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Wroxall ‘A’ Win Over Wroxall ‘B’!

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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