A report by captain Liz Stringer …….
The weather forecast was ominous after a four day period of blue skies, sun and warmth (sorry La Manga girls but even Julie Hunter is sporting a tan……well, more freckles). The day, as predicted, started off rainy and miserable. Back to the England that we all know and love. By midday, however, even the glass half empty people were thinking that we would be playing in dry conditions. Wrong! No sooner had we set foot on court but we were experiencing that heavy drizzle that makes for heavy balls, steamed up rain splattered glasses and the regret that one had not brought a change of clothes.
The opponents were Ryecroft, an unknown quantity, but at least we had home advantage. The first rubbers were won by both Hoylake pairs. Liz Towersey and Cath Saunders looked as though they had been playing together for years. They complemented each other well and took the first set easily only for Ryecroft to come back to win the second set on a tie break. Despite the fact that it is a veterans tournament a full third set has to be played. Liz and Cath made short work of it, winning 6-1.
Julie Hunter partnered Liz Stringer, only having once played together in a match. They also won their first round, coming back from 5-2 down in the second set to win it 7-5 having won the first. So, 2 rubbers up going into the final round.
Alan T kindly microwaved the sodden balls from the first pairing’s match so that they were as good as new. Well…..3 were, one did get a little burnt but we now know to lower power settings and time for the next occasion. Ryecroft refused dry balls against Liz S and Julie for the next rubber so crafty Julie honed her drop shot skills and contributed massively to a quick win against the 2nd pair. A hard fought first set for Liz T and Cath saw them just lose in a tie break and then conceding as Hoylake were now victorious and Ryecroft were eager to get back; although not that eager that they didn’t have time for tea!
Well done to all who stepped up to the plate (which means we’re not in the plate) whilst those who shall remain nameless were sunning themselves in La Manga!