1-5 Year Singles – Higginson and Nathan prevail as Champions

   Orewa’s Matthew Higginson celebrated his final days as a junior in style on his home green at the weekend by winning the Centre’s one-to-five year singles title.

 In a final, described by tournament director Maureen Taylor, as an epic he beat the equally promising Andy Dorrance (Manly) 21-20 in a match of nearly three hours and lasting 32 ends.

 Even to make the final Higginson had another torrid, nerve-wracking battle, beating Shaun Goldsbury in the semi-final by just 20-19. Unlike the finals all other games involved a two-hour time limit.

 It was a notable effort, though by Goldsbury, who is only in his first year as a competitive player.

 In the other semi-final Dorrance beat another Orewa player, Alan McQuoid, 21-14.

 Birkenhead’s Millie Nathan continued her great form with a comfortable win in the women’s one-to-five year singles. In the final she beat Takapuna’s Judi Farkash 21-8.

 Millie, of course, has been competing with distinction in the open ranks and the previous weekend made the senior championship final where she was runner-up to Black Jack Selina Goddard. She is also a centre representative in the open ranks.

 She beat another strong player in the semi-final, Takapuna’s Skye Renes, 20-13, having beaten the same player in post-section in the senior championship seven days earlier.

 Farkash performed well to make the final and was a decisive 21-9 winner in the semi-final over Helensville’s Sharon Parker.