Broken Hill Tennis Championships
Saturday, 7th November, 2020
By Just Wide
The Broken Hill Tennis Association held its annual singles and doubles championship events in the past week and a bit.
The city’s best of the best played their hearts out down at the local courts across four exciting nights.
Patrick Reincke took out the Open Singles Championship on Monday night, downing young Josh Niarros in the final.
Reincke stood atop of the first round-robin group, winning all three of his sets - Andrew Molloy 7-1, Geoff Mason 7-3 and Matthew Handberg 7-2.
Handberg and Mason played an epic opening set with Geoff just getting over the line in a tiebreaker.
Handberg would emerge victorious in his second tiebreaker against Molloy though the real estate mogul outlasting the conditioned squash player.
The second group was much tighter. Niarros and Bregan Soh finished with 20 games apiece after their three sets.
Soh even managed to beat Niarros in their first set of the night - Bregan winning in a tiebreaker, 9-7 the score.
However, on a count back of games against, Niarros prevailed only giving away 11 games compared to Soh’s 15 - the young lad through to his first Championship Singles final.
Heading into the ultimate match, the tale of the tape look tantalising.
On one side, Niarros with impressively consistent ground strokes and wide court coverage, on the other, Reincke with his power hitting and aggressive shot placement.
In the end, the now four-time Singles champion proved too strong for the 16-year-old, breaking out to an early lead which he held onto to win 7-2.
Josh’s brother Mackenzie had the bragging rights on the ride home - the youngster taking the crown in the B-Grade singles Championship.
Macka knocked over Brock Dewberry 7-5, Peter Keenan 7-6 and Tyler Hannigan 7-4 en route to a commanding win.
Special mention to Peter Keenan for taking the court on short notice to ensure a solid comp took place. Well done mate, great effort.
Last Thursday saw the Open Doubles taken out by ever-dangerous Steve Grillet and the ever-yelling Hamish Inglis.
Grillet and Inglis utilised a strong attacking game plan involving plenty of net-play to get through the night undefeated.
The evening was hampered by on and off rain - at the start of every new round of sets, a ten-minute rain delay sidelined players.
The downfall didn’t dampen the action on the courts though with some cracking matches unfolding.
After starting the round-robin fixture with the bye, Grillet and Inglis blitzed the competition defeating Handberg & Soh 7-5, Power & Molloy 7-5, Mason & Shane Kegel 7-2 and Reincke & Adam Hellyer 7-5.
Hellyer had better fortune on the Wednesday prior - teaming up with Wayne Lee to win the B-Grade Doubles.
The pair won all five of their sets in the round robin to meet the Niarros brothers who also went undeafted in the group stage.
Hellyer and Lee had a bit more left in the tank than their younger opponents, the pair taking the night out with a 7-1 win.
And Rusty Power and Kym Wright took the honours in the Mixed-Doubles event - the pair were far too good for the competition, winning their three sets in fine-fashion.
Thanks to all players who took part in this year’s Championship events, the sport of tennis in Broken Hill is in great shape with the amount of young talent we’ve got coming through the ranks and with all the new players who have joined in recent years.
See you back on the court.