Holm View

Holm View Mixed C v Penarth B 08/01/2015

The mixed C team were without two of their regular men for what they all knew would be a tough mixed match against Penarth B at Western Leisure Centre. Being two men down meant Kevin Perry made another come back and Jack Elvis would make his debut.

Pairings were selected in the usual way! Mystic Meg was consulted, bones were tossed in the air, prayers were said, straws were drawn and finally the captain (Jenny) choose to pair up with the debutante Jack, Kev and Chris reformed the successful partnership of bygone years and Gemma got the short straw and was paired with Mike!

The first round of rubbers were keenly contested with all of the rubbers going to three games. Gemma and Mike won their first rubber, Jenny and Jack lost theirs and unfortunately, Holm View found themselves 2-1 down after Chris and Kev lost 25-23 in the third game of their rubber. Tough start!

Two of the next round of rubbers went to three games but critically Holm View had lost all three rubbers so the result of the match was now sealed as Penarth led 5-1 and to compound matters it felt like the someone had ramped up the thermostat in the centre!

However, never known to lay down and roll over the pairs steeled themselves for the final round! Jenny and Jack battled hard again but were not able to overcome their opponents. Gemma and Mike had a different idea when it came to Penarths number 1 pair. Have been roasted in the first game they showed great determination in the second game to claw their way back in to the rubber. With all to play for in the third game Gemma and Mike got off to a storming start and took the game to Penarth and sealed a well earned victory against very good young pair. Not to be outdone Chris and Kev were embroiled in their own battle and had also gone to 3 games and eventually pulling off a well earned win.

The final match result was 6-3 to Penarth. With 7 rubbers going to three games it could easily have been a lot closer! Special thanks to Jack who stepped in to play at the eleventh hour and to Gemma who made a 6-7 hour round trip to play the match. Now that is COMMITMENT! The match over it was left to Kev and Mike to carry out a full after match analysis in the usual way over a few Strongbows!

Mike Perry

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