TENNIS section members of the British Games Club travelled across the island to Los Gigantes for the annual inter-club tournament with their old rivals from the Tipsy Terrace.
There was added spice to this year’s encounter, which marked the 20th anniversary of the first meeting between the two teams.
Back then it was a ladies-only event and continued as such for a few years but has long since become an event for both men and women.
There has always been great camaraderie between the two teams, despite it also being intensely competitive, with no quarter asked and none given.
The match is fought over a series of men’s, women’s and mixed doubles – the two teams are picture above – and it was quite a tight affair, with home advantage proving decisive at the end of the day by the narrow margin of 14 points over the series of 24 matches played over four hours.
With the rivalry set aside, the two teams joined together for a celebratory lunch, after which a number of presentations were made. Gifts were exchanged between the two teams, with the Games Club giving individually-labelled and dated jars of local honey, made by Chris, to each of the Los Gigantes team members and the Tipsy Terrace team reciprocating with a beautifully-engraved commemorative vase, which will now be prominently displayed in the clubhouse.
Highest scoring players on each team received special pens, which for the Games Club went to tennis captain Maxine as ladies’ top scorer and was shared by Nick G and Toni as joint leading scorers for the men.
Tennis captain Maxine said: “It was a great day all round, with good competition, good friends and fabulous food.
“Our thanks go to John Debnam and Prissy Harper for their great hospitality and, above all, their comradeship.”