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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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Wroxall B’s Disappointing Start

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

Wroxall B’s opening match of the season was away to Newport B at the Drill Hall Newport on Thursday 19th October.

This newly formed team, comprised of some well established Wroxall players and two who were not only new to Wroxall but to League competition as well, did not, unsurprisingly, perform as well as the ‘A’ team have currently been doing.

It always takes a new team a few games to find their feet and develop their own style of play and that was certainly evident here.

The 1st set saw the new kids on the block, Simon Jilley & Callie Hatcher up first, and considering it was their first time playing together in a League competition, they put on a fine performance. It was a close fight with a lot of really good rallies, but unfortunately Simon & Callie just lost out in two games 21-16, 21-19, to put Newport in front 1-0.

Set 2 saw newly appointed team Captain Harry Rann paired with Jill ‘Tiger’ Osborne, and even Harry would agree that it is fair to say that he wasn’t on the best of form for his season opener. Whether it was a slight case of nerves at being captain for the first time or simply being a little bit rusty after the summer break, he & Jill couldn’t quite find the form needed and lost in two games also at 21-14 and 21-12 respectively to put Newport further ahead at 2-0.

The 3rd set saw Trevor ‘Three Games’ Duffield & Jenny Gardner on court next and in this instance Trevor couldn’t quite live up to his soubriquet as he and Jenny also suffered a two game, 21-15, 21-13 loss to bring Newport now up to a 3-0 lead in the match. The question now was, could Wroxall make any inroads into Newport’s lead?

The result of set number 4 would suggest a positive in that regard as the first men’s pairing of Simon Jilley & Harry Rann were up next and gave Wroxall some hope.

The first game didn’t go to plan and went to Newport at 21-16. However, Simon & Harry quickly found their rhythm as a pair and set about rescuing the set in the subsequent two games, 16-21, 15-21, to bring the match score back to 3-1 in Newport’s favour.

Set 5 saw another close match involving another first time pairing of Callie Hatcher & Jill Osborne, who, despite losing the set; fought for it every inch of the way. They lost the first 21-14, but fought back in the second to win 18-21, but couldn’t quite maintain the pace in the third and lost 21-10. Match score now 4-1 to Newport.

This was now looking like Newport’s match to lose, but Wroxall weren’t going down without a fight and the 6th set demonstrated that clearly as the pairing of Simon Jilley & Trevor Duffield almost pulled another one back for Wroxall. But it was not to be as the Wroxall pair fought an incredibly tough 22-20 first game and an almost as close 21-18 second game to just lose out. Close but no cigar! 5-1 was the score now, and the match to Newport.

Unfortunately the 7th set provided no relief for Wroxall either as, the ladies pair of Callie Hatcher & Jenny Gardner struggled to find their feet as a team and went down to a straight two game loss at 21-11, 21-11 to put Newport even further ahead at 6-1.

However, Wroxall weren’t quite finished for the evening and produced one final hurrah, with Harry Rann & Trevor Duffield putting in a great performance.

The first game was a really tight, point for point match with Harry & Trevor emerging the eventual victors at 20-22, and then picking up the pace to take the second in a slightly easier 13-21 win to claw another set back for Wroxall to bring the score line to 6-2.

With the 9th and final set now upon us the question on everyone’s lips was, could the final ladies pair of Gill Osborne & Jenny Gardner add to Wroxall’s meagre tally for the evening?. Sadly, alas, for Wroxall the answer was no, as, despite putting up a good showing Gill & Jenny lost out in this last set by 21-14, 21-10 to leave a final result of 7-2 to Newport.

Many congratulations to Newport B on their fine win, I’m sure they’ll do well in the League this year.

Wroxall B and their supporters shouldn’t, however, be disheartened by this result. It is, after all, as previously stated; a brand new team with some players who are new to league competition. Overall it wasn’t a bad first outing and on first look showed a lot of promise for the rest of the season. I’m sure that once Harry Rann settles in to his new role as team captain and the team find their own style and rhythm of playing together, we will rapidly see improvements in their performance.

Their next match is a home one at Wroxall Community Centre on Monday 30th October against Cowes B starting at 7:00pm, so we’ll see what happens then.

See you there!

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Photos and News from Annual Dinner 2016

Posted by on May 23, 2016 in General News, News | 0 comments

Wroxalls annual dinner was held on 16th April at the Star Inn in Wroxall. It was a convivial evening with good food and great company, there was a special thanks to Steve & Ann Baker for continuing to work behind the scenes to help support the club and the award for the most games won in a season went to Roy Freeman for the 2nd consecutive year. See below for photos of the event.

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Annual Dinner 2016

Posted by on Mar 9, 2016 in General News, News | 0 comments

BREAKING NEWS!

This year’s annual dinner is scheduled for Saturday 16th April,

and will be at The Star in Wroxall. Please arrive at 7:00pm for a 7:30pm start. A menu will be circulated soon and published here as well. If you wish to attend and for your menu choice please contact Jenny Gardner on her ususal number.

Hope to see you all there!

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West Wight Tournament Mens Doubles Result

Posted by on Sep 3, 2015 in General News, News | 0 comments

Big Congratulations to Owen Baker & Carl Freeman on winning the mens doubles final of he West Wight Tournament and will be stopping at he Co-Op at Rookley on the way home , to celebrate Bekah Gregory! ;-It was a bit of a nail biter with Owen & Carl winning the first set 21-17, then giving away a lot of points in the second set losing 16-21, then at, at one point with just a 2 point difference in the third set, they decided to stop arseing about and came out with some great shots to open up a decent lead and win the thrd set and the match 21-11 – whew! Well done also the the winners of the Ladies & the Mixed doubles on their well earned victories and a big thank you to Mike West and his colleagues for doing a magnificent job of organising and running the tournament,

Steve Baker's photo.
Steve Baker's photo.
Steve Baker's photo.
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WBC AGM

Posted by on Aug 29, 2015 in General News | 0 comments

Wroxall’s AGM was held on monday 11th May with a good attendance. Items discussed were finances, the season success’s, membership, some changes of rules to Isle of Wight badminton, the setting up of a web site and recruitment of new players for next season (more about this on the next post). This was followed by some friendly matches, with some playing in less than coventional outfits! How about Wroxall onesises for next years kit folks! smile emoticon

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