Junior tennis trophy stays put

The Gardiner Trophy remains firmly in Marlborough hands after the latest instalment of the annual junior tennis fixture was played out at the Forrest Winery Tennis Centre last weekend.

Twenty-eight juniors from both sides of the hill lined up to vie for the trophy, held for the past two years by the home side.

They made sure the silverware was going nowhere in 2019, comprehensively taking out the tie 39-17.

The fixture is played across four age grades – 16, 14, 12 and 10 – with each match counting towards the overall total.

Marlborough took out three of the four grades, winning the 16s 7-1, the 12s 15-1 and the 10s 11-5. Nelson prevailed in the 14s 10-6.

An added bonus for the home side was the appearance of national champion and junior Fed Cup representative Jade Otway, whose ever-improving all-court game helped Marlborough dominate the 16s.

Other players to shine included Oscar Parkinson, who won all his games in the 16s, including a hard-hitting singles clash against Sam Innes-Walker.

Brandon Brooker picked up three of Marlborough’s six wins in the 14s.

In the 12s the boys quartet of Felix Parkinson, Sid Yank, Dan Clarke and Theo Sandford-Jury were unbeaten, along with Ana Eradus, Lily Walkenhorst and Ella Sowman among the female contingent.

Oliver Clarke, Josh Harris, Jemimah O’Donnell and Poppy Parkinson won three-from-three in the 10s grade.

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