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Southland tennis news with Daryl Holden
a We're number 1
Newslink editor named NZ's tennis journalist of the
year, reports Louise Berwick.
Award winner: Southland Times divisional communities editor Daryl Holden holds his trophy and cup for being named
Tennis New Zealand's journalist of the year.
Photo: LOUISE BERWICK 627490099
You can't beat Newslink when it
comes to tennis coverage.
Southland Times divisional com-
munities editor Daryl Holden,
who also edits Newslink, has been
named Tennis New Zealand's
journalist of the year for his
coverage in Newslink and its
sister community paper in
Invercargill, The Eye.
Holden was presented with a cup
and glass trophy at the annual
Tennis New Zealand awards
function in Auckland and was
delighted at the win.
''I'm especially thrilled that the
award recognises Newslink and
The Eye and that it shows that
being a smaller, weekly com-
munity paper is no reason why
you can't be innovative and make
a real impact with readers, which
is what we've tried to do with our
tennis coverage,'' he said.
Tennis Southland regional man-
ager Tina Haslett was also
delighted at the award win news.
''Tennis Southland's association
with Daryl, and The Eye news-
paper, in particular, has been the
single most successful media and
marketing move we have made
for a long time,'' she said.
''The coverage on a specialised
tennis page in this past season has
been of the highest quality and
has been a real hit with the tennis
Tennis New Zealand's judging
panel also commended Holden
and his paper for coming up with
a flash new junior player trophy.
''He has helped to lift the profile of
tennis in Southland,'' the judges
''But Mr Holden went beyond
regular coverage and introduced
the concept of The Eye Excellence
Trophy, an award for the most
consistent junior tennis player in
Southland. It is an award which
has been a very positive concept.''
Southland players Zoe Smith, Josh
McDermott and Emilia Price
showed they can match it with the
best in the country at the national
14 years championship in
Auckland. McDermott had a good
tussle with the eighth-seeded
Taylor Nelson, from Canterbury, in
the first round before losing 6-3,
6-1. Price won two matches in the
plate before being knocked out of
the consolation singles, while
Smith won her first round plate
match then lost a close three-
setter in her next match.
More from Wanaka
Eden McIntosh, who won the 12
girls singles, wasn't the only
Southlander to perform well in the
Wanaka junior tournament.
Zoe Smith, the fourth seed, upset
predictions to win the 14 years
girls title. She beat Wanaka's Meg
Timu 7-6, 4-6 and 10-8 super tie
breaker in a thrilling final. Tom
Shallard made the final of the 12
boys singles, losing to South
Harrison Darling in straight sets,
while Finn Holden beat one of
Canterbury's top youngsters,
Jenner Johnson, to finish third in
the 10 years boys singles.
Check out our tournament
schedule and enter if you
South Canterbury junior open,
Timaru: January 21-23.
North Otago junior open, Oamaru:
ILT Head Southland senior open,
Invercargill: January 25-27.
Central Southland junior satellite,
Winton: January 27.
Southland junior open,
Invercargill: February 2-3.
Eastern Southland junior satellite,
Gore: February 24.
Unseeded McIntosh's shock win
Smack: Eden McIntosh was a shock winner of the girls 12 years singles at the
Wanaka junior open.
Take a bow Eden McIntosh.
The Waikaka lass is still on a
high after a courageous win in
the 12 years girls' singles at the
Wanaka junior open on January
6 and selection in the southern
districts team for the national
championship in Hamilton in
McIntosh, a year 8 student at
Blue Mountain College in
Tapanui this year, came back
from the death for her upset
tournament win in Wanaka.
She beat fellow Southlander,
and tournament third seed
Claudia Smith, 6-2, 6-3 in the
final but the real story of
McIntosh's performance came
in the previous three matches.
She won all three in super
tiebreakers and after dropping
the first set in each clash. The
highlight was a marathon 21G2
hour semifinal win over second
seed Ines Stephani, Wanaka, 6-7,
7-6 and 10-3 in the super
''She blew me away,'' proud
mum Leanne McIntosh, said.
McIntosh, 12, was unseeded and
her win was topped when she
was named in the southern
districts five-strong girls team
to play in the national teams
event in Hamilton. The south-
ern districts team comprises the
best players from Timaru south.
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