Red Cliffs bound
Friday, 2nd February, 2018
By Tyler Hannigan
A number of Broken Hill’s best tennis players will head to Red Cliffs this weekend to take part in the annual Australia Day long weekend tournament that was pushed back because of the heat.
Local A Graders Patrick Reincke, Nathan Crabb, Corey Pascoe, Hamish Inglis and Andrew Molly will take part as well as Trevor Grillett and Jack Woods who will compete in the veteran’s category.
The tournament, which is played on grass, starts on Friday with the veteran doubles and continues into Saturday for the men’s and women’s open singles and doubles. It concludes on Sunday with the mixed doubles.
The singles event contains championship, A Grade and B Grade categories while the doubles contains championship, As, Bs, Cs and D Grade.
Reincke, who has won the last three Broken Hill A Grade singles championships, and Crabb look to be Broken Hill’s best chance of bringing home the Championship single’s trophy.
Crabb will also team with Pascoe and the pair has a big chance in the Championship doubles.
Inglis and Molloy regularly team together in Broken Hill and that chemistry should come in handy in their pursuit of the A Grade doubles trophy.
This trip will be Crabb’s sixth but he hasn’t had a lot of consistency on the doubles side of things.
“This is my sixth trip coming up and I’ve had a different doubles partner each time,” he said.
“This year I’m teaming up with Corey Pascoe for the doubles which I’m really looking forward to. It’s going to be the first time I’ve played doubles with Corey in a championship.”
Crabb has yet to taste success in the singles but has taken out the doubles in Red Cliffs once before although he had a pretty handy partner.
“In the championship singles I haven’t had any success as yet, there are some really good players that come to this tournament,” Crabb admitted.
“But I did win the A Grade singles when I was younger and took out the championship doubles with Robert Schofield which has been the highlight of any of my trips to Red Cliffs.”
Crabb said that he wants to succeed in the championship singles but playing against better opponents can only be a good thing.
“I’d love to (have success in the championship singles),” Crabb said.
“But it’s great to just go down there and play against good talent that you don’t often get to play against. Success would be good but I still enjoy it regardless. I think you definitely play better against better opposition.”
While Crabb is cautiously optimistic about his chances, he believes another Broken Hill player has what it takes to come home with the championship singles trophy.
“I can’t go past Patrick for the championship singles,” Crabb said.
“He got very close last year and probably should have won it. He drew the eventual winner in the first round and lost in a tie break which was probably the match of the day.
“I think this year he could go one better.”
In local tennis news, the summer competition gets underway in two weeks with the ladies starting on Tuesday February 13, men’s Division One on Wednesday February 14 and Open A Grade the following night. Junior tennis will also kick off that week on Saturday February 17.