Kerikeri's pickleball team has returned victorious from a successful tournament in Auckland.

Eight local players competed against clubs from across New Zealand in a weekend of thrilling pickleball in Albany on April 6 and 7.

Women's teams Barbara Webb and Marlene Roberts, and Sukanya Sornland and Joanie Irissarri both reached the open women's semi-finals, withSornland and Irissarri progressing to the finals and going on to win the title in a closely fought encounter against Hawke's Bay competitors Jacqui Blakemore and Katrina Lukies.

Pickleball combines elements of tennis, ping-pong and badminton and is one of the fastest growing sports in the