Tough going for tennis youngsters

Tasman 14s player Lily Parkinson in action. Photo: Peter Jones.

Tasman’s rising tennis stars put up a strong showing against a formidable Canterbury representative selection at Pollard Park over the weekend.

The fixture was contested across 10s, 12s and 14s age groups.

A few injuries, other sporting commitments and timing meant Tasman were not at full strength but those that played represented the province with pride.

Canterbury boast plenty of depth in the junior levels, this year was no exception and the team, coached by Matt Meredith, made a strong start with Tasman picking up only two wins in the doubles to Rocket Richards and Liam Howes in the 10s boys, plus Lily Parkinson and Ashley Welsh in the 14s girls.

Tasman, coached by John Gardiner and Ashleigh Calder, tried to regroup before the singles matches but again Canterbury were very strong with only Ashley Welsh and Poppy Eradus picking up wins in the 14s girls and Rocket Richards in the 10s boys. The mixed doubles also went the way of Canterbury although Tasman put up a strong fight.

On Sunday the reverse singles were contested. Wins were recorded by Sid Yank in the 12s boys and Liam Howes in the 10s boys.

Marlborough player Joe Bushell came in at the last minute and helped out Canterbury, who had a sick player He had four wins in the 10s competition.

Tasman players from Marlborough: Jay Geris, Brandon Brooker, William Poff, Joe Yank, Dan Clarke, Ryo Kimura, Elijah O’Donnell, Sid Yank, Oliver Clarke, Josh Harris, Lily Parkinson, Poppy Eradus, Lilly Walkenhorst, Jemimah O’Donnell, Poppy Parkinson.

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