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Tennis trophy back in Marlborough

The victorious Marlborough tennis team. From left: Cameron Lyons, Sina Walter, Oscar Sandford-Jury, Jade Otway, Hamish Morrow, Eveline Apthorp, Hamish McRae, Meiko Kimura. Photo: Supplied.

The historic Lucas Cup is back in Marlborough hands.

The much-coveted tennis trophy, which has been at stake between senior players from Marlborough and Nelson for 70 years, was recently contested in Nelson.

Marlborough came away with a 10-6 overall victory, bringing the cup back across the Whangamoas for the first time since 2005.

The doubles matches which started the day were tightly-contested, Marlborough losing both the men’s encounters but the female combinations of Jade Otway and Eveline Apthorp, plus Sina Walter and Mieko Kimura both getting home in super tiebreakers.

Marlborough took control in the singles, winning six of the eight match-ups.

Hamish Morrow, Oscar Sandford-Jury, who prevailed in a high-quality three-setter, Hamish McRae, Otway, Apthorp and Mieko Kimura were victorious to push Marlborough in front 8-4 and within a point of victory.

It did not take long for the tie to be decided, Marlborough’s top pairing of Morrow and Otway dominating in the mixed to clinch the Lucas Cup.

Otway’s return was a key factor, the NZ junior rep winning all her three matches, as did the consistent Apthorp.

Morrow, the team captain said it was “special” to win the cup.

“I have been trying for seven years, since I returned to Marlborough, to bring the trophy back so it was a special moment for us to finally get our hands on it.

“Our win was the result of a strong team performance across the board, everyone played their part.”

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