Sep 18

Japanese National Wins Otago Indoor Open Women’s Singles

The winner of the 2016 Otago Indoor Open, Bianka Shibuya. A hard fought final against Charlotte Booth, but Bianka held her nerve to take it out 6-4 6-1. We interviewed her:

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Where are you from Bianka?
I was born in Irate but I live in Tokyo.

Have you played in many Open tournaments before?
I play for my school tennis team and we play in competitions between schools but I haven’t really played in individual tournaments.

What was going through your mind this morning before you went onto the court?
[Laughs] Ah, I was nervous. Excited. [Laughs again]

Have you won any titles before?
As a school team yes, but not individually. Our Junior High School won a regional summer tournament.

Did you talk to your parents last night?
Yeah I did!

What did they say?
My parents – especially my dad – kept telling me “you are gonna win this!”. But I was like “she [Charlotte] is so good!”

Did YOU believe you could win when you stepped onto the court this morning?
Should I say this? [Laughs]

Yeah you can be honest! Did you THINK you could win?
Yeah I did. But I heard Charlotte’s score against Eliza [Booth] and I thought “oh my God”.

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What was going through your mind in the first set?
I tried to be aggressive. I felt that I needed to play like the number 1 in the world or something like that. I thought that Charlotte was like a super great tennis player so I thought I needed to play like that.

How well did you play in the first set?
Pretty well, but I felt I could have done a little better.

You held a slight lead all the way through the first set – what was going through your mind at 5-4?
I said to myself “c’mon Bianka you need to do this!” We had some long deuce games there about 10 times and I was like “c’mon Bianka just do it!”.

What was going through your mind after you took the first set?
I’m winning so I just need to keep doing it again. Since I had one set, I was more aggressive. I’m like “if you get another set it’s done” [laughs]. In the second set I just started to try and move her around more.

Well it paid off Bianka – Congratulations on being probably the first Japanese winner of an Otago Open grade title.
Great!

 

 

Sep 17

Dramatic Day 1 at 2016 Otago Indoor Open

Otago’s tennis season started with a bang with the Sizemore Plumbers’ Southern Shootout last weekend, and from there the action has only continued to heat up. Day 1 of the 2016 Otago Indoor Open was filled with drama, upsets, and some of the hardest hitting action seen in Dunedin for many years.

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Match of the day was the quarter final between Sam Shearer [4], and recent US College tennis scholarship graduate Alex Hunt of Nelson. Seeded 5th (on the basis of an outdated NZ ranking), the pair played out their match at a furious intensity in front of a crowd which gathered. Visitors to the Edgar Centre – there for the sports sale or other sports – had their attention drawn to the match, some having read about Alex’s story in today’s ODT. Alex took out the match 6-3 7-6(4) and remains in the hunt for the title. He meets Ryan Eggers at 9am on Sunday after Eggers prevailed in a 3-setter against Paddy Ou. On the other side of the draw Aaron Hicks [2] and Mitchell Sizemore [3] were relatively untroubled.

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The Otago Girls High School tennis team, which placed 3rd at the South Island Secondary Schools Champs earlier this year, featured heavily in the Women’s Singles draw. Eliza Booth and Ilana Goosens (2nd and 4th from left respectively) met in the first round, with Booth winning through 7-5 6-0. She then lost to Charlotte Booth [2] (no relation) in the semi-final 6-2 6-1.

Japanese exchange student Bianka Shibuya (3rd from left) took out the upset of the day, beating top seed Rileigh Fields 6-4 1-6 6-1 in a tight swinging tussle. Shibuya plays the Women’s final against Booth at 9am on Sunday.

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The Mixed Doubles title was decided today, with Ayoub Ahmad and Stacey Hopwood winning their maiden Open titles after a closely contested final that went the distance 6-4 3-6 10-4. Full results can be found on the Tournament websitehttp://bit.ly/indoor2016

Sep 05

Coverage on the Tennis Season to come and Open Days Success

Great coverage of Tennis in The Star last week. A big thank you to the Businesses below who supported our Feature which also raised some funds for the development of Tennis. Many thanks Fulton Hogan, Wayne Sizemore Plumbers, McArthur & Symons Electrical Limited, Visique Peter Dick Optometrists, Wilkinson Rodgers, Edgar Centre, Bradley Nuttall Financial Advisors, Balmacewen Tennis Club, Eastern Harbour Tennis Club and Mornington Roslyn Lawn Tennis Club.

