Top effort from North Otago group

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The North Otago Junior Rep teams’ fine form has continued in the Southern Region Quad Event held in Dunedin last weekend.

Competing against Otago, Southland, Southern Lakes and South Canterbury, North Otago produced their best result for a number of years, finishing fourth overall, just 36 points behind eventual winners Otago.

The 10s team narrowly lost out to South Canterbury in their section, finishing in second place, just two points adrift of the winners. The girls’ team held a 100 per cent record while the boys produced a mixed set of results. The highlight for the locals was downing defending champions Southland, who had not lost a 10s event for more than two years.

North Otago coach Steve Dries said the future of local tennis looks positive following the fine performances produced by the 10s contingent.

“The improvement in this age group all goes well for the future of North Otago tennis,” he said.

“Special mention to Megan Dodd, who went undefeated for the weekend and Jake Gilchrist, who lost just one match in a third set tie break for the weekend.”

A weakend 12s team fought hard to muster a fourth place finish after Jack Newlands moved up to the higher age group and Simone Hamilton was unavailable until the Sunday.

The 14s side also notched a fourth spot, but capped off the weekend with a fine win over rivals Otago, with Sam Roberts producing the only boys’ singles win for the weekend before partnering Callum Bayne for the only boys’ doubles match victory.

The 16s group took out third place in their age group, with the high point coming in the form of an impressive win over South Canterbury.

Rebecca Dellaway produced a dazzling individual display, remaining undefeated in the singles for the duration of the tournament.

Dries believes the local group are on the rise following the weekend’s action.

“All teams showed fantastic improvement from the November Quads and the strength and depth is rising in junior tennis in the region,” he said.

By JAMES FORD

TALENTED: The under-14 and and under-16 teams finished in fourth and third place respectively at the Southern Region Quad Event in Dunedin.

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