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The Eye 13.6.13
newsChasing our top tennis prize
What: The Eye Excellence Trophy
For who: Tennis Southland's best
junior tennis player from the
under-8s to under-18s.
Last season's inaugural winner:
Derek Bruin, from Otautau.
Claudia Smith, 11, Waihopai: The hard-
hitting and youngest of three Smith girls
again enjoyed another rewarding
season, including dominant wins in the
Southland open and closed 10s singles
championships. She often played up a
grade to get tougher competition and is
one of the province's brightest
Harriett Cuttance, 10: The Gore
youngster was a member of the all-
conquering Southland 10 years girls'
team, which dominated the opposition
in the southern districts teams event.
Cuttance also played well in the
Queenstown junior open and Invercargill
satellite tournaments, making the
singles final for her division.
Kimberly Heads, 12: A super athlete,
Heads was a member of the Southland
girls' 12 years team and had some top
results through the season. She was part
of the Southland team that won the
overall southern districts best region title
across all the age-groups in Invercargill
Emma Andrew, 15, Dipton: Andrew
went from strength to strength through
the season and a top win over the higher
ranked Kendall Kilpatrick in the
Southland junior open in February saw
the teenager break into the Southland
girls' 16 years and under team for the
second southern districts teams event in
Holly Munro, 12, Limehills: A natural
athlete, no-one could afford to take
Munro lightly. She pushed all the leading
girls in her age, including an unlucky
third set tiebreaker loss to eventual
winner Charlotte Hopcroft in the South-
land junior open semifinal in February.
Connor Ballantyne, 13, Central
Southland: Ballantyne was a steady
performer in the boys' 14s division and
that showed when he was one of the
leading performers in the Ensign Cup
five-tournament, sub-association comp-
etition. Ballantyne was fourth overall, just
seven points behind the winner.
Jordan Maher, 13, Te Anau: One of the
big improvers this season, Maher made
his Southland debut in the southern
zone teams event and acquitted himself
well at No 2 in the order.
Finn Holden, 10, Waihopai: Holden was
again one of Southland's top performers,
winning eight of 12 singles tournaments
he played in and never finishing worse
than third. He won the first individual
Ensign Cup trophy for winning four of his
five Southland sub-association
Emma White, 9, Stadium Tennis
Invercargill: One of Southland's most
promising juniors, White was again
consistent. One of her best results came
in the Otago junior spring open event in
Dunedin in October when she won the
girls' 10-year singles and doubles.
Sarah Allan, 15, Balfour: A class
performer, Allan won the Southland
senior women's singles title and made
no race of the junior open 16 years girls'
tournament in February. She continues
to lead the way among our junior girls.
Tom Shallard, 13, Riversdale: Shallard,
from the Riversdale club, has been one
of Southland's standout junior players
for some time and this season it was no
different. He led the Southland boys' 12
years and under team, and also enjoyed
some top tournament results.
Sam Menlove, Lumsden: Menlove
certainly loves his tennis, whether it's
training and honing his technique or
playing competition games and
tournaments. His highlight in 2012-13
was winning the B grade club title at the
end of the season.
Zoe Smith, 15, Waihopai: Was a key
member of Southland's top 14 years
and under girls team and won two
Southland senior titles in the women's
doubles and mixed doubles in a season
highlight in January.
Logan Stearne, 11, Otautau: He played
well for the Southland 10 years and
under team against Southern Lakes,
Otago, North Otago and South
Canterbury and next season will be keen
to make his mark in the 12 years grade.
Eden McIntosh, 12: The Waikaka lass
was one of the leading performers in
Southland tennis last season, with a
highlight being her selection in the
southern districts 12 years girls' team for
the national championship. McIntosh
sealed selection with a standout win in
the Wanaka junior open.
The search to find Tennis
Southland's best junior
player for the 2012-13
season has resulted in a
swag of top talent being
nominated for The Eye Excellence
The trophy, donated by The Eye,
was introduced last season to
recognise the province's best
junior player and the award's
concept has been lauded by
Tennis New Zealand because it
involves all the clubs and sub-
associations across Southland.
This season, there are 15 in with a
chance to take home the coveted
trophy after Derek Bruin, from
Otautau, was the inaugural
winner last season.
The number of finalists, and their
quality, has thrilled Tennis
Southland regional manager Paul
"We're delighted at the response,"
''This trophy really is about
finding the most consistent
junior, across all platforms and
aspects of tennis.''
The trophy won't just be about
recognising on-court success.
''It would also recognise players
who stood out for taking part in
tournaments, coaching and for
their overall attitude to tennis.''
The nominations will be reviewed
by a judging panel involving the
Tennis Southland junior
chairperson, the regional
manager and the association's
coaches. The winner will be
announced in The Eye later this
month or early next month.
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