St George victory
St James defeated in inter-parish road tennis tournament
Not even the presence of a police officer could stop St James from being manhandled in the National Sports Council’s Inter-Parish road tennis competition last night.
Playing at Oistins, Christ Church, St George defeated St James in both the “B” class and veterans divisions to book their spots in the semifinals. St James did get some revenge however, as they returned to oust St George from the “A” class division in the nightcap.
Ironically, it was St James’ “B” class player Lloyd Deane –– a Station Sergeant –– who got the most brutal beating of the night. His opponent Bruce Pounder showed little remorse in the opening contest, crushing Deane 21-8, 17-21, 21-10. Pounder completely dominated the first set on his way to handing an unsettled Deane a quick sow.
In the second set though, Deane switched his strategy, opting to attack his opponent’s weaker forehand. It paid immediate dividends, with Pounder committing several unforced errors, as he frequently found either the top of the net or outside the court.
And while Deane’s smart play forced a third and decisive set, it was all one-way traffic from thereon. Pounder rushed out to a 7-1 lead against his tiring opponent, which he quickly extended to 19-6.
In fact, Deane was lucky to escape the ignominy of a double sow, with Pounder blasting an easy smash into the net with the score at 20-9.
It meant that Deane’s partner, Dwayne Lynch, was left with the herculean task of either defeating Ivor Lashley in straight sets, or handing him two sows.
And despite a valiant effort and a come-from-behind victory, Lynch’s 19-21, 21-9, 21-18 win over the towering Lashley, wasn’t enough to prevent St George from advancing to the semifinals by virtue of having accumulated more points.
In the veterans, Edwin “Blackman” Ward gave St James a winning start by overcoming Jefferson “Liver” Rudder, 21-15, 19-21, 21-12.
However, Rudder’s teammate, Andrew “Drax Hall” Goodridge froze Peter “Fireball” Maynard in straight sets 21-7, 21-16 to send St George through to the next round.
St James’ pair of David “Ja Paul” Phillips and Stig Merritt prevented a St George clean sweep though, as they turned back Lloyd “Dickman” Burke and Gary Cox respectively to win their “A” class clash.
Phillips won over Burke 21-15, 22-20, while Merritt and Cox’s match was abandoned after two sets.
Needing to win in straight sets for St George to advance, Cox won the opening game 21-17.
However, Merritt rebounded to take the second set 21-14 to seal the victory for St James, with Cox opting not to play the final set.
In the lone women’s match to play, Lyn Payne qualified to represent St Phillip by holding off a determined effort from national badminton player, Shari Hope, to win 21-19, 21-11.