THERE’S AN OLD SAYING that you are only as old as you feel.
Deighton “Pa” Roach is living proof of that. He’s feeling young, and playing like it too. The 64-year-old road tennis legend continues to defy his age on the court, as was evident when he came up against Simon Bayne on Wednesday night in the Bush Hall Dungeon Road Tennis Competition.
Playing at the facility which was named in his honour – the Deighton “Pa” Roach Tennis Centre – and officially opened by Member of Parliament for the area, then Attorney General Mia Mottley, in 2003, Roach, wearing his traditional knee pads, regularly threw himself around the court, much to the amazement of the crowd on hand.
However, despite putting up a valiant fight and with spectators cheering him on, he went down 21-17, 23-25, 18-21 to Bayne, in arguably the best match of the competition to date.


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