Somewhere over the rainbow... Sax Ladies 2nd team smash it!
A rainbow, wind, bright sun, rain and two noisy helicopters overhead witnessed our Ladies 2nd team secure a comfortable 6-3 home win against Stowmarket on Wednesday 28th July.
Sax and Stowmarket Ladies 2nd teams, L-R Saxmundham: Jo, Jennie, Barbara, Fran, Fiona; Stowmarket: Anna, mother and daughter team Angela and Annabel, and Stowmarket Tennis Club Chairman and team captain Sally (Magda and Claire not pictured). Photo taken by Nicky.
Our teams on the night were Nicky and Barbara (the latter heroically stepping in at the last minute, not that she had much choice), Fran and Fiona - now renowned across IP17 as the Indomitable Duo - and Jennie and Jo, with Jennie's trademark unstoppability out in full force, and Jo generously hitting several overhead lobs to Theberton.
It was a great evening, full of friendly sporting camaraderie, with all games played in excellent spirit, plus some really entertaining games, and a few very thrilling rallies. It was a good team win for Sax, but it didn't come without a fair few battles, demonstrating yet again the sheer stamina, skill and staying power of our Ladies 2nd team.
Yes, the scores on the doors say a lot (see below). But what they don't reveal is how much fun it was, and how delicious Jennie's homemade carrot cake was. (Perhaps match forms should accommodate things like this? And a rating system?)
Throughout the evening - for the full three hours! - we were kindly spurred on by club member Fran, sporting a very warm coat and turning increasingly blue in the chilly July evening. His epic spectating skills were duly rewarded with some thrilling games and a post-match slice of cake.
The Sax Ladies' 2nd team's journey continues on 13th August with the Stowmarket away date.
Thanks go to Nicky for wrangling us all so deftly, and encouraging us to simply get out, play, and have fun.
L-R: Barbara, Fran (lady), Jennie, Fran (man), Jo and Fiona and a minuscule piece of remaining cake. Photo: Nicky.
Here come the girls. Rainbows, bright evening sunlight, rain, and wind all came out to test our mettle throughout the three hours' play.
The scores on the doors: a great all-round effort from both teams and a very fun evening.