Dennis Event Success for Marshall Jenson
Perran Tennis held the first “Dennis” event ever on Saturday 4th March. Twelve teams of four players took part in this new format invented by the ladies of Perran Tennis and their coach Steve Luck. Member Rachel England named the game after the famous character from the comic “The Beano”. Other members had input to the rules which include eight on a court with no serving.
The format sits nicely with the L.T.A. initiatives Tennis Tuesdays and She Rallies that involve just ladies and girls. On Saturday despite heavy rain showers forty-eight ladies and girls took to the hard courts at Perran Tennis to compete for the “Dennis Trophy” donated by the Beano. Team names included the Menaces, Mini Minxes, Tutti Fruitis, Demon Dennis Divas! Some teams dressed up and wore make-up making them unrecognisable. Best dressed teams were the Gnashers and Double Double Trouble!
Great fun was had by spectators and team members alike. Boscawen Babes team member Claire Hancock commented “The conditions should suit us as we regularly play in gale force winds and rain!” Alice from team Mysteries was in high spirits as play got underway. Play was frenetic and the noise phenomenal. Bonus points were added by referee Rob Pippin for dressing up and purchasing t-shirts. T-shirts were sold to commemorate the day and were so popular that they quickly sold out.
After two and half hours of play Double Double Trouble and the Gnashers were tied third with 66 points. The runners-up receiving their chocolate prizes were the Menaces accumulating 68 points. At the end of the day it was the Ladies Who Lunch were the winners with 73 points. Captain Caroline Finlayson was over the moon with the result.
Ladies who Lunch were presented with their chocolate prizes and the Dennis trophy by Marshall. Following the presentation and photographs players and spectators retired to the pavilion for a special lunch provided by Club Treasurer Alison Luck along with cakes donated by team members. During lunch the raffle was drawn by the girl team members. Prizes included boxes of chocolate, tennis balls, a Beano book, a Gnasher hoodie and the star prize – A British Tennis t-shirt signed by Davis Cup captain Leon Smith.
Everyone had a fantastic time in raising £622 for Marshall’s Handstand Appeal.