Ole Year’s night may be gone, but it is certain that there will be some fireworks at Vauxhall tomorrow night.
Last year’s losing finalists – Christ Church’s ‘A’ class and veterans teams’ – are set to face stiff resistance when the first semifinal round of the National Sports Council’s Inter-Parish Road Tennis competition serves off at 7:30 p.m.
In what will no doubt be the featured match of the night, the home side’s seasoned veterans’ duo of Ian “Chicken” Yearwood and Glen “Chicken” Harris will be looking for revenge when they take on the defending champions, St Thomas, who will be represented by Ricky “Body Doc” Hoyte and Anderson “Chef Andy” Smith.
Hoyte is half of last year’s winning combo – which included Charles Taylor – which led St Thomas to their first ever title in the competition.
Both Yearwood and Harris are capable of holding their own, and the tie will hinge on whether or not Smith can rise to the occasion.
A chef by profession, he is a solid defender who will be hoping to stew whichever “chicken” he faces.
Christ Church’s ‘A’ squad of Anthony “Ears” Mitchell and Marson Johnson will no doubt start as favourites against their St John opponents, Adrian “Dan” Skeete and Anderson “St George” Sealy.
However, they will have to be on their guard against St John’s wily veterans, who at their best can certainly be a handful.
Victor “Earth” Ward will lead a Christ Church ‘B’ attack which is expected to dispose of St John and book a place in the final.
Ward will partner with newcomer Randy “Cat” Yearwood, against the experienced Winston “Ballies” Padmore and relative unknown Federickson Gill.
It would take a herculean effort from Padmore to carry his parish to the final, as Ward – who many consider to be an ‘A’ class player – is almost sure to steamroll whoever he faces.
The ladies will also take to the court, with Christ Church’s Rachel Smith coming up against St Michael’s Suzanne Scantlebury in what is expected to be an entertaining contest.
Not to be left out, Christ Church’s 2014 losing 21 and Under finalist, Emar Edwards will take on St Thomas’ Kyle King for a berth in the finals.
Defending champion in the 15 and Under division, Ezekial Ward will also be in action. He will be favoured to dispose of Tadario Seale when the two meet.