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Wroxall B Improve, But Not Enough!

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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