Clean sweep for St Michael
Road tennis supremacy in Barbados remains at home.
That was the contention of several from the parish of St Michael who trekked from Springer Memorial Sunday night after witnessing St Michael make a clean sweep of the Inter-Parish Road Championships.
St Michael, through the class act of the game in the island, Julian White, and Mark Griffith, took the “A” Class honours while Davien Taylor and Aaron Barker defeated Christ Church’s Simon Bayne and Victor Ward respectively to win the “B” Class title. And to add icing on the cake, St Michael’s Darius Gaskin dug deep down in his resolve to earn a hard-fought 14-21, 22-20, 21-19 victory in the Under-21 category against St George’s Emar Edwards.
Last year Christ Church’s David Arrendell had been wiped off the court by White and despite his bold predictions to reverse that outcome, was again demolished in the finals 21-13, 21-10 and had only the consolation of not being sowed as he had been last year. Truth be told, the two are miles apart with White blessed with steely nerves.
Arrendell opened the first set in sensational style rushing to a 5-0 lead but that fire quickly burnt itself out as the man they call “Michael Jackson” took firm charge of the game and barely broke a sweat.
Partner Griffith defeated Christ Church’s Marson Johnson in a much closer encounter, 21-16, 21-15 where the former’s greater patience and consistency were the determining factors.
There were a few exciting rallies between the two but invariably Johnson came out on the losing end of them.
In the “B” Class match-ups Taylor endured some resistance from Simon Bayne before winning 21-18 but then quickly wrapped up the second set at 12. The second game between Barker and “Earth” Ward was a thriller. Barker took a keenly contested first game at 18 but was then made to look like a novice by Ward as he was sowed 21-5 in the second game.
But whether Ward became complacent or used up all his resources in the second game, Barker quickly put his nightmare second age behind him to win the deciding encounter 21-14.
For St Michael last night’s win marked three successive years they had dominated and the fans’ boasts leaving Government Hill were not misplaced.