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Craig Dye wins South Island Men's Title

posted Aug 14, 2011, 9:31 PM by Gina Connell   [ updated Aug 15, 2011, 1:16 AM ]

Craig Dye has won the Open Men's Singles Title beating Ben Duffy (4:0) in the final.  A first for North Harbour!  

"Wang Qi (Otago/Fiji) was the first seed but he lost to Ben Duffy in the semi final.  Ben played well against him, keeping him under pressure throughout the match.   Ben and I then played in the final.  We always have close matches which can go either way.  I was lucky to hit form at the right time and capturing the first two sets in close battles allowed me to go on and win 4-0", says Craig.

Back in 1986 and 1987 a North Shore player, Malcolm Darroch won the South Island Open Men's Singles two years in a row, but Craig winning on the weekend is the first time for North Harbour.

Congratulations Craig from the management committee and North Harbour players on a tremendous achievement.

See photo link from the South Island Championships held in Dunedin.