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Junior tennis power depth shines through
Eye, eye: Holly Munro, with The Eye Excellence Tennis Trophy, that she and Jordan Maher, from Te Anau, have been
named as joint winners.
Photo: DARYL HOLDEN. 628364664
By DARYL HOLDEN
What: The Eye Excellence Tennis
Trophy, donated by The Eye
For who: Tennis Southland's best
junior tennis player from the
under-8s to under-18s.
2012-13 winner: Joint winners ---
Holly Munro, Limehills, and
Jordan Maher, Te Anau.
The other finalists: Claudia
Smith, 11, Waihopai club; Sarah
Allan, 15, Balfour; Tom Shallard,
13, Riversdale; Sam Menlove,
Lumsden; Zoe Smith, 15,
Waihopai; Logan Stearne, 11,
Otautau; Eden McIntosh, 12,
Eastern; Harriett Cuttance, 10,
Gore; Kimberly Heads, 12, Gore;
Emma Andrew, 15; Dipton,
Connor Ballantyne, 13, Central
Southland; Emma White, 10,
Stadium Tennis; Finn Holden, 10,
Last season's inaugural winner:
Derek Bruin, from Otautau
Holly Munro --- the joint winner
of the Eye Excellence Tennis
Trophy --- smiles when you ask
where she will place her special
''In the living room, where
everyone can see it,'' the per-
sonable 12-year-old says.
So the Munro family, from
Limehills, had better make some
prominent living room space for
the impressive annual trophy,
which was introduced last season
to recognise Tennis Southland's
most consistent junior player
under 18 years of age.
The trophy, donated by The Eye
newspaper, won't be parked up in
the Munro household for all of the
next 12 months though because
Jordan Maher, 13, from Te Anau,
has shared the award spoils after
a judges' vote could not split the
And you could not ague with the
decision because both Munro and
Maher were among the most
consistent and hardest-working
junior players on the Southland
circuit in the 2012-13 season.
Munro, in her fourth season of
serious play, was one of South-
land's best girls in the tough 12
years age-group, never being easy
to beat because of her athleticism
and determination never to toss it
in, even when the going got tough.
She improved through the season
and had a breakthrough tourna-
ment in the South Island teams
event against South Canterbury,
Otago, Tasman and Canterbury in
Timaru at Queen's Birthday
Weekend in June.
Munro, at number 3 in the order,
won three of her four singles to be
Southland's standout player in
both the 12s and 10 years age-
''I like to keep people running,''
Munro said of her strategy.
''(Coach) Peter White has helped
me get here.
''He sees what areas of my game I
need to work on and that has
Maher also benefited from
White's tutelage, emerging in the
past season as a genuine represen-
tative player in the Southland 12
years boys team.
His consistency was highlighted
when he finished second in the
inaugural individual Ensign Cup
series involving about 180 boys
and girls in five sub-association
tournaments in Central, North-
ern, Eastern and Western South-
land and Invercargill.
Players accumulated points from
matches won across the eight to
18 years age groups and Maher
finished with 46 points, just one
behind the winner.
Tennis Southland regional man-
ager Paul Westbury acknow-
ledged Maher and Munro's super
seasons, saying the duo were star
performers, which was why it was
impossible to split them in
picking the second Eye trophy
winner after Derek Bruin, from
Otautau, last season.
Westbury said the quality of all 15
finalists showed the sport had
great depth in junior players.
''It really was a star-studded field
of junior players and from right
around the province,'' Westbury
''The quality of entries showed
the pull and significance of the
trophy for the clubs, sub-
associations and, of course, the
Teens take tennis to
the top for Southland
Let's hear it for Kim Allan and Josh
The teenagers are two of Southland's
outstanding tennis prospects and
fine 2012-13 seasons have been
acknowledged with important
Kim and Josh have been named
Tennis Southland's most improved
junior girl and boy in awards open to
all Southland players under-18 years
Their wins should not be a surprise
because the pair excelled at all
levels, but particularly at national
junior team championships.
Kim, from Gore High School, showed
her class with top displays for the
southern districts 16 years girls team
at the national teams event in
Auckland in April, while Josh, from
James Hargest College, also shone
for the southern boys 14 years team
The southern districts teams com-
prise the best players from South
Canterbury to Southland. Even
making those squads from South-
land is a notable feat.
Tennis Southland head coach Pete
White said the pair stood out
because of their national champion-
ship team performances.
''Basically, they were the best
performances by Southland players
at a national level,'' White said.
The most improved awards, along
with the announcement of joint
winners for the Eye Excellence
Trophy, capped a top season for
Tennis Southland regional manager
Paul Westbury said planning was
underway to have an upmarket
awards evening next season. Junior
and senior players, and key spon-
sors, would be acknowledged at the
function, likely to be held in April.
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