Colston Ladies v Brackley, Sunday 31st May 2015

Colston Ladies v Brackley, Sunday 31st May 2015

 We all drove to Colston through the rain wondering if our faith in the weather prediction was going to be false but as we warmed up the rain clouds drifted off leaving a pleasant afternoon to play our match against Brackley.
Jules (thank you for standing in last minute for an injured Karen) and Teresa started play against the Brackley first pair and maximising Jules’ height at the net and Teresa’s competent backhand confidently took the first set 6:4. They were playing well as they went into the second set however the match experienced Brackley pair regrouped, fought back and took the second set. So Jules and Teresa halved their first pair. Good tennis.
Helen and I started against the second pair and, after a warm up where Helen was cursing her serve, she unleashed some of her more devastating paced serves and we took the first set 6:2.  We continued into the second set and were relaxed and warmed up. My volleys were working and we were both running when we had to and after an enjoyable set we won 6:0.
The threatened rain clouds had passed over and so we quickly swapped courts to face our equivalent pairings. At this point Helen and I had a bit of a sugar dip (or absence of tennis accuracy!) and all of our previous cracking shots were just the wrong side of the line! In what seemed the flash of an eye we lost the first set 1:6! We critiqued our game and looked for solutions….. hit harder and all would be fine. After Brackley took the next three games we decided that wasn’t a good plan! Both of us were now getting cross (even behind her sunglasses I could tell Helen’s eyes were glinting fiercely!) and ‘crossness’ seemed to do the trick. We steadied up our game and traded shots while we worked out the spaces and suddenly the tables turned and we were on a roll. We had commitment in our shots and belief in what we were up to and the next four games came our way. Then we matched games up to 6:6.  Tie break to stay in it! At this point we had eaten enough of Helen’s sweets to be on a dynamic sugar high and we managed to get the 7 precious points. Straight into the third set of a previously agreed championship tie break (to ten points). Nothing really existed outside of the single court at this time and keeping score of the points. We kept our heads against a strong pair and although it seemed to take an age to get the last two points we were so pleased to win the tie break 10:5!
We paused briefly to watch the end of the battle between the second pairs and saw some amazing rallies. Both Jules and Teresa were strong at the net and had some very dependable ground strokes against the well matched Brackley duo. Most of the games went to deuce but the final score of 5:7, 5:7 doesn’t portray the effort exerted! An excellent standard of tennis.
We retired for tea of a mountain of delicious sandwiches and homemade cakes to try and work out the rubbers as a team game! We agreed on 2.5:1.5. So Colston were the winners in the end but Brackley should be pleased with how they played. Close match.
Well played ladies.
Carol

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