Pippa Sherriff (pictured) and Ayoub Ahmad both qualified for the next round of the Primary/Intermediate Competition.
They played in their respective grades today (Thursday November 12th) at the Edgar Centre.
Pippa played in the year 6 and under grade and was seeded number 1. She had a BYE in the first round then played Bernice Cullen from Southland in the quarter-finals winning 7/3. In the semi-finals she played against Lucy Crawford from South Canterbury winning that comfortably 4/0, 4/1.
In the final she played Amelia Newlands (Seeded 2) from North Otago. There were some LONG rallies in this match – some lasting up to 50 shots. Pippa won the first set 4/2 but had a tougher time in the second set. Once again there were some long rallies mixed with some aggressive play. The last set ended up going to a tie-breaker with Pippa holding her nerve, making less mistakes and winning it 7/3.
Ayoub played in the year 8 and under grade and was unseeded. Ayoub’s first match was against Angus Ruddenklau from North Otago – he won that 7/1.
His next match (Quarter-final) was against Matt Ellis from South Canterbury (Seeded 3). This was a very tight match with both players creating opportunities in both sets. Matt won the first set 6/2 then Ayoub fought back to win the second set 6/4. It was down to a Super-Tiebreaker to decide who would win this match. It was a tight tie-breaker but Ayoub fought well and got the deserved win 11/9. Ayoub was unable to win his semi-final match against number 1 seed Michael Geologo from Southern Lakes going down 6/0, 6/1. In the play off match for 3rd and 4th, Ayoub won that by default as his opposition was unable to play.
Overall Pippa placed first and Ayoub placed 3rd which means both players have qualified for the South Island Primary/Intermediate competition. This will be played in Timaru on Monday November 23rd to Wednesday November 25th. Players who do well at this event will qualify to play the top North Island qualifiers.
Good Luck Pippa and Ayoub!