Scarbro Caro Bowl 2018 Week 3
Men Pool A
Next Gen beat neighbours Parnell 5-1 on the weekend to finish top of the table after pool play. Macsen Sisam was upset by Liam Stoica in the top singles match but apart from that result it was all plain sailing for the defending champs. Cockle Bay secured a semi-final berth by beating Remuera 6-0 but the match was closer than the score indicates. Two matches went the distance but Cockle Bay scraped through in both of them. Remuera and Parnell now move into the relegation play-offs next weekend.
Men Pool B
Karaka and Blockhouse Bay had a mammoth battle on the weekend to decide the winner of Pool B. The appearance of Ajeet Rai for Blockhouse Bay added strength to the side and he combined with Martin Colenbrander to pick up the top doubles match. Karaka won the second doubles in a super tie-break to tie the contest going into the singles. Karaka ended up winning three singles matches to take the contest when Ed Corrie defeated Rai in three tight sets. Royal Oak beat Eden Epsom on sets countback but it was not enough to overtake Eden Epsom on the points table. The significant match in this contest was the brotherly duel between Rubin and Oliver Statham which was won by Rubin. Both these teams now move into the relegation play-offs next weekend along with the third and fourth placed teams from Pool A.
Royal Oak consolidated its position at the top of the table with a routine 6-0 win against Pompallier. Bucklands Beach currently sit in second place after beating Kohi on countback but they have played one more game than Sunnyhills and Campbell Park who lie in third and fourth place. Campbell Park scored its second win of the season while Sunnyhills enjoyed the bye last weekend. At this stage of the competition there are just seven points separating the top four teams.
Go to the SCARBRO Caro Bowl section at www.tennisauckland.co.nz for full draws and results.