Nelson Leader : April 11th 2013
39 THE NELSON LEADER, APRIL 11, 2013 SPORT Eye on the ball: Doubles team Keegan Hornblow and Tracey Murray playing against Jane and Olivia Peterson in the Lone Star Parent-Child tennis tournament at Hope Tennis Club, Nelson. Photos: VIRGINIA WOOLF Family ties essential in Lone Star tennis High five: Mother and daughter doubles team Jane and Olivia Peterson during their match against Keegan Hornblow and Tracey Murray. Go dad: Father and son doubles team Brett and Luke Meehan. Seventy-four players com- peted in the annual Lone Star Cafe and Bar Parent Child Tennis Tournament which took place last Sunday at the Hope Tennis Club. Nelson Bays tennis develop- ment officer Lynnie Nevin said the event attracted many players who had competed before and a number of first-time competitors. Chris Painter and Dale Herbst from Motueka Club won all four matches in the round robin of the novice category, and then beat Roger and Hannah Young of the Stoke Club 6-4 in the final. The 12-under category attrac- ted the largest draw, with 27 parent-child pairings. Top seeds Richard and Tom Peterson from Stoke Tennis Club beat fellow club members Bob and Owen Barnett 9-5 in the first semi-final. In the other, second seeds Al and Sam Innes-Walker from Nel- son Lawn Tennis Club fought out a nail-biting match against third seeds James and Luke Brown of Tasman Tennis Club. This match went down to the wire with the Brown pairing winning 9-8 in a tie-break. This set up a final showdown between the Petersons and the Browns, with the Browns racing off to a 5-0 lead. The Petersons clawed their way back into the match, winning the next six games to take the lead 6-5. But the Browns fought back and won the match 9-7. The 12-under plate match was won by Geoff and Emma Devine of Stoke Club who beat Carlton and Farrah Richards of Nelson Lawn Tennis Club in another close battle, 6-5. The 12-under special plate was won by David and Sophie Hurst of Golden Bay Tennis Club, who beat George and Luca Molnar 6-4, of Nelson Lawn Tennis Club, in the final. The 13 to 18-year category involved some close matches. A countback was required to deter- mine the winner, with both Gretchen and Caitlin Lund of Golden Bay Club and Gary and Matthew Parkinson of Stoke and Tasman Tennis Club winning three out of their four matches. The Parkinsons won the division by four points, despite the Lunds having beaten them 9-6. The fair play awards went to Samantha Cronin, Stoke; Pip Curry, Tahunanui; Trent Slierendrecht, Tasman; Daniel Stock, Hope. Meanwhile, a bumper field of at least 130 players has entered the Nelson Junior Summer Open at the Tasman Tennis Club this weekend. Lynnie said players from as far afield as the West Coast, Wellington, Marlborough and Christchurch would be taking part. She said the age range was from under-8s to under-18s. Our youngest competitor is a six-year-old from the West Coast.'' About 60 per cent of the competitors are from the Nelson region. The doubles competition takes place this Friday, with Saturday and Sunday reserved for the singles. The boys 12-under section is the biggest category, with a full draw of 32 players. The 10-under boys also has a large draw with 26 competitors, including 9-year-old Luke Brown, who won the Parent Child tournament. Parent Child tournament semi- finalists Owen Barnett and Sam Innes-Walker will be teaming up for the 10-under doubles this Friday.
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