Close contest at primary level tennis tournament

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Gore Main School tennis player Max Eckhout (10) makes a shot during his tiebreak win in the Eastern Zone Tennis Tournament for year 5 and 6 at Gore Tennis Club on Wednesday. PHOTO: KAYLA HODGE

A tiebreaker was needed to separate two top players at the Eastern Southland Primary Schools Tennis Tournament on Wednesday.

Gore Main School player Max Eckhout beat Heriot Primary School player Toby Hazlett in the tiebreak to take the years 5 and 6 title at the Gore Tennis Club.

Max has been playing for the past three years and was really excited to win.

“It felt really good to represent my school and win the tournament,” he said.

His opponent Toby said he enjoyed playing in the tournament and making the final.

“I liked the good serves . . . It was really, really good.”

He started playing tennis four years ago after following his brother Jack (15) who came up through the tournament, he said.

The tournament had two divisions for years 5 and 6 and years 7 and 8 for both boys and girls.

St Peter’s College player Tane Tutty (13) beat Longford Intermediate School player Joel Wilson (11) to win the years 7 and 8 title.

In the girls’ tournament, St Mary’s School player Nia Roberston (11) won the years 5 and 6 division played at the Citizens Tennis Club.

St Peter’s College player Penny Nicholson (12) beat Blue Mountain College player Mya Brocket (13) to win the years 7 and 8 title.

Tournament organiser Wendy Kitto said there were 22 players competing in the tournament.

It provided the opportunity for players from Heriot to Edendale to compete against each other.

“It’s a good way to start the season.

“They get to play against other schools and abilities,” she said.

The top four from each division would go on to compete at the Southland Zone Tennis Tournament. Boys will play in Winton but the girls will compete at the Gore club on October 30. Eastern club tennis begins next month.