Wow. Wow. Wow.
That was a quite a match. Our intrepid warriors combined forces, boy/girl, boy /girl, boy /girl to face the mighty GU Staff team that were visiting the sunny climes of the Cardross riviera
It’s the same format as a league match. 3 couples playing 3 sets with the first to get 5 in the bank the winners. Sounds easy doesn’t it?
Seemed very easy when it was just over half way through the night. Jamie & Carolyn at first were in a great game. They both appeared to be be playing brilliantly and secured the first set for the home team. Euan & KT were 4-1 up and Happy Gould and Cazza McD had taken the first set. All in the garden was rosy.
Just as the President was reaching for a celebratory slim panatella it all started to fall apart like an ASDA shirt…..
KT & Euan got clawed back and the first set slipped away 5-7 and the 2nd set slipped away 4-6 as well. Happy & Cazza tucked away set 2 but were in a war in set 3 and Jamie & Carolyn continued to play brilliantly and won the 2nd set.
So we had 4 sets in the bag and things were looking good but they were seriously tight sets. It’s fine we thought. KT & Euan put their foot on the gas and were 5-2 up. The other two matches were very tight final sets which could go either way. But we’d be fine right? 5-2 is fine right?
Jamie & Caroline got edged on a tie break in set 3. There couldn’t be many complaints really. Whitewashing the first couple would have been very harsh given the standard of play on show. 4-3 Cardross with 2 sets still active.
KT & Euan had a chance to serve it out. The GU lady had worked out the 20mph serve and was very adept at rifling it right back to where it started.
Suddenly it was 5-5 in this set and down in Happy Valley Happy & Cazza were a set point down. 6-6 5-6 on the tie break when they found some inner strength to save the set and then hit some great shots to see them through 8-6 on the tie break to complete a three set victory.
So that was us. We were home and dry. Word hadn’t quite filtered through to the faraway court 2 and the relief of our warriors was palpable when they got word we had 5 sets banked. The final set slipped away and a 5-4 victory was the final outcome. I’m not sure the players knew how close we had come to defeat with the set point that Happy saved by tenderly shouting at Caroline to ‘ LEAVE IT’ when she was just about to play a patented shoulder high baseline volley.
This was a great match and a great victory. Well done to all. The assembled masses really enjoyed it……
Next up is the semi final on the 1st August.