The Ladies 3rd team have played 2 games already. Capt Gwen employing the ‘ you snooze you lose’ tactics and after a hard winter pre season our Ladies came out firing.
First up was a home match against the Ladies from Uplawmoor.
After the obligatory ‘ Uplawmoor? Where even is that?’ questions from the players and supporters it was down to business.
( FYI – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uplawmoor)
Capt Gwen led the line along with Tracy at first couple. Turned out to be a very good quality match with some excellent serving and volleying from the Uplawmoor team that saw them take the first sets 6-3 6-2. The general feeling on the sidelines was that we weren’t going to get anything from this rubber.
What do we know? Gwen & Tracy dug deep.
They took the last set 6-3. A great turnaround by the ladies.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Every single set counts come August time so these are incredibly important. Well done
Second couple but aboard the ‘show court’ in a break from tradition were Lisa Fowler & Sara Sullivan. Lisa & Sara had too much firepower for the Uplawmoor duo and ran out 6-1 6-0 6-1 winners. Some great shots in this match and it did seem closer than the scoreline indicated.
Down on the darklands of Court 3 were Danielle & Elaine. They had formed a potent partnership last year and just picked up where they left off. A 6-3 6-1 6-1 victory was very efficient and business like. Great job.
There was also a lovely double rainbow but our Ladies didn’t ‘bungle’ the match.( See what I’ve done there? 😉 )
Next up was a road trip to the mean streets of Lenzie. Hopes were high of a delicate match tea in this part of the world. Bone china was a certainty.
At 1st couple Capt Gwen paired with Lisa this time and had too much cunning and tactics for the Lenzie partnership. 6-3 6-2 7-6 was a great start to the match with 3 sets in the bag. The last set was titanic but our Ladies held on…
At 2nd couple Sara & Danielle who were both victorious in different pairs last week looked a formidable force. They took the first set on a tie break but then the Lenzie team found their range and took the next sets 6-3 7-5. This felt like one ‘against the darts’ for the Cardross team but still ahead in the match 4-2 going to the last couple’s match.
The 3rd couple Elaine & Natasha didn’t do things the easy way thats for sure. A marathon first set they stole on a tie break before losing the second set 6-3 to set up a decider.
Another marathon for Natasha in what I believe to be her first match. The match tea quince jelly would be getting warm and the Celeriac emulsion losing its texture by the time this game finished.
But the team didn’t care about that when the result went their way 7-6 in the decider.
A strong 6-3 away win and the team are in great shape after two matches with 13 sets in the bag.