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Wroxall ‘A’ Win Over Wroxall ‘B’!

Posted by on Nov 16, 2017 in Match Reports, News | 0 comments

Monday night 13th November saw the first of two League matches involving both Wroxall teams, which found Wroxall ‘A’ marching ever onwards in their quest to remain at the top of Division 3 and Wroxall ‘B’ still looking for their first win of the season.

The match started out pretty much the way it continued throughout the evening, with both sides mixing together whilst not on court, amidst much friendly banter and light hearted ribbing. This does not mean to say, however, that both sides did not take this match seriously, as both were looking to get something out of it and claim bragging rights over the other – and so let battle commence….

The 1st set saw the ‘A’ pair of Carl Freeman & Linda Lucas up against the ‘B’ team pair of Simon Jilley & Elaine Sharp (who had kindly stood in for unavailable Callie Hatcher). Game 1 saw the ’A’ side pair in pretty much dominant form with Simon & Elaine putting up a spirited defence, but not having played together before, struggled to find their rhythm and lost 21-11. They found an improvement in the second game but not enough to stop Carl & Linda also winning that one 21-15 to put Wroxall ‘A’ ahead 1-0 in the match.

Set 2 had the ‘A’ teamer’s Roy Freeman & Vanessa Allen pitted against the ‘B’ teamer’s Harry Rann & Gill ‘Tiger’ Osborne, who looked to be recovered from her unfortunate injury two weeks previously.

Once again the ‘A’ team simply proved too strong a pairing for Harry & Gill who despite making some great shots and producing good rallies, were unable to stop Roy & Vanessa emerging 21-13, 21-9 victors to put Wroxall ‘A’ ahead 2-0.

The 3rd set didn’t provide any relief for the ‘B’ team either as Clayton ‘Captain Phillips’ Simpson & Sarah Mcwilliam paired against Trevor ‘Three Games’ Duffield & Jenny Gardner, also won their set, despite a determined fight from the ‘B’ team pair, in two straight games, by a 21-6, 21-15 margin. Match score now 3-0 to Wroxall ‘A’.

Set number 4 saw the first of the mens pairings and this time it was the ‘A’ side of Carl & Roy Freeman versus the ‘B’ side of Simon Jilley & Harry Rann. Yet again, despite a great showing from Simon & Harry amidst clever shots and good rallies, the ‘B’ side were unable to stop the top of the division side from demonstrating exactly why they were top of the division and winning in another two games; 21-14, 21-11 to put Wroxall ‘A’ within one set of match victory at 4-0.

The 5th set didn’t vary from the previous four as ‘A’ side Linda Lucas & Vanessa Allen faced off against the ‘B’ team pairing of Elaine Sharp & Gill Osborne, who set out determined to at least slow their opponents down. Unfortunately, although they, like their previous team mates, put in a great performance and made their opponents earn every point, were unable to find their way around the ‘A’ team’s current form and once again the ‘A’ side of Linda & Vanessa won 21-14, 21-14. Thus sealing the match win for Wroxall ‘A’ at 5-0 to them. The only question was, could Wroxall ‘B’ get something out of this match before the last set?

Alas, set 6 proved no better for the ‘B’ side than any of the prior sets; where ‘A’ siders Carl Freeman & Clayton Simpson were up against ‘B’ siders Simon Jilley & Trevor Duffield who, provided some entertaining and creative badminton and making Carl & Clayton sweat a bit, drew the first game to a very close 22-20 win for the ‘A’ side. But could not sustain this enough in the second and lost this game too at 21-15. Match score now 6-0 to Wroxall ‘A’.

The 7th set had Linda Lucas & Sarah Mcwilliam from the ‘A’ team pairing off against the ‘B’ pairing of Elaine Sharp & Jenny Gardner, trying hard to get at least one victory for their side. Once again the dominant ‘A’ side were simply too well on form and ‘on game’ to be stopped  and Elaine & Jenny lost, after a well fought battle, to Linda & Sarah with a 21-14, 21-13 outcome in the ‘A’ side’s favour. Match score 7-0.

On court in set 8 was the ‘A’ pairing of Roy Freeman & Clayton Simpson facing off against the ‘B’ team’s Harry Rann & Trevor Duffield, who, once again, put in a splendid performance. They were, however, unable to stop a team that, at the moment, seems unstoppable and once again the ‘A’ side of Roy & Clayton emerged 21-14, 21-15 victors to put Wroxall now at 8-0 in the match.

