TENNIS: Grantham veteran ladies end season unbeaten at home

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Grantham Tennis Club ladies’ veteran second team achieved another win at the weekend, to finish the season unbeaten at home.

Sheena Gordine and Sue Rowland played some great tennis, with strong serving, to secure all their sets in both matches. Sue Cox and Jo Jones won their first two sets with some excellent teamwork.

Collingham then fought back in a long close match with some strong tennis to secure themselves two sets, but overall the feisty Grantham team secured a resounding 6-2 victory.

l Grantham’s fourth mixed team played away at Farnsfield where they won comfortably 73 games to 35.

The team consisted of Colin Walton and Katy Dines, Peter Elphick and captain Lorraine Walton, and Mike Roys and Laura Dixon. The team remain undefeated after three matches this season and will be hoping to extend this run when they play away at Newark this weekend, knowing it will not be an easy match.

l Grantham’s mixed second team played away to Sutton Bonington.

The side comprised Ivo Marsik and Pam Aust, Rob Isaac and Helen Meuwissen, and David Blanchard and Liz Isles.

The Sutton Bonington team were very strong and the visitors were defeated 64-44.

l Grantham ladies’ third string took on Eastwood at home last weekend with the the team of Elaine Maplethorpe and Sue Taylor, Lorraine Walton and Tracy Hobson, and Karen Pye-Smith and Jackie Thompson.

They played some great tennis and managed to get a 65-43 games victory in very good matches.

l Grantham men’s veteran second team have enjoyed an eventful first season in Lincolnshire League Division One.

They started against last year’s runners-up, Grimsby, and despite playing well, were defeated 6-2. They then lost 5-3 to Eastgate before registering a comprehensive 7-1 win over St James.

After that, there was another close 5-3 defeat 3-5 against Louth and most recently a 5-3 victory away to Boston 2nd.

Despite the two wins, Grantham we are not yet safe from relegation as other results have not been kind. It promises to be an exciting end of season as four teams of the seven in the league are at risk.

And so Grantham may yet need a good result in their final match on February 8 when they are away again at Boston, this time against their first team who were last year’s champions.

l Grantham’s mixed first team consisted of Richard Cragg and Cerys Jones, Jo Jones and James Drennan, and Liz Stokes and Richard Smart, and took on a tricky Woodthorpe side at home.

Going into the last round, Grantham were four down. Cerys, in her first match for the first team, showed great maturity and ability in helping them take the overall win.

She recorded a convincing 11-1 victory in her last match with partner Richard, even though she had earlier snapped her strings and had to play with a borrowed racket.

The team have so far won two out of three matches.

l Grantham ladies’ first played away to Lady Bay. The team were Sarah Patton and debutante captain Mel Bloodworth, Megan Jones and Liz Isles, and Sophie Fletcher and Sally Walker.

The ladies played some fantastic tennis and enjoyed a very comfortable 70-38 games victory to make it three wins out of three this season.