Monday, April 15, 2024

Grazettes turns on the magic to upset ‘Dougie’


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The rains held up and the stars like Donald Grazettes shone brightly at the Deighton “Pa” Roach Centre in Bush Hall, St Michael, as the Bush Hall Club’s in-house road tennis tournament continued on Thursday night.

Grazettes, who spent the past decade videotaping the best exponents of the indigenous sport, showed that he studied and copied most of their styles as he wowed with an upset of Rudolph “Dougie” Doughlin 24-26, 21-11, 21-16.

After barely losing the extended first game, Grazettes coupled the crouching tiger style of Julian “Michael Jackson” White with the impenetrable defence and return consistency of Mark “Venom” Griffith to upend Doughlin. Grazettes moved with the lightness of a cat to advance to meet former Division 1 opening batsman Ron Bates in tonight’s round of 16 clashes.

The night’s action saw two heavyset players, Shawn Gilkes and Tyrel Hunte, moving to the next round in contrasting styles. Hunte showed no fear of the law as he ousted police sergeant Owen Lynch 21-14, 21-18. On the other hand, Gilkes had to battle to deny former Division 1 volleyball setter Andrew “Drax Hall” Goodridge 21-17, 18-21, 21-17. (KB)

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