TENNIS: Grantham Mini Reds win final match of the season

Grantham Tennis Club Mini Red team.
Grantham Tennis Club Mini Red team.
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Grantham Tennis Club Mini Red team travelled to to play Matts Monsters in the final match of the season at Joseph Whitaker School, near Mansfield.

The team consisted of Luke Cullen, Toby Cullen, Oliver Anderson and Harry Chambers and the boys went into the match with confidence, looking to get another victory after winning their previous match.

The boys played some fantastic tennis and the opposition could not match the quality of play from the Grantham side who comfortably took the match 11-5.

The Mini Oranges also played at the weekend, travelling to Caunton with the team comprising of Elliott Fisher, Eve Kimberley and Luke Cullen, with Martha Patton as a reserve. They played Matts Monkeys in what was their last match of the winter league before the play-offs. The Orange team played some fantastic tennis and really outclassed their opponents to win the match comfortably.

l Grantham’s first indoor mixed team played their last match of the winter league against a very strong Mansfield side. Grantham also fielded a powerful team of captain Lianne Tapson, James Drennan, Richard Cragg and Charlotte Palul.

The team put in one of their usual high quality performances, proving too much for Mansfield to take a 37-25 victory and guarantee themselves a top two finish.

l Grantham ladies’ second team faced Southwell A at home in their last match of the season. Despite putting on a great display of tennis, the ladies narrowly lost 60-48.

The pairings were Elaine Maplethorpe and Jackie Thompson, Angela Anderson and Lilly Braddock, and captain Elaine Pulfree and Carole Binz.

The ladies’ first team played Burton Joyce. The team consisting of Lianne Tapson, Megan Jones, Charlotte Palul, Jackie Wilson, Liz Frobisher and Liz Williams played extremely well and won easily.

The third team were at home to Saxondale this weekend. Unbeaten all season, they remained so with a 74-34 victory in the final match. The team comprised captain Jo Carstairs, Kate Dines, Sue Cox, Liz Stokes, Laura Dixon and Claire Marris.

l Grantham men’s Winter third team played Farnsfield with the team consisting of Martin Garrat and Nigel Birch, captain Colin Walton and Paul Kimberly, and Mark Harris and Ed Milner.

In a very close match that went down to the wire, they edged a 56-52 win. Martin and Nigel were 7-2 down in the last rubber and defeat was looming over the Grantham side. But the final pair won the next three games to claim the win for Grantham.