Nov 14

Tennis Southern Junior Teams Announced

Congratulations to the players who have been selected to represent Southern at the National Teams Events in January. Among them are 3 Otago players: Pippa Sherriff (12s, Balmacewen), Ayoub Ahmad (14s, Eastern Harbour), and Ilana Goossens (16s, Balmacewen). The full teams are:

Halle Faherty
Sophie McDermott
Pippa Sherriff
Martha Toghill
Jack Hazlett
Tom Nicholson
Sam Porter
Riley Smith
Coach: Danny Baleson

Kate Crawford
Mackenzie Phillips
Claudia Smith
Emma White
Ayoub Ahmad
Josh Cameron
Michael Gealogo
Tim Willans
Coach: Murray Bradshaw

Ilana Goossens
Caroline Murdoch
Holly Munro
Emilia Price
George McAleer
Manawa Rakete-Shea
James Watt
Coach: Riki McLachlan

Nov 09

Open Invitation – Taieri Tennis Junior Fun Day Saturday 12 November

Due to the Southern Junior Teams Event being held this weekend, no junior interclub tennis is being played in Dunedin.

However , Taieri Tennis Club has organised a Tennis Fun Day this Saturday morning for ALL Dunedin junior interclub players who are not involved in the Southern Junior Teams Event.  Players from all grades (including the Hot Shots Green grades) are warmly invited to attend.

When: Saturday 12th November, 9am start

Where: Taieri Tennis Club, 10a Wickliffe St, Mosgiel

Format: Carnival doubles to start, followed by doubles matches arranged by the coordinator

Cost: Free

There will be a prize for whoever accumulates the most points on the day. The Tennis Fun Day will finish by about 12 noon.

So get out to the Taieri Tennis Club this Saturday to play on their magnificent Tiger Turf courts under the hot Mosgiel sunshine (the weather forecast is looking great!).

All enquiries to Kris Godkin on 027 3148417.

Nov 02

2016 Southern Primary/Intermediate Schools Champs Acceptance List

The 2016 Southern Primary and Intermediate Schools Championship will take place in Dunedin on Thursday 10 November. The highest place finishers in each Southern Association’s School Championships have earned entry into the Southern play-off, which will determine which players Southern will send to the South Island Final in Timaru 28-29 November. 5 boys and 5 girls from the Year 8 and under grade, along with 3 boys and 3 girls from the Year 6 and under grade will qualify for the South Island Final.

The acceptance list has now been published for the tournament: Acceptance List as at 3 November 2016

The event has been published to the Tournament Website:

Oct 29

Junior Interclub Outdoors Cancelled

All junior interclub scheduled for outdoor courts has been cancelled today 29 October.

Future cancellation notices will be posted via the Otago Cancel website

Oct 28

Otago Junior Representative Teams for Southern Junior Teams Event

Congratulations to the following players who have been named in the Otago Team for the upcoming Southern Junior Teams Event. In no particular playing order:


Finn Aitken
Esteban Garcia
Mitchell Green
Jordy Sherriff
Lucas Townend

Aminah Ahmad
Claudia Christie
Mya Haigh
Ella Richardson


Mason Bell
Hamish Faulks
Bronson Monga
Sam Sherburd
Felix Townend

Camryn Bain
Phoebe Guille-Hughes
Isabel Parry
Pippa Sherriff
Penny Temple


Ayoub Ahmad
Trey Russell
Anton Stoddard
Daniel Lund
Stephen Xu

Georgia Copeman
Kayla Godkin
Maia Hunter
Makayla Ramage
Annalise Wilson

Oct 28

Otago Primary and Intermediate Schools Champs 2016

The Otago Primary and Intermediate Schools Championships was held indoors today at the Edgar Centre, with almost 40 players from 12 schools competing in 4 grades. The top 3 in the Year 8 and under boys/girls and the top 2 in the Year 6 and under boys/girls have qualified for the Southern Region Schools Play-Off to be held in Dunedin on Thursday 10 November. This will determine the players Southern will send to the South Island play-off to be held in Timaru in late November.

Congratulations to the following player who have qualified for the Southern play-off:

Year 6 and under Boys

Winner – Samuel Sherburd (Mornington School)
Runner Up – Jerry Lamond-Dolan (Fairfield School)

Year 6 and under Girls

Winner – Aminah Ahmad (Columba College)
Runner Up – Mya Haigh (Maori Hill School)

Year 8 and under Boys

Winner – Daniel Lund (John McGlashan College)
Runner Up – Anton Stoddard (John McGlashan College)
3rd – Hamish Faulks (Balmacewen Intermediate)

Year 8 and under Girls

Winner – Pippa Sherriff (Kavanagh College)
Runner Up – Maia Hunter (Balmacewen Intermediate)
3rd – Grace Togneri (Columba College)

The Year 8 and under girls are pictured below (from left, Grace, Pippa, Maia, and 4th place finisher Georgia Copeman).

Information about the Southern Schools Play-Off can be found by clicking this link.


Oct 27

Otago Schools Championships Moved to Edgar Centre

Due to wet weather, the Otago Primary/Intermediate Schools Championships has been moved to the Edgar Centre.

Please report to the Edgar Centre by Friday morning 8:20am for a briefing with matches to go on shortly after this time.

Draws are now published:

Oct 13

Otago Primary/Intermediate Schools Championships

The Otago Primary and Intermediate Schools Championships will take place in Dunedin on Friday 28 October 2016. The top 3 boys and girls in the Year 8 and under grade, along with the top 2 boys and girls in the Year 6 and under grade, will qualify for the Southern Schools Championships on Thursday 10 November in Dunedin.

Entries close Wednesday 19 October 2016 and must come via your school on the official entry form (linked below).

With the recent departure of our Operations Manager, to streamline entries they can be returned by email to Or entries can go to Tennis Otago by post but MUST BE RECEIVED by Wednesday 19 October. Tennis Otago will not be held responsible for late entries due to post or other factors.

As a goodwill gesture, the deadline for entries by EMAIL ONLY has been extended to 12pm Friday 21 October if they are emailed to – there will be no further extensions, and postal entries must still be received by close of mail Wednesday 19 October.

2016 Otago Primary and Intermediate Schools Information and Entry Form

2016 Southern Primary and Intermediate Schools Championships

Oct 06

Otago 16s Representative Team Selection

Tennis Otago congratulates the following players for being selected for the Otago Rep team for the upcoming 16s Southern Junior Teams Event (Dunedin 15-16 October). In no particular playing order:

Annabelle Alloo
Abby Edwards
Ilana Goossens
Amelia King

Devon Bell
Bailey Godkin
Zane Gray
Lachlan Kenneally

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:


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”.


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.



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