first of the doubles, Chapman & De Groot finished strongly to maintain Martinborough’s perfect record for the season and in the process, keeping a huge margin between them and second-placed Gladstone on the points table.

Gladstone’s faint hope of catching Martinborough, was slightly improved with their 3-0 dismissal of Carterton.

The first appearance of Andi Steinemann after hip surgery was a welcome sight for Carterton, although ultimately he had to hobble off injured against Lochie McNab late in the second set. At the time of Steinemann’s retirement, McNab was well in control and he would have been happy to exorcise some grass-court demons from last season.

Gladstone’s Scott Day handed out a quick-fire thrashing to Marcus Laing and then combined with McNab to seal the tie in the doubles.

Opaki 2 moved up to third on the points table with a solid 3-0 defeat of Masterton.

In the top men’s rubber Opaki 2’s Chris Davidson had to quell an initial onslaught from Chad Parson to win in three sets, while Brett Dymond was rarely troubled in his defeat of Masterton’s Lawrence Prince.

The doubles turned out to be a tight affair with Davidson and Dymond winning the big points when it mattered to sneak home in straight sets.

Round 8 will be held at Masterton on Friday evening with Martinborough locking horns with Gladstone in a must-win match for Gladstone.

Martinborough def Opaki 2 2-1 (Martinborough names first). – Singles: Steve Chapman lost to Duncan Oakley 3-6 6-7; Marco De Groot beat Jon McNab 6-2 6-2. Doubles: Chapman & De Groot beat Oakley & McNab 5-7 6-2 6-2.

Gladstone def Carterton 3-0 (Gladstone names first). – Singles: Lochie McNab beat Andi Steinemann 6-2 4-1 Retired; Scott Day beat Marcus Laing 6-1 6-0. Doubles: McNab & Day beat Laing & Moritz Steinemann 6-7 6-1 6-0.

Opaki 2 def Masterton 3-0 (Opaki 2 names first). – Singles: Chris Davidson beat Chad Parson 2-6 6-2 6-1; Brett Dymond beat Lawrence Prince 6-2 6-3. Doubles: Davidson & Dymond beat Parson & Prince 6-4 7-5.

Shirley Corlett Trophy Points: Martinborough 26, *Gladstone 16, Opaki (2) 13, Carterton 12, *Opaki (1) 9, Masterton 4. * Denotes 1 match in hand.