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TENNIS - Apsley A team keep on winning

Apsley A team keep on winning……

A dedicated team of 8 forfeited the opportunity to watch our excellent finals day on Saturday to help the Apsley A team keep their 100% winning record.

A special mention goes to Sharon Wardle, Sam Fox and Mark Swinscoe who all filled in last minute, thank you for being so flexible, and a special mention to Judy Slaney who played in finals day earlier in the day - that’s commitment from our team!

So on a hot day, we ventured down to the tarmac and what appears to be sloping courts at Thornden School Club. Starting off with the mixed, Gill Christmas teamed up with Stuart Levy as our no 1’s and after a 2 hour tussle, lost a close 3/6 6/2 2/6. Next match taking almost as long saw Nicki Thornton and Mike Johnson winning their mixed in 3 sets 6/1 3/6 6/1 (not sure what we did in the second set….), but then Judy Slaney/Sam Fox didn’t waste any time, just losing 1 game, and Sharon Wardle/Mark Swinscoe did almost as well, only losing 3 games. So looking good at 3-1 after the mixed.

Judy and Sharon again showed their intention not to spend too long on court and wrapped their ladies up again just losing 1 game, unfortunately Gill/Nicki lost a hard fought match 6/4 6/3 which meant it was up to the men to bring the win home at 4-1.

Mark/Sam duly did that winning 6/4 6/4 before Stu/Mike finished the day off with a comfortable 6/1 6/1 win over the opponents no 1 men’s pair.

Overall a 6-2 win, but some hard fought tennis on a hot day at Thornden. Special thanks again for the whole team ‘s commitment playing the match instead of watching finals day, next year we’ll ensure we don’t have the fixture clash!!

Mike Johnson


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