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Wroxall ‘A’ Back on Form with a Bang!

Posted by on Feb 1, 2018 in General News | 0 comments

The ‘A’ team’s away match at Cowes Enterprise College against Vectis ‘B’, also played on Monday 29th January, couldn’t have had a more different flavour and result than Wroxall’ ‘B’s, especially after last week’s ‘off-key’ performance against Ventnorians. Harry Rann was, once again, filling in for the unavailable Roy Freeman, to whom we wish a speedy recovery.

Wroxall set out the way they meant to carry on, with Carl Freeman & Linda Lucas, playing in set 1, setting the tone for the rest of the match and winning 16-21, 20-22 to put Wroxall ahead, right off the bat at 0-1.

The 2nd set saw Clayton ‘Captain Phillips’ Simpson & Sarah Mcwilliam following on in Carl & Linda’s footsteps by also winning in straight games 15-21, 19-21 to put the match score at 0-2 in favour of Wroxall.

The 3rd set had Harry Rann & Vanessa Allen involved in the first of the 3 game deciders when, having won the first game 19-21, slipped temporarily in the second to lose 21-16, but pulled themselves up by their ‘bootstraps’ in the third, to win game and set at 18-21. Wroxall were now further ahead at 0-3.

Would set 4, the first of the ladies sets, with Linda Lucas & Sarah Mcwilliam, prove to be a change of fortune for Vectis? The answer is a definite no! With Linda & Sarah winning comfortably in two games; 12-21, 14-21, to put Wroxall within one set of the match win at 0-4.

The 5th set had the first of the men’s pairings of Carl Freeman & Clayton Simpson maintaining the pressure and getting the match win for Wroxall by defeating the Vectis side 14-21, 12-21, to bring the score to 0-5 to Wroxall.

Set 6 continued in much the same manner, with Linda Lucas & Vanessa Allen on court next and they didn’t hang about by quickly putting Wroxall deep in to potential whitewash territory with a two game win at 15-21, 16-21. Match score was now 0-6 to Wroxall!

The 7th set saw a change of pace but the same result, with the second of the three gamers. This one featured Carl Freeman & Harry Rann, who started out by losing the first game 21-17, but upped their game (pun intended!) in the second to win comfortably at 10-21. Vectis fought back hard in the third but were beaten 20-22 to put Wroxall within two sets of a whitewash at 0-7.

Set 8 featured Sarah Mcwilliam & Vanessa Allen looking to maintain Wroxall’s unbeaten run this evening and, despite a valiant effort from the Vectis pair, emerged 14-21, 7-21 victors, to bring Wroxall’s match score to 0-8.

The 9th and final set saw Wroxall cap off their return to form with a final hurrah, with Clayton Simpson & Harry Rann rounding their evening off with a 11-21, 19-21 victory, to leave the final score at 0-9 and another dominant performance from Wroxall ‘A’

This was, by no means, an easy win for Wroxall, with close scores in many of the games and two sets going to the full three. So, our commiserations go to Vectis ‘B’. But well done to them on a fine and spirited performance, against a team that are proving very difficult to beat.

Congratulations, once again to Wroxall ‘A’ on an outstanding performance, especially after last week’s unexpected result. We look forward to seeing you continue in the same vein at next week’s re-scheduled home game against Freshwater ‘E’ to be played next Friday 9th February at the Wroxall Community Centre starting at 7:00pm.

Before that though is, the second round of the Mallet Cup with Wroxall playing at home against Cowes on Monday 5th February at the Wroxall community Centre also starting at 7:00pm. So come along and cheer them on!

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Wroxall ‘A’ Win With Another Whitewash

Posted by on Dec 5, 2017 in General News, Match Reports | 0 comments

Whilst Wroxall ‘B’ were busy earning their first match win of the season, Wroxall ‘A’ were busy demonstrating exactly why they are currently top of the heap of Division 3.

Monday 4th December saw them playing at home to 3rd in the league Cowes ‘B’ and Wroxall ‘A’ gave yet another match winning performance.

