George Lamming Primary withstood the threat of defeat to come out on top this morning in zone two of the 2017 Cave Shepherd, Berger Royale and A One Supermarket National Primary Schools Road Tennis Competition.
Playing in the team competition which was in the form of a round- robin, former road tennis kings George Lamming were locked in battle with three other schools including runners-up St Mary’s Primary, St Martin’s Mangrove and Deacons, at the Rubis courts on Spring Garden highway.
All four teams today with the exception of Deacons won two matches each and lost one (2-1) as they bid for a place in the round of 16 with only the top two teams being able to advance.
George Lamming had a better point average of 30 having scored 143 points for and 113 against, while St Mary’s had 140 points for and 134 against to come out as the second-best team. St Martin’s Mangrove did not stand a chance at advancing because they had 143 points against and 142 for which threw them out of contention.
Against Deacons, George Lamming won 2-1 thanks to Kenan Olivierre (21-6) and Nicholas McCollin (21-8). Naije Codrington was the only pleasing performance for Deacons in that encounter when he defeated James Arthur of George Lamming 21-4.
Anderson Gibson won the opening match for St Mary’s 21-7 against Javonne Gilkes of George Lamming. However, George Lamming managed to switch the momentum in their favour to come from behind and win 2-1 compliments good tennis from Olivierre and McCollin with scores of 21-4 and 21-6 respectively.
St Martin’s Mangrove did, however, rain on George Lamming’s parade as they managed to pull off a 2-1 victory. Shemahri Darlington (21-5) and Ahijah Blunt (21-9) trounced Ollivierre and McCollin respectively.
Runners-up St Mary’s took care of business 2-1 against St Martin’s Mangrove and 2-1 over Deacons to win two of their three games.
Anderson Gibson (21-10) and Alejandro McAllister (21-14) ensured St Mary’s were able to come out on top even though their teammate Kymani Preville lost to Ahijah Blunt of St Martin’s 21-10. While against Deacons, Gibson (21-7) and McAllister (21-12) played well to seal the victory.