Tight tussles in NZ v BH encounter
Thursday, 17th May, 2018
By Myles Burt
A group of New Zealander Tennis players took on the locals this week, as part of a tour before the Berri Teams Carnival.
The Broken Hill team gave their all last Monday night against the Kiwis, which made for a great night of tennis, according to trip organiser Phillip Crozier.
“It was just beautiful,” Mr Crozier said. “One of our top men he played out of his skin, I haven’t seen him play that well in years.”
Mr Crozier thinks that towards the end, Broken Hill players had bested them, with the women’s rounds holding strong and mixed rounds showing tight competition.
“I think your girls were of a higher standard, but our men were about equal,” he said.
“We came home and we all went to bed instantly just about.”
Mr Crozier said these kind of tours have taken place for the last 25 years with players travelling to major cities like Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane, then heading inland for a couple of weeks.
Mr Crozier said he’s taken up the mantle from the original organiser who passed away last year.
“We just wanted to carry it on, and anybody from New Zealand who is a tennis player wanting to travel around playing lots of tennis is most welcome to come on the trip,” said Mr Crozier.
“So far everything has gone super well.”
All the players come from the South Island around Christchurch through the Canterbury Country Tennis Organisation, which is comprised of a variety of clubs according to Mr Crozier.
So far, the group is almost halfway on their itinerary of towns to visit.
“So we’ve landed in Adelaide, played in Jamestown and come to Broken Hill and played and now heading off to Mildura,” he said.
After Mildura the troupe will travel over for the Berri Teams Carnival and after that float down the Murray River on a house boat for two days before playing more tennis in Murray Bridge.
On Tuesday, the Kiwis had a look around Broken Hill, seeing the sights of Silverton, descending into the Daydream Mine and learning more about the city at the Geocentre.
“That was very good and it gave us an idea of what elements came out of the ground here,” said Mr Crozier.
“It’s hard to find a museum with all the gear they used to have, an idea of how tough it must’ve been in those early days.”
The team are now on their way to Mildura to gear up for some more tennis action before trying their luck at the Berri Teams Carnival.