Leamington Aces Match Reports by Kate Hughes.
Colebridge Aces took on St George’s A in a close and tense match, with St George’s only able to field two players due to one player having a long term injury things looked ominous for the hosts. The first match involved Kate Hughes against Damon Fenton. Damon was in control of the first game leading 7-2, until Kate fought back to win at deuce who then also won the second game to go 2-0 up. However, Damon showed determination to fight back to win the next three ends taking the match 3-2, leaving Hughes rueing a missed opportunity to extend her 100% start to the season. Next up was Sarra Wang and Earl Sweeney. Again the match was exceptionally close, Sarra pulling back from 6-10 down in the fifth only to lose 13-11, despite having a match point of her own. Micky Browne had an equally close match with Damon, and even managed to take off his ‘blue jumper’ after two sets, however, lost out in five sets again. The Aces were 3-0 down, and the overall outcome was not looking good! However, fortunes started to change a little and go in the Aces favour. Kate fought hard in five to beat Earl, with a little luck at 6-5 in the fifth. Mike and Sarra continued the team’s success beating Earl and Damon respectively, and teamed up to win the doubles. Every match played went to the deciding 5th end. The Aces can count themselves lucky to come out with 7-3 victory!
The Aces, with Ian Ferguson back in the team, played WCC A on Monday 15th October. The match started with Ian beating Pat McCabe 11-7, 11-7, 12-10. Kate then played new Leamington player Russell Duncan, having yet another close match, eventually winning 12-10 in the fifth. Mike Browne beat Phil Paine in 4 sets. The Aces continued to dominate the match, with Ian and Mike winning the doubles, and both winning their three singles! The last match of the evening was Kate against Pat McCabe. A topsy-turvy game for Kate, leading the second end, only to lose 9-11, winning the third more easily, and then losing the 4th , having lost her patience and concentration against a steady defensive player. However, an overall 9-1 win was still pleasing for the team.