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Martinborough show credentials with whitewash

Martinborough confirmed their favouritism to retain the Gawith Shield with a clean sweep of Carterton in the latest round of the Wairarapa Tennis Regional One Championship on Saturday.

The defending champions’ dominance was so pronounced they didn’t drop a set against a Carterton side missing several of their top players, including William Day and the talented Orsborn siblings, William, Olivia and Lucy.

At the top of the men’s order, Chris Wilkie dispatched Andi Steinemann 6-3 6–0; Ed Wilkie double-donuted Johnty Tatham 6–0 6–0 in the battle of the number twos; Marco de Groot was too good for Troy Crout, winning 6–1 6–1, while Matt Nicholson defeated Zachary Chang by the same score.

Katherine Jacobs triumphed 7-5 6–1 over Laura Crawford, and Johanna de Groot accounted for Susie Barnes 6-1 6–0 in the women’s singles.

In the doubles, Ed and Rick Wilkie got the better of Steinemann and Chang 6-0 6–4, Marco de Groot and Nicholson dominated Tatahn and Crout 6–1 6–3, while Jacobs and Marta Wojcikowski prevailed in the closest match of the fixture, beating Barnes and Kelly Juno 7-6 7–5 in the women’s doubles.

Martinborough lead the championship with 15 points after three completed rounds, with Carterton on 10 points and Ōpaki on eight points.

Chris Cogdale
Chris Cogdale
Chris “Coggie” Cogdale has extensive knowledge of sport in Wairarapa having covered it for more than 30 years, including radio for 28 years. He has been the sports guru at the Wairarapa Times-Age since 2019.

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