The 9th and ultimate set followed exactly the same pattern as all the previous 8 sets had; with the ‘B’ side fighting a terrific fight but just not able to match up to an ‘A’ side  that is full of confidence and not making any real mistakes. In this case it was Vanessa Allen & Sarah Mcwilliam from the ‘A’ team matched against Gill Osborne & Jenny Gardner from the ‘B’ team. Vanessa & Sarah won the first game 21-12, but Gill & Jenny put up a terrific fight in the second and it looked like the ‘B’ side might get their first win of the night. But the ‘A’ teamers were just able to hang on to their lead, eventually winning by an incredibly close 21-19. Final result: 9-0 to Wroxall ‘A’.

This was just the result the ‘A’ team needed to maintain their top of the League position, but not at all what the ‘B’ team wanted. The end result, however does not really reflect the quality of the badminton played by the ‘B’ side and one can’t help but feel that with the quality of play that they displayed this evening, had they been up against any of the other teams in this division the outcome might very well have been vastly different. They were just unlucky to be up against their fellow club members who are currently at the top of their game. So congratulations to the ‘A’ team and keep on keeping on, commiserations to the ‘B’ team but well done on a fine performance. We are eagerly awaiting a very different result from your next match which is at home this coming Monday 20th November at Wroxall Community Centre against the Ventnorians starting at the usual time of 7:00pm so – GO ‘B’ Team GO!!

p.s. The League table will be updated at the weekend once the other match results are available.

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Mallet Cup 1st Round – Wroxall Whitewash BCA

Posted by on Nov 8, 2017 in Match Reports, News | 0 comments

Wroxall’s Mallet Cup campaign got off to a roaring start when they beat a stunned BCA side 5-0 to progress through to the second round.

This 1st round match was expected to be a tough one by Wroxall, as two of their ‘A’ team players, who are currently unbeaten at top of division 3 + four from the ‘B’ team were pitted against BCA, who are also currently unbeaten at the top of Division 2. It was in many ways a tough match indeed, but we suspect everyone on both sides were surprised by the eventual outcome that resulted in straight 5 set victory for Wroxall.

Set 1 featured Roy Freeman & Sarah Mcwilliam on a +2 handicap against the BCA side’s -6 and the Wroxall pair not only maintained that gap but increased it in the first game to win 21-10, but kept the gap consistent throughout the second to win that one 21-13 to get Wroxall off to a flying start at 1-0.

The second set saw Simon Jilley & Callie Hatcher on court next with a +6 handicap against BCA’s -4. This was a much tighter match, with BCA threatening to, but not quite able to close the gap in game one to, leave Simon & Callie 21-13 winners. However in game two, BCA not only closed the gap but overtook the Wroxall pair to win by 17-21. But they weren’t able to repeat that in game 3, which left Simon & Callie to emerge game & set victors at 21-18. Match score 2-0 to Wroxall!

Set 3 with Harry Rann & Jenny Gardner saw, what was probably one of the two most contested games of the evening. Harry & Jenny on a +8 handicap were matched against a BCA side with a  -2 handicap. Game one proved a challenging one for the Wroxall team and they had to fight very hard to keep a minimal lead but came out ahead at 21-20 (no point setting in this Cup remember). This seemed to take the wind out of the BCA team’s sails somewhat and Harry & Jenny were able to capitalise on this and increase their lead to win by a 21-7 margin. This put the match score at 3-0 and the odds were looking, against all the odds, very much in Wroxall’s favour. Remember that with the Mallet Cup it is the first side to 5 sets that wins the match, then its game over, so BCA had a real challenge on their hands now, but we are all well aware that they are quite capable of coming back from this sort of deficit.

The 4th set, however was not going to be the one where they do it. Simon Jilley & Callie Hatcher (+6) were up again next, against a BCA team on -6 and this simply proved too big a gap for the opposing team to overcome. Simon & Callie produced some outstanding badminton to win in two straight games 21-10, 21-15 to put Wroxall even further ahead at 4-0 leaving BCA with a mountain to climb, could they make a fight back in the next set?

Well, yes and no was the answer as, Roy Freeman & Sarah Mcwilliam (+2) who were in outstanding form in this set, were matched against a BCA team on -2. Roy & Sarah won the first game by an astonishing 21-1 margin and this all looked very promising for Wroxall. However game number two was a very different beastie, with the BCA side coming back very strongly and putting Roy & Sarah under some very real pressure. The Wroxall pair could possibly have prevailed in this game too were it not for Roy who, having over reached somewhat on a high shot strained his all ready problematic back, curtailing his movement around the court. Despite battling through the pain, he & Sarah were unable keep their advantage and eventually lost the second game 19-21. The third game was looking to be headed in much the same direction as the second, with the BCA pair playing some great shots and Roy & Sarah unable to produce their first game performance level. But, with the game level at 15-15, we saw Roy grit his teeth and with determined looks on both his & Sarah’s faces they set about a fight back, drawing out a 3 point 18-15 lead and keeping ahead from there on in, to win by 21-18; giving Wroxall a match score of 5-0 and victory thus, progressing them through to the next round of the Cup.

