‘Pa’ loses thriller
HOW often does someone lose a game and get a standing ovation?
Well Deighton “Pa” Roach did that on Thursday night when he lost a thriller to A class player Adrian “Dan” Skeete in the veterans’ match of the World Road Tennis Tournament at the facility named after Roach in Bush Hall.
After outplaying and outclassing southpaw Skeete, who has just turned 50, Roach 65, was outlasted 22-20,19-21, 22-24 as everyone then stood and applauded the living road tennis legend.
Employing the chops of a table tennis great and the serves of a master, Roach created a high degree of fear for Skeete. Roach won the support of everyone as he threw his aged and heavily bandaged body around the court to recover some seemingly unplayable balls. (KB)
Please read the full story in today’s Saturday Sun, or in the eNATION edition.