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Southland tennis news with Daryl Holden
Southland win against the odds
Finest tennis moment in years
A winning shot: Southland's Pippa O'Connell, 10, returns the ball against Southern Lakes in the southern district tennis
teams event at Queens Park on Sunday. O'Connell won her singles and her team led the way for a rare overall win for
Southland across all four age-groups.
Photo: DOUG FIELD 627649272
What: Southland's triumphant teams in the southern districts' junior
10s -- boys: Sam Clark, Finn Holden, Nick Munro, Matthew Scully.
Girls: Harriet Cuttance, Pippa O'Connell, Claudia Smith, Emma White.
12s -- boys: Thomas Clark, Ben Clixby, Jordan Maher, Tom Shallard.
Girls: Charlotte Hopcroft, Eden McIntosh, Ella Smith, Kimberley Heads.
14s -- boys: Derek Bruin, Jimmy Johnson, Josh McDermott, Haydon
Girls: Kim Allan, Alexandra Cochrane, Rachel Marshall, Zoe Smith.
16s -- boys: Joshua Cochrane, Spencer McIntosh, Kelson Sadlier, Caleb
Girls: Sarah Allan, Emma Andrew , Kendall Kilpatrick, Fiona Macdonald.
What: Southern districts' junior
mixed teams tennis event for the
10s, 12s, 14s and 16 years'
Where: In Invercargill
Final overall standings:
Southland 149 points, Otago 137,
South Canterbury 134, Southern
Lakes 95 points, North Otago 45.
Victorious: Thrilled Southland coach
Don't be alarmed if you spot
Tennis Southland coach Pete
White smiling so hard that it
looks like he's swallowed a coat
Why? Because Southland's long-
serving regional development
coach is enjoying one of his, and
the province's finest tennis
moments for a nearly a decade,
after winning the southern dis-
tricts' junior teams title in
Invercargill last weekend.
Southland headed off South
Canterbury, Otago, Southern
Lakes and North Otago to win the
Craig Workman Trophy for just
the third time in 26 years and the
first time in eight years for being
the overall winners in the mixed
teams event that attracted 160
players in the 10s, 12s, 14s and 16
For White, Tennis Southland's
coach for 21 years, it was a very
sweet result because it probably
shouldn't happen. Many of his
charges are up against it because
of a lack of quality matchplay, no
interclub competition in
Invercargill and not having
settled weather or a dedicated
indoor facility to train and play
in. But somehow they overcame
all of that by working as a team,
according to White.
''You can't get a result like that if
you don't have player depth,'' said
White, who was assisted by fellow
coach Kurt Hodson.
''That's the reason why Southland
came out with the overall teams
''I can also tell you that, without
question, over the years we have
lost key matches to become the
bridesmaid in this event. That's
happened so often but on this
occasion the key matches were
taken care of by us.''
Southland's charge was led by the
10s team, which again won their
division. The girls' team of
Claudia Smith, Emma White,
Pippa O'Connell and Harriett
Cuttance were especially out-
standing, winning 23 of their 24
''They've been undefeated for the
past two seasons,'' White said.
''When a team is doing that it
forms the basis for everything to
Now White hopes the win will be
a big boost to the sport and
hopefully entice others to take it
''When a team wins like this the
absolute dream is for more people
to want to become involved,'' he
''Winning is a tonic for sport and
it's something that we're very
keen to maintain. But it can only
be done by being diligent in terms
of making sure teams have depth
in every age-group.''
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