Tuesday, 26 January 2021


“Some of the best club tennis available in New Zealand” at Matarangi tournament

Spectators were treated to an outstanding display of top-class tennis in the annual Matarangi Tennis Tournament on Saturday last week. “Last year’s standard was exceptionally high, but the quality this year was exceptional,” says Chris Palmer, tournament organiser. “We probably have seen some of the best club tennis available in New Zealand.”

The tournament was divided into a men’s doubles division and a mixed doubles division. Twelve pairs - among them several players belonging to the Next Generation Tennis Club in Parnell, Auckland - competed for the men’s doubles title and nine pairs battled it out in the mixed doubles division.

The competitors came from all over Auckland, as well as Tauranga, Waiuku, Tuakau, Matarangi, Coromandel Town and Whitianga.

In the men’s doubles final the Next Generation pairing of Jason So and David Farsky were too good for fellow Next generation player, Eythain Diaz, and his partner, John Joyce. John is playing his tennis at Mission Bay in Auckland. He and Eythain have teamed up in other tournaments before. The final score was 9 - 4.

The mum and son pairing of Emma Thomas-Byrom and Ryan Crawford prevailed 9 - 7 over Kelly Drew and Callum Beals in the mixed doubles final. Emma and Ryan are members of the Waiuku Tennis Club. Kelly and Callum live in Tuakau. Kelly is a member of the Sunnyhills Tennis Club while Callum describes himself as a “night tennis” player.

“We’ve had perfect weather and the tournament was played in great spirit,” says Chris. “It was a long day and I’ll be looking at ways to make it an even better event next year. Thank you to all the players and all the sponsors. I look forward to seeing everyone again next year.”

The Informer was the main sponsor of the tournament. The other sponsors were Pip Perry of Ray White Real Estate, Puku & Kerres Liquor Store and Matarangi Four Square.

Pictured: Chris (on the left) with the men’s doubles winners, David Farsky (in the centre) and Jason So.


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