G.J. GARDNER HOMES NZ BEACH TOUR RETURNING TO CHRISTCHURCH FIRST TIME IN OVER DECADE

G.J. GARDNER HOMES NZ BEACH TOUR RETURNING TO CHRISTCHURCH FIRST TIME IN OVER DECADE

Bangkok, Thailand, February 21, 2021 – The top 8 men’s and women’s teams in New Zealand are doing battle at Cathedral Square in the Christchurch CBD, a site that was heavily damaged in the large earthquakes that struck in 2010 & 2011.

The Christchurch Super Slam is the third of five Tour events, and day 1 saw each team play one match in the double elimination format.

Northland Slam Champion and local player Alice Zeimann has had a disrupted start to this event with partner Shaunna Polley being forced to withdraw due to injury, Zeimann called in NZL indoor representative Stacey Niao and they opened with a 2-0 (21-8, 21-16) victory over Libby Houghton and Katie Sadlier.

Second seeds Olivia MacDonald and Francesca Kirwan also started with a win over Brittany Allison-Carnie and Renei Ursem 2-0 (21-12, 21-18).

On the Men’s side, injuries to Johann Timmer (current tour leader) and Brad Fullerton saw a reshuffle of teams as well, with veteran Mike Watson pairing up for the first time with tour rookie Bae Fountain. The 2020 Cook Islands World Tour 1 Star winner Griffin Muller paired up with Tom Reid and they were the first men’s match up on Centre Court and went down to top seeds Alani Nicklin & Tom Hartles.

The last match of the day saw local team Mana Placid & Jacob Celeen-Thomas from Christchurch take on Watson & Fountain in front of the largest crowd of the day. The Tauranga pair were too strong in the end, winning the match 2-0.

The match ups in the winners bracket for Day 2 will see:

Julia Tilley & Analise Fitzi vs Micah Lindsay-Brown & Susan Imhasly
Olivia MacDonald & Francesca Kirwan vs Alice Zeimann & Stacey Niao
Tom Hartles & Alani Nicklin vs Trent Webby & David Jeffrey
Sam O’Dea & Ben O’Dea vs Mike Watson & Bae Fountain

Full results from Day 1:

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