Los Gigantes team on the receiving end of a British blast
IT WAS A TALE of two tournaments for the British Games Club tennis team in February as they recorded a resounding victory in one but slipped to an unexpectedly heavy defeat in the other.
In the first of the two tournaments, the Games Club hosted the 21st staging of the annual inter-club match against the Brits based at the Tipsy Terrace in Los Gigantes.
The match proved to be as competitive as ever but this time round resulted in a resounding victory for the home team by 113 points to 77, reversing the trend of recent years which has seen the Los Gigantes team have the upper hand.
The tournament was played out over 24 half-hour doubles matches, nine for men, nine for ladies and six for mixed pairs.
The British team was made up of tennis captain Maxine, Victoria, Monika, Nena, Janet and Fran on the ladies side and by Geoff, Ken H, George, Nigel, Tony and Ken S in the men’s matches.
The tone for the competition was set in the first of the eight rounds of matches when the British men stormed ahead by 22-6. The lead was further enhanced when the ladies took to the courts for the first time, coming out on top by 19-10.
And so it continued, with the Games Club winning six rounds while the Los Gigantes ladies managed to win one round for their team.
When it came to individual honours, Geoff and Maxine received mementoes as highest individual men’s and ladies scorers at the traditional celebratory lunch in the clubhouse that followed. The food was washed down with plenty of wine and alongside great company.
Steely determination of the Finns wins the day
HAVING recorded a comfortable victory in the first staging of a new inter-group tournament against a team of Finnish players last year, the Games Club were probably guilty of a too relaxed approach to this year’s fixture.
The steely determination of the men from Finland was evident even before the match started, as they arrived bright and early for a substantial practice session ahead of the 10am start.
The Brits – with several of the winning team against Los Gigantes unavailable – were much more casual in their approach.
And it showed as the Finns steamrollered their opponents by 13-4 in the first round of matches.
The next two rounds were equally disastrous for the Brits as the Finns continued to bulldoze the opposition with scores of 11-5 and 16-6 respectively.
In all, 16 half-hour doubles were played over six rounds and it wasn’t until the fourth round that the Brits were able to salvage some pride, winning it by 13-9.
Overall the Finns emerged triumphant with a winning score of 63-41.
The British team were represented by George, Paco, Maxine, Nigel, Hardy, Ken, Robin, Monika and Rob, while the the Finnish team was made up of Kari, Seppo, Jussi, Timo, Tinde, Esko, Sakke and Pepe.
A big thank-you goes to Nigel, who came up with initial idea for the tournament, arranged the day’s activities and captained the British team.
It now looks set fair to become another fixture on the annual club calendar and which everyone will look forward to with relish in the years to come.
Max and Nigel begrudginly handed over the trophy, which will remain on display in a glass case in the club, at the lunch that followed.
The Finns suggested enlarging tournament to take up four courts and involving more players but tennis captain Maxine said: “We’ll have to think about that one. It’s always lovely to mix with other nationalities for competitions like this.
“Make no mistake, we will field a stronger team for sure next year and we will be looking to regain that trophy.”