This was an entertaining evening of badminton, nobody watching the performance put in by the BCA side would have expected such a large winning margin by the Wroxall team; with the opponents playing some great shots and producing really good rallies and fighting all the way, so many commiserations to them and we wish them well in the Plate competition.

However, the handicap difference plus the form that the Wroxall team were in, was simply too much for them to overcome on the night and so many congratulations must go to Wroxall for putting in such a fine and determined performance to produce an outstanding win. Well done team and good luck in the next round.

The next game will be involve both teams as it is Wroxall ‘A’ v Wroxall ‘B’ at home on Monday 13th November at Wroxall Community Centre starting at the usual time of 7:00pm. So ladies & gentlemen pick your side and come along and cheer them on, as for this coward, he’s firmly sitting on the fence – see you all there!!

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Wroxall A Whack in Another Win!

Posted by on Nov 5, 2017 in Match Reports, News | 0 comments

Wroxall marched ever onward with their fourth win in a row, when they played Cowes A at the West Wight Sports Centre on Thursday 2nd November.

This match, however, was much closer than the ‘A’ team’s previous matches as Cowes were trying their hardest to break Wroxall’s unbeaten run, it was, despite their best efforts, not to be; as Wroxall racked up another victory to keep them firmly at the top of the table.

Wroxall started off well with the first mixed pair of Carl Freeman & Linda Lucas setting the tone by winning the 1st set in two games; 17-21, 11-21 to put Wroxall ahead straight away at 0-1.

Set 2 saw Roy Freeman & Vanessa Allen follow confidently on the heels of Carl & Linda by also winning their set in straight games with a very consistent 17-21, 17-21. This now put Wroxall at 0-2 in the match.

The 3rd set didn’t quite go to plan for the third pair of Clayton Simpson & Sarah Mcwilliam, but it did go to three games. The Wroxall pair won the first game 19-21, but had the tables turned them in the second to lose 21-19 and lost out to Cowes in the third as well by a 21-13 margin to bring the match score to 1-2 to Wroxall.

Set 4 and the first of the mens pairs, saw Wroxall back on track with the team of Carl & Roy Freeman winning another two gamer with a hard fought 17-21, 18-21 victory, now putting Wroxall further ahead in the match at 1-3

The 5th set featuring Linda Lucas & Vanessa Allen, saw the pendulum swing firmly back in Cowes favour and despite the best efforts of Linda and Vanessa to battle it out for the full three games; they were unable to stop Cowes emerging 21-9, 19-21, 21-17 victors. Thus pulling another one back for the home team and putting the match score now at 2-3.

The 6th set showed that this was going to be one of those see-saw events, with neither side willing to give an inch and fighting for every point and every game until only the most determined pair would emerge the winners. In this case it proved to be the Wroxall pair of Carl Freeman & Clayton ‘Captain Phillips’ Simpson who came out on top, after fighting it out for the full three games as well. The final result 17-21, 21-17 and an incredibly close 20-22. This now put the Wroxall side within one set of a match win at 2-4 and the odds in their favour. However, the way this evening was going anything could happen.

Just to prove my point, set number 7 swung back, yet again, in Cowes favour with yet another 3 gamer and the home side pushed all the way by the Wroxall pair of Linda Lucas & Sarah Mcwilliam. They started off well with Linda and Sarah winning the first game 19-21, but were unable to maintain the pace for the subsequent two, losing both in 21-17 and 21-12 to bring the match score back to a much closer 3-4.

The question was; would it swing back once again in Wroxall’s favour or could the home team beat the odds and level the match to leave it all to play for at the end of the penultimate set?

The answer, in this case, despite the fifth three game set of the evening, was that Wroxall would continue their winning ways. The last mens pair of Roy Freeman & Clayton Simpson sealed the deal for Wroxall with yet another hard fought, closely contested 21-19, 12-21, 19-21 win, that brought the match score to 3-5 to Wroxall and left Cowes to try and close the gap once again in the last set, and wonder what might have happened had luck gone their way in one or two of the earlier sets.

And so, it came to pass in set number 9 that, the home team did indeed manage to close the gap yet again. Only this time it made no difference as the outcome of the match had all ready been settled in the previous set. This didn’t mean they weren’t going down without a fight though, as the last pairing of Vanessa Allen & Sarah Mcwilliam led Wroxall to their only two game defeat of the evening, losing out to Cowes 21-14, 22-20, to leave the final score at 4-5 to Wroxall and yet another win under their belt.

Commiserations, but well done to Cowes ‘A’ for putting on such a fine performance and as result producing some top notch & entertaining badminton throughout the evening.

