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The crowd and the excitement continue to build as the third edition of the Silver Hill Road Tennis Championship reached the final 16 stage on Sunday night at the Silver Hill Court.
With fans anticipating the showdown between two-times defending champion Mark “Venom” Griffith and the attacker par excellence, Antonio Daniel, other players have been showing their class while winning their own fan group.
Two such players have been Julian “Ju-Ju” Collymore and Charles “McEnroe” Griffith. An absence of almost two decades may have affected Griffith’s fitness but not his obvious class and nifty footwork as he dismantled the experienced Marson Johnson 21-18, 21-14.  
However, the game of the night was Collymore’s shocker over the cocky Damien “Force Ripe” Taylor, who met an opponent that played akin to a wall by doing nothing with the ball other than rebounding. Griffith entered the final 16 with a 14-21, 21-17, 21-19 victory.
Always an entertainer, Jeffrey “Bing Crosby” Layne played his rebounding game as he returned at times 25 rallies and more to wear down and embarrass Anthony “Baku” Simmons 21-9, 21-7, with Simmons taking home the first double “sow” of the 2014 tournament.The top-ranked Julian “Michael Jackson” White made his first appearance as he calmly dispatched the competitive Trevor Callender 21-12, 21-10. Jerry Harris whipped Andrew “Cripple” Holder 21-18, 21-16. Dwayne Hope stopped Simon Bayne 21-15, 22-20, Peter “Lover Boy” Moore defeated Sylvanus Doyle 21-12, 21-16, and the unflappable Gary “Kojak” Thomas closed out the night with a win over the confident Anderson “St George” Sealy 22-24, 21-821-19.
The B Class games also excited the crowd with Pierre Nurse defeating Henry Rollins 21-19, 19-21, 21-14; Damien Harewood stopping Bill Went 21-18, 16-21, 21-16 and Roger Daniel outplaying Jeff Browne 21-14, 21-18.

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