Monday, February 23, 2009

10s and 12s Quads Completed Indoors

The stadium at Invercargill allowed all matches to be completed as outside play was not an option due to weather .South Canterbury 12s won their event finishing at the top of the table.Strong performances by Lawrence Darling , Sam Lane and Robbie Wigley who remained undefeated for the weekend.In the 10s it was a pleasing result finishing third overall but many players gained valuable experience competing for the first time in a rep fixture.Please play the slideshow feature on this article for pics of invercargill.

Friday, February 20, 2009

South Canterbury 10 's Boys- Shows Team the winning way

The 10s and 12s annual Southern teams event kicked off today in Invercargill.Weather was no problem for the South Canterbury Vs Southland fixture as it was played Indoors at Stadium Southland.A closely fought contest was expected and it proved to be just that.The 10s boys won all singles rubbers ( pictured are left to right, Jack Deeley ,Jono Ellis,Chris Hogg -Back ,Front-Ben Deeley and Harrison Darling).Playing in their first rep fixture the Deeley brothers both won hard fought singles ties,Jack 9-6 and Ben 9-8.Chris Hogg and Harrison Darling won a vital doubles coming from 8-4 down to clinch the match 9-8 in a tie break .Amelia Race scored the girls only victory in her match 9-1 but that win meant overall South Canterbury defeated Southland 7-5.The 12s had similar results with the boys winning 6-0 Winning all singles and doubles matches, Annabel Ellis scored a win in the Girls Singles against Laura Overton and Gabby Lee and Charlotte Lamb both went down in third set super tie breaks.Gabby Lee and Gretchen Bleeker had a convincing win in the doubles helping South Canterbury defeat SouthLand 8-4 in the overall 12s match.To-morrow morning South Canterbury take on Otago.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Cuthill Playing Vital Role for UNO

I havn't done an update on Oliver Cuthill who is in College in the USA and plays for the University of New Orleans in the Sun Belt Conference Div 1 so I thought i would give those that are interested a brief report. This is the first season back since Hurricane Katrina created havoc and destruction in New Orlean's and caused the tennis program to be put on hold.The Privateers moved into the national rankings after beating then-No. 59 South Alabama 5-2 . The victory by Coach Kanga's squad was the first in school history against the Jaguars, a team that has 18 Sun Belt Conference titles to their name.The team has been able to put together a number of wins thanks to the team's depth .Oliver Cuthill (6-1 in dual play) has produced the most consistent results for the squad this year, posting a 4-0 record at No. 6.This week the University of New Orleans men's tennis team will look to snap a two-match losing streak as they travel to Southern Miss on Tuesday at 2 p.m. before hosting Samford at the University Tennis Center on Friday at 2 p.m. You can find out all the Privateers tennis news at this link
The No. 75 ranked University of New Orleans men's tennis team met defeat for the third straight match, dropping a 5-2 dual to Southern Miss at the Hattiesburg Country Club on Tuesday afternoon.However Oliver Cuthill improved to 5-0 in the position and 7-1 on the year with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Oscar Machuca.Conrags Oliver!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Hector College Video

Just posting a video of Hector Aguilar Garcia ,hopefully it will give college coaches an idea of his play and style.For those wanting further information you can email me and would be happy to give a reference and insight on Hector.See email details on this site.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Garcia goes down in Otago Open final "Boilover"

Top Seed Hector Garcia was defeated by second seed Vaughn Kingi in the final of the Otago Open Mens final yesterday 6-4 6-1.Garcia failed to take early opportunities in the first set and did not play the key points well making too many unforced errors and failing to take control of the rally's.Garcia could not maintain his depth often his groundstrokes falling too short allowing Kingi to cease the advantage.When Garcia did attack too the corners failure to follow the ball in for the put away of which would of been an easy volley allowed the canterbury player to work his way back in the point by playing another groundstroke.Not taking anything away from Kingi who played his best tennis of the tournament in this match but finals are won by taking opportunities and many players have had the ability to win these matches but have came up short by not playing the big points well.In losing a match players however can take a lot from the loss and gives them "goals" and incentives to work on different aspects of their game ,the old saying "you learn more from a losing game than a winning one" is a quote all players should take to heart.Garcia will learn from this match and he will work harder to overcome some shortfalls in his game ,as a coach thats what you want and expect of your player.In the doubles final yours truley partnered Garcia in the mens doubles final but after the first set had to retire,having survived a semi three setter ,winning 11-9 super tiebreak the shock of playing matches again was too much for the eye!Unfortunately scheduling during the tournament left a lot too be desired .

Friday, February 6, 2009

Hector Aguilar Garcia Eases into Otago Open Semi Final-Dunedin

Hector Garcia defeated Otago's Stephen Holland 6-2 6-2 to advance to the Semi Finals tomorrow.Garcia always on top made a few unforced errors off the forehand side and will no doubt sharpen this area of his game for the final rounds. Coach Stephen Dries( the eye) will no doubt be working on more constructive points for Garcia and eliminating casual errors.Dries will himself return to tournament play partnering Garcia in tomorrows Open Doubles event, and is very much short of a run.Garcia from Mexico has worked hard on his game during his stay in Timaru and is now reaping the benifits.Its a lot easier to deal with players this age as they are playing more for themselves.Its been a tough 3 week period for "the eye" from dealing with younger players and then older juniors in the ITFS and Open events, one thing to note that most of the players become independent as they get older and parents support in the background, its a fact that most coaches have little trouble dealing with the kids who are actually playing the game on court...........most of the trouble for coaches come from parents who are playing the game off court.