Kudos must first be given to Sarah Mcwilliam and Roy Freeman who, despite suffering the ill effects of a particularly nasty virus, not only turned up to play but played incredibly well.

Normal order of play was altered due to young Jack Hobbins from Cowes ‘B’ needing to leave early due to it being a school night.

The 1st set saw Carl Freeman & Linda Lucas up first and they started out pretty much the way the rest of the evening was to go, winning the first game by a close 21-18 and the second by much larger 21-8 to set Wroxall off on their winning run at 1-0.

Set number 2 featured Clayton Simpson & Sarah Mcwilliam on court next and they proceeded to follow in their team mates footsteps by also winning in two games 21-16, 21-13 to put Wroxall 2-0 in the lead.

The 3rd set had Roy Freeman & Vanessa Allen stepping up to the plate and they continued in a likewise fashion, winning in yet another two game decider 21-13, 21-12. Match score now 3-0 to Wroxall, could Cowes find any way in to this game?

If they could, it wasn’t going to be in the 4th set, Carl Freeman & Clayton Simpson were playing in this one  and just as in the previous sets they too set about winning in just the two games and emerged victors 21-15, 21-11 to leave Wroxall with just one more set for match victory at 4-0.

Set number 5 saw the first of the ladies sets  and this one had numbers 1 & 2 ladies Linda Lucas & Vanessa Allen showing what they could do. What they did was precisely the same as the previous Wroxall pairs and they too won in two games 21-15, 21-13 and giving Wroxall the match win with decisive 5-0 match score.

The 6th set saw the men back in action, this time with Roy Freeman & Clayton Simpson pairing up and, whilst not wanting to sound like a broken record, this was, once again, another 2 gamer also in Wroxall’s favour with Roy & Clayton winning game one 21-11 and game two 21-10. With the match score now 6-0  Wroxall were looking pretty unstoppable at this point.

However, there was still a little drama to be had yet, as set 7 saw Linda Lucas & Sarah Mcwilliam paired together this time; and they started well winning the first game 21-14, but then stumbled a little in the second giving some hope to Cowes as they won this one 16-21 , putting some pressure on Linda & Sarah to wrap the third game pretty smartly. This they did with a decisive 21-9 win to bring the  score now 7-0 to Wroxall.

The 8th set saw normal service restored for Wroxall and in some style, with son and father team of Carl & Roy Freeman winning their set in yet another two gamer with a very emphatic and consistent 21-8, 21-8 to bring Wroxall’s tally to 8-0 now.

The 9th and final set had the last ladies pair of Vanessa Allen & Sarah Mcwilliam capping off Wroxall’s evening and adding further to Cowes woes by winning in guess what?….that’s right two games! 21-14, 21-12 to bring the final score to 9-0 and another stunning victory to Wroxall ‘A’ .

Despite the score line it was a good spirited and friendly evening and Cowes ‘B’ played really well, there were some amazing rallies and really tough battles. But like all those who went before them, they were up against a side at the top of their game and with a keen desire to stay at the number 1spot in the League. So many commiserations to them, but well done on a well played match.

Well, what can we say about Wroxall ‘A’ that we haven’t all ready said, seven matches and seven wins, simply outstanding! Well done to you all, what a way to go into the mid-season and Christmas/New Year break – firmly ensconced at top of Division 3. Congratulations and keep it up next year!

Meanwhile, once again as in our previous report, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful & prosperous New Year- HO! HO! HO!

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Wroxall B Walk Away with their First Win!!

Posted by on Dec 5, 2017 in General News, Match Reports | 0 comments

Wroxall ‘B’ earned their first well deserved win of the season this Monday 4th December, when they played Vectis ‘B’ away at Cowes Enterprise College.

It wasn’t an easy match by any means as seven of the sets went to the full three games with some very close scores.

There was a slight change in line up for Wroxall this evening as Trevor ‘Three Games’ Duffield was busy tickling his tonsils in a singing gig with his choir. So in his place in steps club stalwart Colin Lovegrove and doing a fine job too winning all three of his sets.

