Launceston pair make finals

GAME ON: Launceston tennis player Ruben McCormack has advanced through to the men's and boys' Pardey Shield finals. Picture: Scott Gelston
GAME ON: Launceston tennis player Ruben McCormack has advanced through to the men's and boys' Pardey Shield finals. Picture: Scott Gelston

LAUNCESTON stars Ruben McCormack and Ben Barnett will fight each other for two crowns at the Tasmanian Easter Championships on Monday.

McCormack, 16, defeated Queenslander Josh Barber 6-1, 6-3 in Sunday’s men’s singles quarter final at the Launceston Regional Tennis Centre, while Barnett upset third-seed Jamieson Nathan (ACT) in three sets.

Barnett won the thrilling encounter 5-7, 6-3, 6-1.

Women’s singles first-seed Vanessa Dobson defeated New South Wales’ Emma Pollock 6-4, 6-4 to book a finals date with Sandy Bay’s Eliane Fader. The Tasmanian second seed took down Queensland’s Annie Donaldson in comfortable fashion – 6-3, 6-1.

In the girls’ Pardey Shield contest, for the state’s best under-18 players, Sandy Bay’s ​Olivia Maskell went down to Fader in the semi-final stage. Fader will now play Charlotte Ingram in the final after she defeated Park Grove’s Arnaka Bourn 6-1, 6-2.

In the boys’ shield battle, it was McCormack and Barnett that won through.

Olivia Maskell. Picture: Phillip Biggs

Olivia Maskell. Picture: Phillip Biggs

McCormack cruised past Legana’s Ronan Naidoo in the quarter final before narrowly edging past Sam Edgar in their semi final. McCormack won 5-7, 7-5, 10-6.

Barnett’s path on the other hand was slightly more smooth as he took down Oliver Hadley (6-1, 6-0) in the quarters and Newstead’s Sam Whitehead (6-0, 6-3, 10-5) in the semis.

The boys final starts at 11.30am and is followed by the girls at noon, while the men’s and women’s finals will begin at 10am and 10.30am, respectively.