Mar 17, 2017
Women’s Chelsea Cup 17th March - Round 6 vs Lake Pupuke
Round 7 of the Women’s Chelsea Cup competition vs Lake Pupuke took place on Friday on an absolutely beautiful evening at Lake Pupuke Tennis Club. Our Captain and number one player Chloe Shin took on Caitlin Ward and demonstrated once again that she is a formidable player as she made extremely light work of defeating Caitlin with a 6-0 6-1 score. Sarah Weekley playing at number 2 played a very tough match against Lake Pupuke’s coach Anet Tarabova but managed to pull off a hard fought win of 6-4 6-4. Our number 3 player Lara McNaughten totally dominated Craigie McCulloch from the start and never allowed her older and more experienced opponent in to the game beating her with both power and pace finishing with a 6-0 6-2 win. Miranda Yuan playing at number 4 took on Lake Pupuke’s Aimee Brown. This was a very close contest with both players fighting hard but Miranda couldn’t pull off a win on the night and went down 6-3 6-4. Our top doubles pairing of Chloe Shin and Victoria Hartland took on Caitlin Ward and Craigie McCulloch. Despite a somewhat slow and nervous start Chloe and Victoria soon came into their own and played some impressive tennis finishing with a 6-2 6-4 win. Our second doubles pairing of Sarah Weekley and Lara McNaughten didn’t fare as well against Anet Tarabova and Aimee Brown. Sarah and Lara weren’t able to fire up and get into the game which resulted in a 6-3 6-2 loss. The overall result was a 4-2 win for Campbell’s Bay which puts us in second place on the leader board with 30 points behind Northcote on 31 points.
Men’s Chelsea Cup 17th March - Round 6 vs Mairangi Bay
“King of The Bays” - Congratulations to our Premium Chelsea Cup Men’s Team for a solid win on Friday night. We knocked Brown’s Bay off their perch and now Mairangi Bay. It was a very good win, 5 -1 against a younger and less experienced side. Despite the win margin the matches were still very closely contested and yet again the entertainment value was top notch.
Congrats to Connor van Dalsum on his first Chelsea Cup win against Filip Popovich, 6-4, 7-6 (5). Connor held his nerve to win the tie break against Filip who decided to go large or go home on 3 match-points against him. Mark Nielsen gave nothing away in his 6-1, 6-0 win over Kento Suga. In the true spirit of the noblest of sports, Mark made his opponent, “earn and learn” to win every point. Bailey Sutton at just 14 or 15 was given the same master class by Brendon Furness a 6-2, 6-4 win that didn’t necessarily go all Brendon’s way. Adam went to 3 sets against Mairangi Bay’s No1. Ben Holmes losing 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.
Our red hot Tongan team of Matavao and Semisi Fanguna again did not disappoint the crowd. It was like a WWF tag team title fight, the heavyweights vs the bantamweights. Trust me the match was close at 6-2, 7-6 and the exchanges hotly contested. The Bros continued to hit huge, with Nadal-like topspin and the Mairangi Boys often replied with utter distain. Counter punching by taking the ball early and neutralising the fire balls.
And there’s more to come, the men play their last round robin match at Whangaparaoa this Friday 24th. They are currently in the top 3, and we will most likely be in the Semi Finals on the 31st March. The women have a bye this Friday.
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