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Teen eyes third-straight Southland Women’s Championship


Halle Faherty, 17, and Josh Cochrane will be playing in the Southland Senior Tennis Championships at the Waihopai Tennis Club in Invercargill, on Saturday and Sunday.

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Halle Faherty, 17, and Josh Cochrane will be playing in the Southland Senior Tennis Championships at the Waihopai Tennis Club in Invercargill, on Saturday and Sunday.

Invercargill teenage tennis player Halle​ Faherty will be eyeing a third straight Southland Women’s title this weekend.

The ILT Southland Senior Tennis Championships are on Saturday and Sunday at the Waihopai Tennis Club in Invercargill.

There are 30 entries across the men’s and women’s singles and men’s, women’s and mixed doubles.

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The action starts at 9am Saturday and the final matches on Sunday are expected to begin about 2pm.

Faherty, 17, has won the two previous women’s singles titles, and looks to make it a hat-trick.

“Hopefully, that’s the plan. But you never know,” she said.

This weekend’s play also marks the centenary celebration of the first Southland Gentleman’s Singles title. The other titles were first awarded in the 1940s.

Tennis Southland operations manager Debbie Munro said there were entrants from across Southland and Otago.

Munro made special mention of 18-year-old Southlander Tim Williams, who has spent the past two years at school and an elite tennis academy in Brisbane and will take part in the tournament this weekend.

However, in true Southland fashion he wasn’t hitting the courts on Friday as he was doing a full day in a shearing shed.



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