Bush Hall eyes are smiling.
That’s because one of that St. Michael community’s best players Julian Quimby pulled off an upset 21-19 win over one of Barbados’ best defensive players in Anthony “Ears” Mitchell in the Republic Bank’s Racquets of Fire Road Tennis Tournament at the Belfield, St. Michael hard court on Wednesday night.
Quimby, one of the better players from the Bush Hall community since the road tennis disappearance of Charles “McEnroe” Griffith, dominated the early part of the game against a seemingly out-of-sorts Mitchell, who over the years has had some titanic battles against the likes of Junior “Michael Jackson” White and Jeffery “Borah” Best.
As to be anticipated from a player of Mitchell’s class, he came storming back from a points deficit that at one stage reached as high as seven points to lock the score at 18 apiece. It was then that Quimby’s tenacity came to the fore as he prevailed 21-19 despite a contentious line-call off a volley that potentially could have altered the course of the match.
White, the top seeded player and perhaps the best ever to grace a road tennis court in the island, could have been forgiven if he had decided to play left-handed as he totally annihilated an over-matched Aaron Barker 21-7.
Mark Griffith presented Morson Johnson with an early Yuletide gift when he allowed a seven-point advantage at 12-5 to vanish into the Black Rock air and succumbed 21-16 to Johnson whose game’s foundation was built on patience and the desire to return every ball at all cost. That Griffith’s game just basically went to pieces was completely inexplicable.
David Arrendell, who played impressively in the parish tournament at Dover, Christ Church a few months ago, showed that he was a force with which to reckon when he disposed of Anderson Sealy 21-11 in an encounter where his return on serve and deft chops were the feature.
Colin Jones had the easiest victory of the night when he dismantled Edwin Ward 21-4. Ward is a better player than the score-line suggested but on the night Jones played as though he had a point to prove, while Ward’s focus seemed to somewhere else.In other results on the night Michael Jean beat Lloyd Burke 21-14 and Shamon Weekes beat Winston Padmore 21-15.
The action continues at the Belfield Court on Saturday night.††