Many congratulations to Wroxall who, once again, showed grit and determination and some outstanding badminton to maintain their position at the top of the table. Keep up the good work!

There are no League matches next week as it is the first round of the Mallet Cup, and for Wroxall this means a home match at Wroxall Community Centre on Monday 6th November, where they will be competing with BCA to see who will go through to the second round; so come along and cheer them on!

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Wroxall B Improve, But Not Enough!

Posted by on Nov 2, 2017 in General News | 0 comments

Wroxall B’s second match of the season was at home to Cowes B this Monday 30th October; would home advantage prove to make a difference?

Although Wroxall showed a great improvement and were definitely playing better together as a team it wasn’t quite enough, down, we suspect, mostly to a piece of bad luck as much as anything.

The 1st set featuring Simon Jilley & Callie Hatcher started lively enough with the Wroxall pair fighting tooth and nail in game one to a 24-22 victory in Wroxall’s favour. Game two was also a battle, unfortunately finishing 20-22 in Cowes favour, compounded in the third by Cowes winning 14-21 to give the away team the first set, match score 0-1.

Set 2 was much better for Wroxall with 2nd mixed team of Harry Rann & Gill ‘Tiger’ Osborne putting in a good and consistent performance and winning in two straight games – 21-17, 21-17; to put Wroxall on level pegging at 1-1.

The 3rd set swung back in Cowes favour with Wroxall’s Trevor ‘Three Games’ Duffield & Jenny Gardner trying hard but not succeeding; losing 15-21, 16-21 to now put Cowes ahead 1-2 in the match.

The next two sets were much better for Wroxall with the 4th set pairing of Simon Jilley & Captain Harry Rann again levelling the match the hard way. They lost the first game 14-21, but rallied back in the next two winning both at 21-15 and 21-14 to put the score to 2-2.

Hot on their heels followed the ladies pair of Callie Hatcher & Gill Osborne in set 5. Taking their cues from Simon & Harry, but in a slightly different order, Callie & Gill won their set in three; 21-16, 11-21 and 21-17 and for the first time this evening, putting Wroxall in front at 3-2, but not without cost. During the second game Gill Osborne was on the receiving end of a pretty powerful but unintended volley at her  from the opposing team, with the shuttle hitting her very forcefully on her forehead causing a certain amount of pain and producing a noticeable reddening bump where the shuttle hit & shaking Gill up somewhat. However being the ‘Tiger’ that she is, Gill carried on and went on with Callie to produce that 2-1 set win. This would however have a dramatic impact later on in the match.

The 6th and 7th sets, however saw Cowes regain the advantage with Simon Jilley & Trevor Duffield conceding defeat in the 6th in straight games 10-21 and 17-21, to put Cowes even once again at 3-3.

This was followed by the Wroxall pairing of Callie Hatcher & Jenny Gardner following in their team mates’ footsteps in set 7 and also losing in two hard fought games, that could have gone either way, but ended 19-21, 19-21 to Cowes; now putting them in front once again. Match score now 3-4.


Set 8 saw the third mens pair of Harry Rann & Trevor Duffield on court next and looking to save the day and the match for Wroxall. It didn’t start out well with Harry & Trevor losing the first game 17-21. But they battled back in the second to a close 23-21 victory, before wrapping it up in the third with an equally close 21-19 win, putting the match score, once again at an even 4-4 and leaving it all to play for in the final set.

The 9th set involved the previously injured Gill Osborne & Jenny Gardner, and it was clear from the outset that Gill was still feeling the effects of the earlier injury as she and Jenny struggled to a respectable 18-21 loss in the first game. However, it was in the second game with the score at 6-9 that Gill, suffering from a very bad headache and extreme dizziness, decided she could not continue and so the set and the match was conceded to Cowes – final result 4-5.

This was a really good evening’s competition with some very hard fought games and some great rallies that was overshadowed by Gill Osborne’s unfortunate injury and the subsequent results of that. One can’t help but feel, considering the way that the match had been see-sawing all evening that had the injury not occurred , Gill & Jenny may well have fought their way to victory in that last set, giving Wroxall the first win of the season. This is, however, an entirely moot point and we shall never really know what would have happened, such is life & sport….

Congratulations must go to Cowes B for a fine performance and the win; commiserations must go to Wroxall B for showing such a great improvement and looking on track for their first win only to lose out through unfortunate circumstance.

We wish the ‘Tiger’ a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing what the ‘B’ team can do in their following matches.

Next up is the ‘A’ team who are playing on Thursday 2nd November, away to Cowes ‘A’ at the West Wight Sports Centre, Freshwater at the usual time of 7:00pm. Let’s keep the unbeaten run going ‘A’ team; we’re all rooting for you!

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