Seniors serve up top tennis in wet Uvongo

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The KwaZulu-Natal Seniors Tennis Tournament held in Uvongo at the weekend was cut short by stormy weather but nevertheless produced quality tennis.

Players from across the country returned to Uvongo Tennis Club for the second successive year where they were greeted by overcast conditions.

Although light rain fell a few times on Saturday, all matches at both Uvongo Tennis Club and Douglas Mitchell were able to be completed. This was, unfortunately, not the case on Sunday with play suspended and then cancelled just before 11.00.

The A Section was won by Team Mgeni captained by Geoff Borchers, who beat the Rob Houtson-led Team Mvoti, while Team Mzimkhulu skippered by Ralph Burls narrowly beat Viv Turner’s Team Mpenjati to take the B Section spoils. The raffle was won by Ralph Burls with Owen Balwanth taking the second prize.

Uvongo Tennis Club secretary Annette Perrow said the tournament faced numerous obstacles but felt players made the most of their time on the court.

“With winter flu preventing many entries, we also had several registered entrants who failed to arrive and a couple arriving long after play had begun,” she explained.

“We were fortunate to have reserve players available and had to make use of them to continue. A special thanks to Willem Erasmus who arrived to play if required, and to Roland Murray and Ian and Sharon Turnbull, visiting from Barkley East, who also were needed to play. We hope that Neil Perry recovers from his motorbike accident as he was missed at the tournament.

“Thanks to Val Kriel and her team of helpers who ensured snacks etc were readily available to all. A previous Chairperson and past President, Tessa Bester and her husband Ronnie, who also had been a member for many years, paid the event a visit on Sunday. Anyone who decided not to pop in really missed seeing some great tennis!

“A big thanks to all our sponsors – UGU South Coast Tourism, Marik’s, SANBS, Coca Cola, Doug’s Hardware, Lucky’s Manaba, Chubb Security and SPAR in Uvongo and also Manaba. Your assistance helped to make the tournament a success,” she added.

The club awaits the decision of the Veteran’s Committee as to whether the tournament will return to the South Coast in 2017.

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