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The start of this season marks Heron’s fourth consecutive yearcompeting in the regional league, which comprises some of the best players inthe south-west. With this year’s group appearing to be the most competitiveyet, starting the season brightly is a necessity for the Newquay based club. Heron’s singles line-up was comprised of 4 regular first team players: Elliot Moses, Liam Manning, James Bassett and team captain-Robin Pursall.

Despite the potentially problematic windy conditions, all four playerscame through their matches unscathed with straight set victories. At positions three and four in the roster, the seasoned campaigners Bassett and Pursall wasted no time in vanquishing their opponents, putting in equally solid displays towin 6-2 6-0 and 6-1 6-4 respectively. The brevity of the matches continued on Manning’s court, who frustrated his opponent with his balance of consistencyand aggression, leading him to a comfortable 6-3 6-1 win. It was then down to Moses to take the final singles rubber of the day and clinch and early victory for Heron before the round of doubles matches.

It proved to be the longest match of the tie, with Moses fighting off a spirited second set comeback fromhis opponent to eventually clinch the match 6-2 7-5 and seal victory for Heron. With the pressure off and victory already sealed, the doubles offered a chance for Heron to pick up some welcome bonus points.

MatthewTrudgeon (coach at Heron) substituted in for Pursall to partner Bassett, and together they made light work of the Dorset pair, sealing a comprehensive 6-06-1 win. Moses and Manning, on the other hand, found their encounter to be more competitive, and required a third set tie-break to eventually decide the match.The fluctuation in ascendency that characterised the entire contest continuedinto the tie-break, with the Heron pair eventually coming out on top 10-8. This result sealed a 6-0 whitewash for the Heron side and placed them at theleague’s summit after the first round of matches. Heron’s next match takes place at home on the 17th of April versus TDA Bodmin. For this tie, Heron hope to welcome the return of team member Tad Maclean, who has been away competing in national standard tournaments across the country. Like Moses and Manning, Tad is a product of Heron Tennis’ Ace Academy, which offers a comprehensive tennis programme foryoung and aspiring tennis players with a commitment to improving their game. Spectators are very welcome to come and watch our next home match on Sunday 17th of April starting at 12pm. For more information, please contact us on 01637 877555, pop into reception to speak to a friendly member of staff, visit us at http://www.heron-tennis.co.uk/ and find us on Facebook and Twitter: Ace Tennis Newquay.

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