Tasman tennis players at the South Island teams event in Timaru. Photo: Supplied.

Clean sweep for junior tennis team in Timaru


Tasman’s top young tennis guns won the South Island teams event in Timaru earlier this month.

The Tasman team, consisting of 8 Nelson and 8 Marlborough players, took on four other associations in the annual 10s and 12s age group.

Tasman won both the 10s and 12s trophy as well as the overall winners trophy.

The 10s team had a testing first tie against South Canterbury, with the boys triumphant in both singles and doubles, while the girls came up against tough competition. Both the girls and the boys came to the fore against Otago, romping home with a comprehensive win 11-1.

Southland showed strength across the 10s with the final score dependent on the doubles matches; Connor Edmonds (Tahuna) and Daniel Tomlinson (Hope) warmed up their doubles game in the second set to win in a tie breaker against Leo Tagg and Kees Cummings 1/4, 4/1 8/6, the final score 7-5 in Tasman’s favour.

Despite the weather shortening the tie on the final day against Canterbury Country, both Lucy Mitchell (Nelson) and Maisson Begg (Nelson) won their singles; Mitchell 5/4, 5/4 against Gemma Hyslop and Begg 4/2, 4/1 against Libby Feutz. Nelson 10s combined well with a proficient Marlborough 10s team to win the 10s section of the fixture.

A strong Tasman 12s team got off to a sprint start with a 12-0 win against both South Canterbury and Otago, followed by a 9-3 win against Southland. A rain-shortened final tie against Canterbury Country saw Tasman take the win 6-4.

Harry Pugh (Hope) and Lachie Mackay-Smith (Mapua) successfully won all their matches throughout the tie, with Ashley Welsh conceding 1 doubles and Maia Kininmonth only a doubles and singles.

The Talley’s Nelson representative 10s and 12s tennis team and Marlborough players proved a formidable team this season, bringing home all three trophies.

Nelson players; Ashley Welsh, Maia Kininmonth, Harry Pugh, Lachie MacKay-Smith, Lucy Mitchell, Maisson Begg, Connor Edmonds, Daniel Tomlinson.