TENNIS: Grantham veterans remain undefeated

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Grantham Tennis Club veteran men’s second string remained undefeated in the league after a home draw against Sleaford at the weekend.

Captained by Mike Roys, the pairings were Nigel Birch and John Legard, and Paul Kennedy and David Todd. Both pairings won and lost one match apiece and so the the game ended level at 4-4. The team will be hoping to carry on their unbeaten run when they face a strong Louth side this weekend.

Skippered by Janet Ibberson, the ladies veteran seconds played away at Washingborough this weekend. The team, consisting of Janet Ibberson, Sue Rowland, Sue Cox and Jo Jones, played some great tennis and proved too strong for the opposition, taking a 6-2 victory.

The ladies’ second team, captained by Elaine Maplethorpe, triumphed away at Caunton. The team comprised Jackie Thomson, Rachel Pulfree, Elaine Pulfree, Lorraine Walton and Angela Anderson, and enjoyed some very close matches, which was not reflected in the score as they won by 75 games to 53. They will be hoping to carry on this winning streak in the new year.

Grantham’s mixed first team faced a very strong East Bridgford side. Knowing they would be up against tough opposition, they too fielded an extremely strong team. Captained by Lianne Tapson, the team of Paul White, Melanie Bloodworth, Simon Cormor, Sophie Fletcher, Andrew Isaac and Megan Jones put in a great effort. With a good display of tennis from both sides, the Grantham side managed to edge victory 55 games to 53 in a very close game.