THE third staging of the British Games Club’s tennis tournament against Tony Connolly’s international team saw the hosts romp away to victory by the impressive margin of 119-71 points.
The Games Club were dominant in all three of the disciplines, men’s, ladies’ and mixed doubles, winning all eight rounds of half-hour matches.
The men’s line-up of Geoff, George, Des, Nigel, Georgio and Ken won their matches by a combined tally of 45-26, the ladies team of Monika, Nena, Moira, Janet, Victoria and Melissa by 42-28 and the mixed pairings by 32-17.
The day’s first round of matches saw the Games Club men post a 15-11 winning margin. They were followed by the girls, who were even more dominant, returning a 15-8 scorecard. The third round saw the Games Club stretch their lead even further, as the British men dominated the round, with a winning total of 15-6.
The fourth round was a much closer, but still finished in the Games Club’s favour as the girls shaded it 15-13, before the boys once again dominated the last round of men's doubles with a 15-9 scoreline.
The last round of ladies’ doubles finished 12-7 before two rounds of mixed doubles ended 14-13 and 18-4 to the hosts.
The day’s events unfolded under glorious sunshine as the bad weather that had plagued us through most of November finally disappeared.
This relatively new fixture in the Games Club calendar grew out of the long-running twice-yearly tournament against the Dutch Club, which folded back in 2015.
Some former Dutch Club players still play for the international team, though with players from Britain, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Austria and Spain sprinkled through the two teams it was truly an international occasion.
As is traditional on these occasions, the two teams sat down together together for lunch in the clubhouse afterwards, ably prepared and served as usual by Cheo and his team.