Saturday 11th October 2014 saw 26 of our players and their families competing in this year’s Sponge Ball event. This is a fiercely fought annual competition which sees our younger and older players battling it out against each other to claim the title of Appeti Tennis Sponge Ball Champion for 2014!
The evening started with players being grouped in boxes which would help to decide the final play offs. With the top two in each box going through to the main draw and the other players securing their place in second round boxes there was everything to play for! After some close matches everyone progressed on to the next round. Once again there were some tight competition with the main draw semi finals eventually being decided. In one, Heinrich Nienaber just lost out to the younger but more match experienced Dushan Sreckovic whilst Alex Griffin fought hard but couldn’t quite defeat his coach Tim Bean in the other!
The final saw a replay of last year with Dushan playing Tim. This proved to be a really close match with Dushan pulling out all the stops to try and reverse last years score. However Tim was not giving in without a good fight and slightly pulled ahead to retain his title of Appeti Sponge Ball Champion for another year.
After a great evening of tennis everyone tucked into Marino’s fish and chips whilst discussing their tactics for beating Tim next year!
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