Men’s A-divi­sion bounces back

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HE first-ever Vet­er­ans Ten­nis Tour­na­ment be­tween Bor­der and Eastern Prov­ince which was held at the Ken­ton Ten­nis Club on Satur­day, was a walkover for EP.

“Lik­ing club­bing baby seals,” EP cap­tain Cris­tel Vosloo from Jef­freys Bay said.

The EP team took the float­ing tro­phy af­ter win­ning 505 games to 297 against Bor­der.

It was a dif­fer­ent story in the men’s A-divi­sion which Bor­der won 119 to 98.

Bor­der cap­tain Jeremy Blake and part­ner Ryan Armstrong de­feated EP’s No1 player Roger “Merv” Ser­fontein and his part­ner Theo Smith.

Blake and Armstrong were up 7-5 and also won the tiebreaker 7-6.

“Ev­ery game counts as the team with the big­gest num­ber of win­ning games at the end of the day is the win­ner,” said Blake.

Vosloo and Blake or­gan­ised the Vet­er­ans Ten­nis Tour­na­ment while Ken­ton Ten­nis Club’s Derek Moll or­gan­ised the ca­ter­ing.

“The hos­pi­tal­ity and ca­ter­ing at Ken­ton Ten­nis Club is out­stand­ing,” said Blake.

Ken­ton Ten­nis Club play­ers Tian Pien­aar and Tjaart Coet­zee (of Port Al­fred) were roped in for the Bor­der team and Alke Brad­field (of

TGra­ham­stown) played for EP. The costs of play­ing in the team, ac­com­mo­da­tion in lo­cal ren­tal houses and travel were borne by the ten­nis play­ers. Ken­ton Ten­nis Club also ben­e­fited from the pro­ceeds of the bar.

“There is a per­cep­tion that we are elit­ist, but there is no seg­re­ga­tion. Any­one can be­long to the vet­er­ans,” said Blake. Port Al­fred Bowl­ing and Cro­quet Club

NET RE­SULT: De­spite EP’s over­all win, Ryan Armstrong, above, and cap­tain Jeremy Blake were among the Bor­der play­ers who pre­vailed in the A-divi­sion at the Ken­ton Vet­er­ans Tour­na­ment at Ken­ton Ten­nis Club on Satur­day

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