Rome Mens 'Masters' November 2015 - Fixture
Army Mens 'Masters' Squad vs TC Ferratella Team
27 - 30 November Weekend Fixture
Our Army Mens 'Masters' Squad spent a very enjoyable weekend in Rome where they played at Ferratella Sporting Club. Six players accompanied by their wives were extremely well hosted by Maj Michele Solemetite and his wife Claudia. Michele returned to Rome last year after a 3 year tour with the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps at Innsworth, Gloucestershire. During his time in the UK Michele made his mark as a very formidable tennis player and opponent and represented the Army in the annual Inter-Services Tennis Championships. Both ALTA and Michele’s local club in Gloucestershire were sad, particularly from a playing point of view, when the time came for him to return to Italy.
The trip to Rome saw our Squad take on TC Ferratella on Sat 28 Nov 15 in glorious Rome sunshine. The match consisted of 6 singles and 3 doubles rubbers. TC Ferratella team were all good clay court singles players and edged all the singles matches although Nigel Barker and Bill Herlihy were beaten in 3rd set championship tie-breaks. Our Squad fared better in the doubles and Steve James and Nigel Barker restored some honour and pride by defeating their No. 1 doubles pair. The match was followed by a very enjoyable supper and our Squad look forward to hosting TC Ferratella for a return match in the UK on the acrylic courts of Aldershot.
Representing the Army in this Mens 'Masters' Fixture were the following players:
- 'Bill' Herlihy
- 'Geordie' Haigs
- Mike Thornley
- Nigel Barker
- Steve James