The 1st set didn’t start well for Wroxall with Harry Rann & Callie Hatcher losing the first game 21-16, pulled one back in the second at 17-21, but lost in the third 21-11 to put Vectis ahead 1-0.

Set 2 proved to be no better for the Wroxall pair of Simon Jilley & Gill Osborne as Vectis emerged 21-17, 21-14 winners of both games to put them further ahead in the match at 2-0.

The 3rd set, however, proved to be a different kettle of fish for Wroxall, with Colin Lovegrove & Jenny Gardner having a real humdinger of a game eventually winning by a close 24-26, they swiftly followed that up with another close one, but once again came out victorious at 19-21; to give Wroxall their first set of the evening. Match score now 2-1.

Set number 4 featuring Harry Rann & Simon Jilley saw a little bit of excitement as, after losing the first game 21-16 to Vectis, part way through the second game Harry & Simon accidentally clashed racquets and having sustained minor damage in last week’s match Harry’s racquet promptly broke all the way through; forcing him to switch to his alternate one. This seemed to benefit Harry somewhat as he and Simon took the second game all the way to a 24-26 win. Unfortunately they couldn’t carry this through to the third and lost that one 21-18. Vectis now lead by 3-1.

However a sea change was about to occur in Wroxall’s fortunes and it started in the 5th set with Callie Hatcher & Gill ‘Tiger’ Osborne. After losing the first game 21-13 they quickly rallied and fought back in the second to win 17-21 and followed that on with a win in third at 11-21 to now put the match score 3-2.

Hot on their heels was Harry Rann & Colin Lovegrove in the 6th set, keen to see what they could do as well. What they could do was win the first game 18-21, dropped the pace a little in the second to lose 23-21, pull themselves together in third and win that one 16-21 and bring Wroxall level with Vectis at 3-3!

This turnaround was maintained in set number 7 with Callie Hatcher & Jenny Gardner on court next. Like the previous set Callie & Jenny won the first game 17-21 dropped the second one 21-15, but pulled it back in the third to win 19-21 to now put Wroxall ahead for the first time in the match and the season with the score 3-4 in Wroxall’s favour and just one more set needed for their first match win, could they do it?

The 8th set, which would answer this question, also saw a three gamer with Simon Jilley & Colin Lovegrove playing next. The first game was a really hard fought one with Simon & Colin taking it to 22-20. However, they pulled it back in the second to win 18-21 and carried the momentum through into the third to win that one too at 13-21 and give Wroxall the match at 5-3!

Set number 9 was something of an anti-climax after the previous sets as Gill Osborne & Jenny Gardner were unable to emulate their team mates, losing the final set in two straight games 21-11, 21-18 to leave the final match score 4-5 to Wroxall.

It was an enthralling and exciting night of badminton and commiserations to Vectis ‘B’ who played some great games and made it a really difficult evening for their opponents. But huge congratulations to Wroxall ‘B’, who finally get their long awaited but well deserved first win, we all knew you could do it. Let’s hope you can keep the impetus up after the mid season Christmas/New Year break. Way to go Wroxall ‘B’!

Hope you all have a Merry Christmas and peaceful & prosperous New Year.

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Wroxall ‘A’ Thunder on with Sixth Win in a Row

Posted by on Dec 3, 2017 in General News, Match Reports | 0 comments

Wroxall ‘A’ continued their unbeaten run at the top of Division 3 with an emphatic win over Newport ‘B’ at their away match on Thursday 30th November at the Drill Hall.

Wroxall knew that they needed not just a win, but a win by a clear margin, in order to stay well ahead of their 2nd in the League rivals Cowes ‘A’ who enjoyed a decisive victory over Wroxall ‘B’ earlier in the week.

There was a slight change in line up for Wroxall this week as; Sarah Mcwilliam was unwell and therefore unavailable. Instead Wroxall ‘B’s first lady Callie Hatcher was brought in to fulfil Sarah’s role within the ‘A’ side.

Wroxall started out well with no.1 mixed pair Carl Freeman & Callie Hatcher facing stiff competition in the 1st set, but considering it was their first time playing together in a League match, they quickly found their rhythm and won two successive games 18-21,18-21 to put Wroxall 0-1 ahead in the match.