You can view the full article of the going on’s for Tennis in Otago online at http://digital.thestar.co.nz/

The Open Day’s were all a hit at the Club’s the first weekend of September, check out below for a couple of photo’s of the fun had! For further details on our Clubs, see the Clubs and Associates tab

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Aug 27

Sizemore Plumbers’ Southern Shootout

An exciting new format was trialled at Dunedin’s Logan Park Tennis Centre on Sunday 11 September, in the inaugural Sizemore Plumbers’ Southern Shootout.

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Every match was played as a 10 point tie-breaker in a virtual knockout format, and the shortened format meant that the entire event was completed within just a few hours, including the qualifier rounds involving over 30 players.

The event was billed as a thrilling spectator event and did not fail to deliver. There were also plenty of upsets, with 62 year old local dentist Tony Ryder, making it through qualifiers to earn his place on Centre Court.

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Centre Court was lined with ball kids proudly donning Tennis Hot Shots t-shirts as uniforms, and local student Stacey Hopwood oversaw the tournament from the umpire chair. The large crowd were thoroughly entertained by the novel format which saw Aaron Hicks and Jessie Stevenson walk away with the winner’s cheques.

Videos of all the matches have been cut and uploaded to YouTube. The full playlist including all matches from the day can be found at: http://bit.ly/2016shootoutvideo

A highlights reel has also been cut and appears at: http://bit.ly/2016shootouthighs

Cheers to Russell Drew for the amazing photos he captured from the day – here is the photo album: http://bit.ly/2016shootoutphotos

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Aug 12

Ideal Tournaments to Lead you into the 2016/2017 Tennis Season

The ideal lead in’s to our Senior and Junior Interclub are coming up next month (September).

Check out our Player Development tab (and Tournaments) for information on our:

Otago Indoor Open (17-18 September)

AND

Otago Spring Junior Open (24-26 September)

Plus enter by 26 August and get the Earlybird Entry Cost!

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Aug 05

Senior Interclub… great deal on pre-season hitting!

For the next four Sunday’s in the lead up to the Senior Interclub Season, there is hitting at the Edgar Centre from 4pm on the 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th of August for just $5.

This is a good chance for those interested in playing in Senior Interclub to come along, as well as players who played last year to warm into the season.

Phil Mirfin and/or Dennis Radford will be around to suggest combinations and get you started hitting. If you are interested in attending, send Phil a message advising him on 0272292003.

This hitting is particularly ideal for those intending on entering the Otago Indoor Open on September 17 and 18. Likewise for females thinking of entering the Female Shield Competition which is played indoors.

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Aug 03

Tennis Otago Announce Exciting Senior Competitions for the 2016/2017 Season

Tennis Otago is pleased to communicate the Senior Competitions and Tournaments for the 2016/2017 Season.

 

Senior Competitions (depicted below)

The Senior Competition landscape is very exciting for this coming season. Competitions of note are the Shield Competitions which makes playing in our competitions available to tertiary students who aren’t locals as well as possible inclusion of teams from other associations. This increases the variety of players for local players at the start and end of the season. A new competition is also the 35+ Doubles grade, offering robust competition for skilled doubles players 35 and over.Senior Competitions

Senior Competition need to know information is detailed in our succinct yet sufficiently detailed Senior Competitions Handbook. This contains major sections of: Tennis Otago Governance and Administration; Competitions Offered; Timeline of Competitions and Tournaments; Grade Game Formats; Competition Policies; and Competition Entry Forms. To download the Handbook, click here . To download Entry Forms click here .

A very big thank you to the power of work Lynn Slobbe (Senior Competitions Committee Chair) has done behind the scenes in leading what competitions we are offering for this season and the adjustments that have been done to the handbook. Thanks also to all those who provided feedback during consultation.

 

Senior Tournaments

17-18 September – Otago Indoor Open.

26-27 November – Southern Quad Event, Otago Senior Teams.

17-19 March – Otago Open.

25-26 March – Southern Quad Event, Otago Senior Teams.

 

Key Dates Reminder

Entries Due for Shield Competitions: Friday 26 August

Entries Due for all other Interclub Competitions: Friday 16 September.

Otago Indoor Open: 17-18 September.

Club Delegates Meeting to finalise grades: Monday 19 September.

 

Jun 09

Otago Senior Team Profiles

On Queen’s Birthday weekend, the Otago Senior Team travelled to Wellington to play a teams event against several teams from the Tennis Central region. Tennis Otago acknowledges Wayne Sizemore Plumbers and House of Travel Dunedin for their generous support which enabled this event to take place.

