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Mercury Bay Pickleball Club’s courts were filled with competitive play over the weekend as they hosted an open Pickleball tournament, which called on teams of four to head to Whitianga and compete, to represent their club, and get their hands on a medal!
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The play format for teams of four is highly enjoyable. A team consists of two females and two males, and they compete against other teams by playing a women’s doubles game, a men’s doubles game and two mixed doubles games.

The support from fellow team members on the sidelines over the weekend made for atmospheric and passionate gameplay!

With 32 players participating – two thirds from the surrounding areas, 12 from Auckland and Northland – the competition was bound to be fierce. There were plenty of tough games over the two days of play, with surprising defeats and exciting triumphs. The feedback on the tournament has been extremely positive. It was great to bring out-of-towners into the beautiful place we call home, and show them what Mercury Bay is made of! The Mercury Bay Pickleball Club are excited to start planning the next open tournament.

A huge congratulations to the medal winners:

Gold Medallists: Matarangi Cruisers – Diane Moffitt, Kevin Zeng, Elaine Moore & Tony Minto

Silver Medallists: Mercury Bay Marlins – Sarah Woolley, Justin Woolley, Andrea Williams & Hakan Nedjat

Bronze Medallists: Sorry Not Sorry (representing Auckland) – Justine Delport, Reece LeRoy, Linda Mee & Kevin Worrall.

For those interested in giving Pickleball a go, all are welcome to head along to their social Sunday sessions, 4-6pm, at the MBAS Sports Hall. Check out their website for more info