Rapaura Blanc too strong for club mates

Youngster Oscar Sandford-Jury scored a vital singles win for Renwick CPR on Wednesday. Photo: Peter Jones.

Rapaura Blanc came out on top of their derby battle with clubmates Rapaura Noir during the latest round of Wine Brokers NZ premier interclub tennis on Wednesday.

The Blanc side prevailed 6-3, joining Renwick, who beat Marlborough by the same score, in the winner’s circle.

In the all-Rapaura battle the men’s doubles were shared, Blanc’s Ant Walkenhorst and Lee Harborne beating Hamish McRae and Hugh Robinson in two sets before the Noir duo of Glen Cameron and Tony Fenemor levelled the score with victory over Hiro Kishida and Stephen Dempster.

Ben Burridge and Donna Clark took out the mixed over Eveline Apthorp and Ross Charlton to edge Blanc ahead, then singles wins to Walkenhorst, who downed McRae 7-6, 4-6, 13-11 in a see-sawing battle, Harborne (by default), Dempster and Clark ensured Blanc took the majority of the points on offer.

Renwick continue to lead the points table, consolidating their advantage with a solid win over Marlborough.

The men’s doubles were shared – Marlborough’s Hamish Morrow and Cameron Lyons getting the better of Dave Sandford and Oscar Sandford-Jury in a three-setter, 2-6, 7-5, 10-8, before Chris Nott and Joseph Sandford-Jury downed Jay and Luca Geris in another epic encounter, winning 6-0, 4-6, 10-6.

Daniel Riordan and Mieko Kimura took out their mixed doubles match to edge Renwick in front, before the singles were contested.

The top single was a battle royal, Oscar Sandford-Jury eventually getting the better of Morrow, 2-6, 6-0, 10-4. Nott, Joseph Sandford-Jury and Riordan also added wins for Renwick to ensure they maintained their winning momentum.

Standings after six rounds: Renwick CPR 89, Rapaura Wairau Blanc 76, Rapaura Wairau Noir 52, Marlborough Forrest Wines 42.


WK+ Presidents Grade results from November 19.

Division 1: Rapaura Wairau River 4 Rapaura Masters 0; Rapaura Just Move 2 (28) Grovetown Grove Tavern Top Shelf 2 (24); MTC Chilli 2 (32) MTC Power 2 (22).

Division 2: Rapaura Matadors 2 (27) Renwick Mighty Four 2 (31); MTC Swifts 3 MTC Swallows 1; MTC Volleyeurs 3 Rapaura Pinot 1; MTC Roger Townley Construction 3 Rapaura Newhawkes 1.

Division 3: Rapaura Chardonnay 1 Renwick Rookies 3; Renwick Netsetters 4 MTC Bjorn Again 0; Grovetown Grove Tavern Turf & Tackle 1 Renwick Rebels 3.

Division 4: Renwick Serve us a Double! 4 Grovetown Grove Tavern Platters 0; Renwick Racquets 4 Rapaura Vines 0 Rapaura Shiraz a bye.

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