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Wroxall ‘B’ Vie with Vectis ‘B’

Wroxall ’B’s battle with Vectis ‘B last Monday 12th March at the Wroxall Community Centre didn’t go quite the same way the away fixture just prior to Christmas, with Wroxall just losing out to Vectis but not without a tremendous fight.

Harry Rann had stepped back down from the ‘A’ team in place of Trevor Duffield, who injured his wrist slipping on some ice, everyone knows you put ice in your drink Trevor, not under your feet!

The 1st set kicked off with Harry Rann & Callie Hatcher taking it to three games; winning the first one 21-18, matching point for point in the second but succumbing 19-21 and finally conceding 15-21 in the third to put Vectis 0-1 up at the start.

Set 2 saw Simon Jilley paired with Jenny Gardner, not playing together regularly may be why they struggled to find their rhythm together and subsequently conceded defeat in two games; 12-21, 16-21. Match score was now 0-2 to Vectis.

The 3rd set saw a turnaround in fortunes for Wroxall, with Colin Lovegrove & Gill ‘Tiger’ Osborne putting in a convincing and consistent performance; winning both games 21-16, to put the score line at 1-2 and getting the home back into the hunt.

Set 4 was another battle, this time with the first of the ladies pairings of Callie Hatcher & Jenny Gardner. They won their first game convincingly 21-12; the second, however, was a real fight, with neither side willing to concede. Vectis eventually came out on top with a close 20-22 result. The third game saw the score from game one flipped on its head as Callie & Jenny lost that one 12-21, now putting Vectis further ahead at 1-3.

The 5th set was another three game decider (Trevor would have been proud!). This time it was the mens pair of Harry Rann & Simon Jilley trying their best to close the gap. It didn’t start well for Harry & Simon with Vectis winning 12-21 .They bounced back well in the second, winning that one by a decisive 21-10. The third game was another battle royale with Harry & Simon determined to overcome their Vectis opponents and succeeding with a hard fought 22-20 win. Gap now closed to 2-3.

Set 6 saw Callie Hatcher & Jenny Gardner on court next. Unfortunately this set did not go the way that Callie & Jenny wanted, with the Wroxall pair conceding the first game 19-21 and unable to turn this around in the second, losing that one with an even bigger 9-21 deficit. Match score was now 2-4 with Vectis just requiring one more for the match.

Set 7 was another ‘Trevor style’ game featuring Harry Rann & Colin Lovegrove. They started well, with a 21-18 defeat of their Vectis opposition, but it went downhill from there with a 19-21 defeat in the second game and an even bigger 14-21 loss in the third. Match win to Vectis at 2-5, but there were still sets to play for!

The 8th set saw Wroxall doing just that, with Jenny Gardner & Gill Osborne putting on a great display of badminton that paid dividends for them and with Gill living up to her nick name!. Jenny & Gill won the first game 21-18 and the second 21-16; to bring the match score to 3-5.

The 9th and final set was almost an exact reverse of the 8th, with Simon Jilley & Colin Lovegrove playing well but simply unable to overcome the Vectis pair and losing the first game 16-21 and the second 18-21; to leave the final score at 3-6 to Vectis.

This was an exciting evening of badminton and congratulations must go to Vectis ‘B’ for playing well enough to turn around the result from their previous match with the ‘B’ side.

Commiserations, once again to Wroxall ‘B’, who, despite playing really well, were simply unable find that little extra bit of luck that is sometimes required to get a win, but still a thoroughly enjoyable performance from them.

The ‘A’ team played Cowes ‘B’, who are currently 4th in the League on Wednesday 14th March and needed as many sets as they could get from this match. This report will be up next, so keep tuned in…..

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