The following travel report is from Malcolm Wong.
Ben Collins, Malcolm Wong and Tony Rutledge all traveled to this tournament which was held at the Simcox Stadium (Blenheim). The field included 28 males (8 juniors) and 5 females (2 juniors). The tournament report from the Marlborough Express is here.Defending Men’s Singles Champion Ben Collins again reached the final but was unable to overcome Matthew Ball who won 4-0 (11-6 11-5 11-8 11-8). Tony Rutledge won the Over 60 Singles beating Steve Craw 3-0 (11-7 11-4 11-5) and also the Over 60 Doubles with Glen Haszard against Mark Nalder and Malcolm Wong 3-1 (11-4 11-9 9-11 11-8). Mark Nalder and Malcolm Wong were also runner up in the Over 50 Doubles, where they were unable to convert a number of match points in the 4th game, won by Steve Craw and Derek Partridge 3-2 (4-11 11-0 8-11 14-12 11-9).
Thanks to Chris Hood, Debbie Stratford and Daryl Jones from the Marlborough Association who ensured the tournament ran efficiently.