The invincibility of Kumasi-based 4 Garrison Officers Mess Tennis Club was nearly broken at this year’s Fetu Afahye in Cape Coast last weekend when they were held to a 6-6 drawn game by the Hill Club before a packed crowd.
Led by captain of the club, S. S. Abebe, 4 Garrison thrilled the home fans with brilliant tennis but failed to translate their dominance over the Hill Club after completely annihilating them (Hill Club) in a first leg clash in Kumasi.
After a rather blistering start 4 Garrison, which paraded a crack team, fumbled to allow their host to equal the scores.
In the singles competition, Baba Zakari of 4 Garrison set the ball rolling with a complete bashing of Abodwe Heckson, overpowering him with a 7-1 scoreline.
However, Dr Abraham Oppong of 4 Garrison failed to maintain the momentum set by Baba when he succumbed 4-7 to Emmanuel Alibah of Hill Club.
Oppong’s loss demoralised the team and led to Francis Akpese also losing to Andrews Adu Appiah of Hill Club 1-7. Joseph Yeboah Kodie and Nii Kwei Kussachin of 4 Garrison also lost in the successive sessions.
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The visiting team made amends by winning four out of the six of the doubles to equal the scores.
Speaking after the tournament, the President of 4 Garrison Club, Samuel Ampadu-Kyei expressed appreciation to the host club for the stiff competition and the relationship.
The Chairman of Hill Club, Frank Koufie, promised a keener competition to overturn their first leg loss in Kumasi early this year.