Scott Day picked up a valuable win for Gladstone. PHOTO/FILE

TENNIS

CHRIS COGDALE
chris.cogdale@age.co.nz

Carterton and Martinborough One are guaranteed the top seedings for the semifinals of the Men’s Regional Interclub Tennis pre-Christmas competition.

They share the lead on 14 points, seven clear of Gladstone, with one round to play.

Opaki are on six points and Masterton five points, with those two to meet to decide the fourth semifinalist this weekend.

Martinborough Two are the only team that can’t make the top four.

Carterton wrapped up their fixture with Masterton in the singles.

Number one Matt Spooner lifted his game to beat former Auckland age group player Boon Huxtable 7-5, 6-3. Andi Steinemann was too good for Rhys Hooper, winning 6-4, 6-2.

Huxtable and Hooper bounced back for a relatively easy win in the doubles 6-4, 6-1.

The clash between the two Martinborough sides was tied at 1-1 after the singles.

Martinborough One’s Chris Wilkie beat Matt Nicholson 6-2, 6-3, before Ed Wilkie tied it with a 6-4, 6-2 defeat of Marco de Groot.

Chris Wilkie and Steve Chapman combined in the doubles for an easy 6-1, 6-1 win over Jaime McMaster and Mike Jones, to give the number one team a 2-1 victory.

Gladstone had their clash with Opaki in the bag after the singles.

Scott Day beat Brett Dymond 6-3, 6-0, and William Day defeated Duncan Oakley 6-4, 6-1 for an unbeatable lead.

Oakley and Chris Davidson won a tight doubles over the Day brothers 4-6, 6-3, 10-8.

The inclusion of Sarah Healey at number one gave Martinborough a decided edge over Opaki.

The classy Irish woman was too good for the experienced Gerry Brooking winning 6-2, 6-1.

Belinda Day squared the tie with a hard-fought 6-4, 7-6 win over Katherine Jacobs.

Healey and Jacobs came from a set down to win a thrilling doubles match 3-6, 6-2, 10-8.

The clash between the two St Matthew’s teams was deferred due to school commitments.

MEN’S INTERCLUB SHIRLEY CORLETT TROPHY RESULTS

Carterton 2 Masterton 1, Martinborough One 2 Martinborough Two 1, Gladstone 2 Opaki 1.

STANDINGS

Carterton and Martinborough One 14; Gladstone 7; Opaki 6; Masterton 5; Martinborough Two 2.

WOMEN’S INTERCLUB RESULTS

Martinborough 2 Opaki 1.

STANDINGS

Opaki 8; St Matthew’s Green and St Matthew’s Gold 7; Martinborough 5; Masterton 1.