You can read all about the event in the ODT report by clicking here.

13321803_757502881058265_8346530210480991224_nA series of player profiles was published on Tennis Otago’s Facebook page and you can look at these by clicking on this link and then clicking on each individual player’s photo.

Today is #FlashbackFriday and we publish the ‘missing profile’ from the Otago team that proudly represented the province in Wellington. Synonymous with Otago tennis, he has done everything there is to do with tennis in our region yet continues to give back to the sport on an ongoing basis. Without him, the Queen’s Birthday Senior Team Event wouldn’t have even happened. We are of course talking about Tennis Otago and Tennis Southern life member, former Otago Open Men’s Champion, and coach of the Otago Senior Team, Dennis Radford.

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Age – 65+
Height – 5ft 10 and a half in the old measures before I lost two discs out of my back.
Place of birth – Dunedin but lived all round the country as a child (including Whangarei, Greymouth and Invercargill). Came to uni and stayed.
Nickname – As a player was “The Big D” or just “D.” The Otago boys had me as “D Rad” and last trip they called me “Pop” apparently short for Popovich (a coach) or Grandpop?
School you are attending – Tahuna Intermediate.
Favourite tennis shot – The winner at match point to me.
Best memory – Holding serve against Onny Parun 9 times. He was runner up Aussie Open, French Open doubles champion and twice Wimbledon quarter finalist. Like the other guys I loved the team events and we used to have 15 ties a season.
What do you like about tennis the most? It is both an individual and team sport. I played 200 ties for Otago/Southern from age 18-48. It is a game for life. Refereeing the ITF World Super Seniors (65+) was inspirational.
Sportsperson you most admire? Sir Richard Hadlee. Cricket was my main sport at school.
What is your favourite motivational quote? “Do it to them before they do it to you”.
What do you see yourself doing in 5 years? Being alive would be a good start and we will go from there.

May 23

Tier 2 Junior Masters – 2016 Southern Junior Indoor Open

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T2-2Enter now online on the Tournament Website (click here).

Fact sheet and manual entry form can be downloaded by clicking here: Tier 2 Southern 2016 Entry Form and Information

Apr 27

Otago Senior Team have a successful and valuable outing at South Island’s

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This ANZAC Weekend our Otago Senior Team got second in the South Island Senior Teams Event in Christchurch.

A big well done to the team of Ryan Eggers, Mitchell Sizemore, Heike Cebulla Elder, Carlos Reid (back row), Ilana Goossens, Rileigh Fields, Aaron Hicks and Paddy Ou (front row), Coached by Dennis Radford and Managed by Phil Mirfin.

See Dennis’s wrap up below:

Otago beat Canterbury Country and Tasman but was ousted by Canterbury (Town) in the final round of the South Island team event in Christchurch on the weekend.

A strong performance by the men, who won six of their seven rubbers, enabled Otago to beat Country 7-5. The depleted Otago women’s squad lost all three singles and the doubles in short straight sets results, but Otago, by playing No1 man Aaron Hicks and No1 woman Rileigh Fields in the mixed doubles, was able to edge to a 7-6, 6-4 win in that rubber.

A similar pattern emerged in the 8-4 win over Tasman but Fields contributed with a battling 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 victory against the higher-ranked Suzanne Spencer. Fields fell behind 5-0, but fought long and hard and found her mark more on the big points in the deciding set.

The men all won in straight sets and the lower-order women also lost in that fashion but, with five men’s singles and two doubles, Otago had enough points from their males.

The Town men were too strong in the top order with James Meredith and Hayden Joblin, both back from American college scholarships, breezing to easy wins over Hicks and Mitchell Sizemore, but Paddy Ou, unbeaten all weekend, and Carlos Reid at No3 and No5 had wins.

Ou was particularly impressive in dispatching the much more powerful Jack Tiller 6-1, 6-1. Reid had to fight back from 3-0 down in the third set but but played with more aggression to close out the last six games in a row against impressive 16-year-old Gordon Chen.

Ou and Ryan Eggers won a closely-fought doubles match against Joblin and Philip Hoeper 6-4, 7-5 but the only other win came from an injury default.

In the absence of several regular leading women who are overseas, some with netball commitments, the introduction of Ilana Goossens (15) at this level is seen as an investment which could pay dividends in coming years and the men’s team, whose members are all under 23, can be expected to improve with more competition at this level.

 

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