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Orsborn siblings reign at Wairarapa Open

George Blundell won the boys 14 years doubles with William Orsborn. PHOTOS/JADE CVETKOV


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William Orsborn won the boys 14 singles and doubles at the Wairarapa Open.

Wairarapa players aced five titles at the Shoe Clinic Wairarapa Tennis Open at Masterton’s Trust House Tennis Centre last weekend.

The Orsborn family provided four of the winners with William winning the 14 years boys singles and doubles and sister Olivia doing the double in the 10 years girls.

Top seed William Orsborn was pushed hard by Wellington’s Ethan Pryor before winning the singles 6-2 1-6 10-5 in a super tiebreaker. He combined with George Blundell to win the doubles 6-1 6-0 over another Wairarapa pair of Enzo Fuller and George Samuel Farman.

Second seed Olivia Orsborn defeated Elsa Pryor [Wellington] 5-3 4-2 in the singles and took out the doubles with Tilly Giesen, beating top seeds Sarah Jennings and Elsa Pryor 5-3 5-4.

The other Wairarapa victory came in the men’s doubles where the Opaki combination of Matt Bunny and Richie Day edged Callum and Michael Byrne 6-4 3-6 12-10 in a thrilling super tiebreaker.

Eighty-six players from the lower North Island took part in the two-day tournament.


Carterton extended their unbeaten run to four games in Wairarapa Division One with a convincing 7-0 win over Masterton Ziggy’s Glass Presidents.

Douglas Villa Skulls were too good for Property Brokers Featherston United, winning 4-1, and Tremain’s Greytown got the better of Douglas Villa Fall Protect 5-3.

In division two, Masterton McAuley’s extended their lead with a 4-0 win over Martinborough, Property Brokers Greytown beat Masterton Lions 4-0, Greytown Spartans thrashed Carterton 11-2, The Offering Greytown had a 6-3 victory over Evergreens, and Carterton Reapers won 4-2 over Douglas Villa Drake.


Tremain’s Red Star were the big winners in the second round of the Wairarapa men’s championship, beating Dalefield Dodgers 9-0.

Gladstone Bulls defeated Carterton Vets 4-1, and the Featherston-Kia Kaha game was deferred because of covid-19.

Dalefield had a 4-0 win over Kia Kaha in the only women’s division one game played, with covid-19 forcing the postponement of the Featherston-Tremain’s Red Star clash.

In women’s division two, Eketahuna Tuis won 4-1 over Tumu, Wairarapa Mitsubishi defeated Featherston Force 2-0, Coasties were too good for Featherston Foxies 5-1, and Martinborough scored the only goal in their clash with Gladstone Grenades.


Flynn Register headed home the biggest field of the day in the first race in the ACM Masterton Harriers 2022 cross-country series on Sunday at the Colin Pugh Sports Bowl.

Runners and walkers could choose to race over one, two, three, or four laps of the 2km course, with easily the biggest numbers in the 6km race.

Register finished in 23 minutes, 10 seconds, well clear of runner-up Whana Gordon, with Corey Miller in third place. Corinna Paine was the best of the women in 30.55, followed by Sally Duffy, and Mackenzie Murray.

Darius Simpson was too strong in the 8km race finishing in 31.17, with Michael Macklin second and Andrew Davenport third.

Vicki Paine was the only woman to complete the four laps finishing in 40.01.

It was a close-run thing over 4km with Noah Fisher winning in 17.40 just four seconds ahead of Brooke Miller, with Violet Fisher third.

James Hayes was the best of the one-lap competitors, winning in 10.18 from Mack Duffy and Felicity Fisher.

The second race in the series is on Sunday, May 15 at the Booth farm, Gladstone Road.

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