Quadrangular contest pits regions against each other
North Otago’s top tennis players face a tough test at this weekend’s quadrangular tournament, being contested in Oamaru and Queenstown.
The North Otago division one and two teams will be joined by teams from Otago and Central Lakes, while Southland’s teams, made up of players from Invercargill and Te Anau, will battle against each other after deciding not to travel for the event.
Division one play will take place in Queenstown, while the division two sides will play at Oamaru’s Chelmer St grass courts on Saturday and Sunday.
Representing North Otago in the division one men’s team will be Robin Jamieson, Jason Forrest, Josh Dalziel and Nick Dalziel, while Nicky Wallace, Mackenzie
Phillips, Judith Wallace and Julie Craig line up for the women’s team.
The division two men’s team is made up of Shane Keenan, Glen Claridge, Jeremy Ferguson and Matt Howard, while the women’s team comprises Rebecca Ryan, Brylee More, Taylor Ludemann and Caitlin Judd.
Matches will be decided in a best-of-three-set format in both singles and doubles play.
North Otago division one representative Josh Dalziel said this year will be at least the third time the division one side has gone up a grade, and expected they would be facing stiff competition.
‘‘We should expect to get a couple of matches, but at least be competitive. We could potentially knock off Central Lakes or Otago.’’
He said Keenan would have been in the division one team but he was unable to travel, while the women’s division one side will be without the services of Rebecca
Dellaway, who is playing in the Canterbury Open at Christchurch’s Cashmere Tennis Club.
‘‘If we had our strongest team we could have been in a position to win it, but we won’t rule ourselves out,’’ Dalziel said of the division one team’s chances.
He expected the division two teams to ‘‘hold their own’’ at the tie, but admitted it had been a struggle to attract female players at a high enough level.
‘‘I think all districts are struggling to get women players,’’ Dalziel said.