The inaugural National Sports Council Road Tennis Special Student tournament trophy has gone to the Learning Centre after they made a clean sweep of the three best-of-five final against Ann Hill School at Blenheim yesterday..
Watched by two of Barbados’ top road players in Mark ‘Venom’ Griffith, and Julian ‘Michael Jackson’ White, the Learning Centre comfortably disposed of their opponents, to give themselves an early Christmas gift.
Victorious coach, Peter Moore, told Barbados TODAY the Learning Centre had always been very competitive and was happy with the progress they had made over the years in terms of the development of the school road tennis program.
“It is very important that the physically challenged schools get involved and the Learning Center through the years always had an in house competition, so they had a bit of advantage over the other schools,” said the former player and now road tennis coach at the National Sports Council.
“At the school, everyone wants to compete and through the years we would have developed a bit more construction in terms of basic tennis. From the time I heard about this competition I said to myself Learning Centre should win and we came out victorious.”
Moore also praised both Griffith and White for coaching the students of the Derrick Smith School and IrvingWilson School respectively.
In the opening match of the team competition, Talibah Davis give Learning Centre a 1-0 lead with an impressive 21-10 victory over Arianna Husbands, who also featured in the girls individual final against Rosie Murray of the Derrick Smith School.
Husbands conceded her second defeat of the day when she went down 21-12 in humid weather conditions to Murray, who played extremely well.
D’Angelo Wilkinson then scored Learning Centre’s second win of the team competition to give his side a 2-0 advantage when he dismissed Keshawn Elliott 21-8 in convincing fashion.
Joshua Martelly had his work cut out for him and fought well in an effort to keep the Ann Hill School’s hopes alive in the competition but it was not meant to be as Ajani Blackman persevered and secured the third game 21-18, to give the Learning Center a commanding 3-0 lead.
From there on, there was no looking back for the Learning Centre as they dominated their last two match-ups. Laquan Leacock experienced little problems as he defeated Davion Hinds- Brome, 21-5, while Kemael Butcher sailed past Taquan Lowe 21-4, to complete the 5-0 clean sweep.
The day was a successful one for Butcher as he also won the boys individual competition, beating Romarco Griffith of the Ann Hill School, 21-6.