Cockle Bay continued its unbeaten run this season by defeating Blockhouse Bay in the semi-final on Friday night. The two doubles matches were shared with Meredith/Heap winning a thriller against Stoupe/Colenbrander in the top doubles for Cockle Bay. The experienced pairing of Megraw/Romero were too good for Reynolds/Hunt so the tie was level at 1-1 going into the singles. Cockle Bay came through strongly in these matches with James Meredith, Rob Reynolds and Connor Heap clinching a spot in the final.
The Next Gen v Karaka semi-final was also very even. Purcell/Crowther (NG) came through for a critical doubles point against Kelly/Moser while Karaka claimed the bottom doubles. Next Gen were too strong in the top singles matches and won them both in straight sets. Corban Crowther won a battle of the juniors at number 4 when he defeated Reece Falck in three sets. This completed the victory for Next Gen who also remain unbeaten this season.
Men 5-8 Play-Offs
Bucklands Beach defeated Remuera 5-1 to secure a spot in the competition next year. The Eastern Bays side got off to a good start by winning both doubles matches before claiming three of the four singles matches. Alex Klintcharov was the only winner for Remuera in the top singles. Eden Epsom were too good for Royal Oak and won 5-1 to avoid the relegation play-off this Friday. Remuera and Royal Oak will battle for survival in the grade when they play each other this week.
Bucklands Beach gained revenge from last years final when they beat Royal Oak in a very even contest. Royal Oak led 2-0 after the doubles and looked set for victory but Bucklands Beach pulled the rug from under the Oak feet to win 3 singles to claim the tie on a sets countback. In the other semi-final, Sunnyhills won both doubles and then brought the win home with 3 singles victories. The final between Sunnyhills and Bucklands Beach will be played this Friday 29 November at Koru Tennis Club starting at 6pm.
Women 5-8 Play-Offs
Blockhouse Bay and Campbell Park both avoided the relegation play-off match by winning their contests last Friday night. Blockhouse beat Pompallier 4-2 and Campbell romped past an under strength Kohi side. Pompallier and Kohi will play the relegation match on December 6th.
The Women’s Final will be played this Friday November 29th. The men’s relegation match along with Men’s 3 v 4 and 5 v 6 contests will also be played this Friday.
Go to the SCARBRO Caro Bowl section at https://www.tennisauckland.co.nz/scarbro-caro-bowl for full draws and results