Colston Ladies v Oxford Sports D, Saturday 7th February

Colston Ladies v Oxford Sports D, Saturday 7th February

Our match against Oxford Sports D was played at home in dull and chilly conditions. We all walked out on court looking like Michelin men with many layers which we promised each other we would definitely shed as we got going….Mmmmmm….took a while!
We knocked up in our four getting our eye in and gradually loosening cold muscles up. The opposition turned up and we were pleased to see they were as wrapped up as us! However we also recognised 3 out of the four from previous matches and knew we were going to have to play good tennis to keep in the game.
Anna and Emily M were our strong first pair and they took on the visiting second pair. Anna was directing her ground shots with accuracy and making gaps for Emily to place her trademark volleys into. The visiting second pair however were fast around the court and a few battles ensued. Anna and Emily are a formidable pair and were on form so after a while the two sets were in Colston’s bag at 6:3, 6:2.
Meanwhile Emillie D and I were fighting hard against the first pair. As a new pairing we were playing well together and Emillie’s tactical volleys were a pleasure to watch from my baseline position. Their first pair were canny players and very precise with their down the line shots. After a while I managed to intercept one (having observed a few whistle by my twitching racket!) and smack a feel good volley into the open court… cheers from all four of us as it had been so long coming! It was Emillie’s first outing as one of the ‘Colston Ladies’ but no one would have noticed by her tennis. Unfortunately we were outplayed and the two sets went to the persistent Oxford team 1:6, 2:6. So a draw at ‘half time’.
We changed opponents and all carried straight on to avoid seizing up. Anna and Emily M were well into their stride by now and although there were some good cross court rallies their combined height and Emily’s youthful long legs (even with bare ankles!) soon took the first set 6:2. This set the tone for the next set and with the smell of tea and cake spurring them on Anna and Emily took the last set 6:3.
Emillie D and I  were taking most of our games to deuce on our court and both sides were making good use of the tape on the net. Again Emillie was very efficient at the net with me racing along the baseline when needed. Unfortunately after some good ground shots and some demon volleys from all the players the sets went to the Oxford Sport ladies, 6:1, 6:3. It was good tennis though and I think we all enjoyed it without actually turning blue!
So, in the end, a draw after a couple of hours of very fresh air and we retired to the club house for curried parsnip soup piping hot from flasks, sausage rolls and homemade cakes…. We all decided that calories don’t count on cold days like today! Well played Colston Ladies!

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