Set 2 saw Roy Freeman & Vanessa Allen up next and they too, put in an equally impressive performance to also win the first game by 15-21 margin and the second by an even larger 5-21 result. Match score was now 0-2 to Wroxall.

The 3rd set featured Clayton Simpson & Linda Lucas, who took a slightly more circuitous route to achieve the same result as their team mates; winning the first game by a comfortable 10-21, but faced a fight back by Newport in the second who, after a hard fought game, won 23-21. However they couldn’t carry that over to the third where, Clayton & Linda gained victory with an 11-21 result to give Wroxall a 0-3 lead for the match.

Set 4 was a different kettle of fish as, son & father team of Carl & Roy Freeman showed just what an effective team they can be as they demolished their Newport opponents with an impressive 5-21, 6-21 victory to put Wroxall within one set of a match win with the score line now 0-4!

They would, however, have to wait at least one more set for that all important winning set, as Newport ‘B’ fought back in the 5th. But Wroxall pair Linda Lucas & Vanessa Allen were not going to make it easy for them by any means, the first game being a titanic battle between the two teams, with neither side giving an inch leaving everyone breathless with an eventual 27-25 result for Newport. The second game was more restrained, this time with Linda & Vanessa emerging 15-21 victors, but not able to maintain the momentum gained in the third and this too, went to Newport 21-12. Newport had pulled one back with match score now at 1-4.

Set 6 was yet another change in pace to the previous set as Wroxall men’s pair Carl Freeman and Clayton Simpson went on court determined to secure the winning set for their team. The Wroxall pair managed to do this fairly comfortably, with yet another two game decider at 11-21 and 13-21 respectively, the sixth and deciding set was theirs with score and match win at 1-5 to Wroxall.

The 7th set didn’t prove to be so easy for Linda Lucas & Callie Hatcher and they were taken by surprise in the first game with a 21-14 win to the home side. However, they pulled up their big girl pants and turned the tables on their Newport rivals by winning the second game 14-21 and carried that momentum on into the third by winning that 17-21 to put Wroxall further ahead at 1-6 in the match. The more sets they won at this point the further they would remain ahead of Cowes ‘A’.

Wroxall added to the all important set tally in set 8 where, the final men’s pair of Roy Freeman & Clayton Simpson put on an as impressive display as Carl & Roy did in set 4. Winning very decisively in two straight games with an extremely comfortable and consistent 8-21, 8-21 outcome in their favour; now bringing the match score to 1-7 to Wroxall.

The final and 9th set saw Newport determined to get at least one more win out of this evening’s competition and despite the best efforts of Vanessa Allen and Callie Hatcher, that’s exactly what they did. Despite some strong rallies and nifty returns the Wroxall pair lost in two games 21-17, 21-19 to give Newport ‘B’ the last set of the evening. But overall victory was theirs and more importantly a good number of sets to add to their all ready impressive tally so far this season.

Commiserations to Newport ‘B’ who, despite the final score line and some of the game results, played inspired and spirited badminton. Unfortunately, they like all those who came before them, were up against a team who, at the moment, seem unbeatable and determined to stay at the top of Division 3. Whether this will continue on for the rest of the season only time will tell.

Many congratulations to the ‘A’ team for yet another superb win and kudos for maintaining that gap at the top of the League between yourselves and Cowes ‘A’. Let’s hope you can keep it going in your next match!

Talking of next matches, there is something of a dilemma this Monday 4th December as both the ‘A’ and the ‘B’ teams are both in action, so you will have to decide which team you will go and cheer on. Wroxall ‘A’ is at home to Cowes ‘B’ at the Wroxall Community Centre starting at the traditional time of 7:00pm and Wroxall ‘B’ is (obviously) away to Vectis B’ at Cowes Enterprise College, also starting at 7:00pm. So pick your poison and cheer away!

p.s. I will post an updated League table when the result from Friday’s match of Freshwater’ E’ v Cowes ‘B’ comes in and the table is updated on the Isle of Wight Badminton site.

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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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