For once, the small guns are set to upstage the big boys.
Antoine “Lil Man” Daniel and Mark “Venom” Griffith will surely dazzle for St Michael ‘A’, but all eyes will be on the lower seeds when the second semifinal of the Inter-Parish Road Tennis competition climaxes at the Deighton “Pa” Roach Tennis Centre in Bush Hall tomorrow night.
While Daniel and Griffith are expected to stroll to easy victories over the St James ‘A’ duo of Stig Merritt and David “Jah Paul” Phillips, several other mouthwatering matchups are on the cards.
One of those will be in the ‘B’ class, where St Michael and St George will clash in what is shaping up to be an exciting and thrilling encounter.
St Michael’s team of Junior “Ju Ju” Collymore and BDF soldier Terry Smith will have their hands full when they take on St George’s attacking Ivor Lashley along with Bruce Pounder.
What would be especially tantalizing is if the defensive minded Collymore, who has played superbly so far, draws Lashley, the towering six-footer and former national volleyball player.
It would leave Smith, who is also an extremely aggressive player, to take on the solid Pounder, who showed he is capable of withstanding an attack during his dismissal of Lloyd Deane in the quarterfinal round.
The veterans are also expected to be keenly contested with St Michael’s Jeffrey “Bing Crosby” Layne and Andrew “Cripple” Holder facing off against St George’s Jefferson “Liver” Rudder and Andrew “Drax Hall” Goodridge.
In the 21 and Under division, St Michael’s Keon Murrell will have his hands full against St James’ Dario Hinds.
Hinds showed in the Clash of the Titans tournament he can hang with the big boys, pushing Julian “Michael Jackson” White to three sets, while Murrell shockingly defeated Darius “Baraccus” Gaskin to earn the right to represent his parish.
Defending ladies champion, St George’s Kim Holder, will be expected to easily defeat St James’ Juliette Worrell on her way to the final.
Last year’s 15 and Under losing finalist, Justin Smith of St Michael will also be favoured to overcome St Thomas’ Nathan Thornhill in the night’s other match.