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Wroxall ‘B’ Win over Freshwater ‘E’!

Wroxall ‘B’ won their second match of the season and added more sets to their tally, when they played Freshwater ‘E’ on Friday 23rd March at Yarmouth Sports & Social Club. It was a real humdinger of a match with four 3 game sets and several hard fought closely scored games that had everyone on the edge of their seats.

The 1st set started off in a very positive way for Wroxall, with Simon Jilley & Callie Hatcher facing some stiff opposition, but not giving an inch. Simon & Callie, fresh from her stint on Monday having helped the ‘A’ team win the Division 3 title, put in a confidant and cool performance to win in two games; 17-21, 18-21  and put Wroxall straight ahead at 0-1.

Set 2 didn’t go quite so well for Colin Lovegrove & Gill ‘Tiger’ Osborne, but produced one of the mammoth games of the evening. Colin & Gill lost the first game 21-13, but the second proved to be a monster of a game as they set about trying to redress the balance. Again, neither side were willing to give way the game went on & on until someone had to give. Fortunately for Wroxall, Freshwater were the ones who slipped and Colin & Gill won but not before the score reached an all mighty 26-28!

The third game proved a tough fight too, but this time Wroxall just lost out 21-17 to the home team; levelling the match score at 1-1.

The 3rd set saw another three gamer being fought out, this time with Trevor ‘Three Games’ Duffield, living up to his nickname once again, and Jenny Gardner trying to get Wroxall ahead once more. The first game went against them, but not by much with Freshwater winning 21-16. Trevor & Jenny bounced back to win the second 19-21, but couldn’t maintain the momentum in the third and lost that one also 21-16. Match score was now 2-1 to Freshwater.

Set 4 was yet another three game decider with Callie Hatcher & Gill Osborne on court attempting to redress the balance. They started well, playing some good badminton to win game one 15-21, However, they seemed to lose their way a little in the second and couldn’t keep pace with their Freshwater opposition with a large 21-5 margin. The third game was a different beastie entirely as Callie & Gill put behind them whatever was troubling them in the previous game; and turned in a fantastic effort that earned them a 17-21 win to level the match score at 2-2.

The fifth set, featuring Simon Jilley & Colin Lovegrove, was another three game set, but with a stunning climax. The first game went to Freshwater after a close fought match at 21-15. The second game went to Wroxall with an even closer fought 18-21 outcome. The third game was where it got interesting. Simon & Colin were playing well and matching the home team shot for shot until the latter half of the game when, Freshwater managed to pull ahead. It looked like it was all over (as the saying goes) as the score got to 20-16 to Freshwater, but, incredibly, from somewhere Simon & Colin found fresh reserves and fought it back to even the score. They continued on and with a mighty effort emerged 24-26 victors – amazing! Wroxall were ahead for the first time at 2-3.

Set 6 was bit of an anti-climax after this, especially, despite the best efforts of Callie Hatcher & Jenny Gardner and some great play from both; Freshwater managed to, once again, level the match with a two game result of: 21-11, 21-19. Match score now 3-3and it was all to play for!

The 7th set saw Simon Jilley & Trevor Duffield  turn the tables on their Freshwater rivals, playing some inspired badminton they won in two games by a decisive 7-21, 9-21 margin to put Wroxall back in front once more at 3-4 and just the one set required for the match win!

The 8th set really left it all to play for as Gill Osborne & Jenny Gardner went on court next to try and get the all important last set Wroxall needed. They put in a good effort in the first game but lost that one 21-13. Then, they put in an even better effort in game two, matching their opponents shot for shot. But eventually Freshwater managed to just edge ahead to win 22-20 to leave it all hanging on the last set at 4-4.

The 9th and final set saw the two elder statesmen of Wroxall Colin Lovegrove & Trevor Duffield take their shot at clinching the win next, and what a shot it was! Colin & Trevor played some terrific shots & volleys to win the first game 10-21. They continued with this all through game two and were rewarded with a 13-21 result this time. Final match score was 4-5 and Wroxall takes the win!.

This was an exciting and entertaining evening of badminton; with both teams playing well and it could have easily gone either way. But for once the gods were smiling down upon the ‘B’ team who got a much deserved second win under their belts.

Many commiserations to Freshwater ‘E’ who played terrifically well all evening, but just lost out in the end.

Many congratulations to Wroxall ‘B’ for a fine win executed with style & passion; well deserved ‘B’ team – bravo!

The next and final match of the season for Wroxall is the ‘B’ team once again; this time playing Newport ‘C’ away at the Drill Hall, Newport on Thursday 29th March at the usual time of 7:00pm so come along and cheer them to, hopefully, yet another win!

Mallet Cup Update

The next round of the Mallet cup is on Thursday 5th April at Yarmouth Sports & Social Club, where Wroxall will be taking on Ventnorians in an effort to win a spot in the final – so come on Wroxall!!

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