Mixed Fortunes for Ladies 2nd Team
Winchester's Sigvaris sponsored Ladies second team encountered mixed fortunes in their final two games of the season, overwhelming Lee-on-Solent second team before being edged out by a strong Petersfield first team.
To demonstrate their strength in depth, Winchester put out two completely different teams for the two matches! Against Lee, Carol Stone was first on court against Lou-Lou McGuire and, in her usual energetic style, ran down every ball to record a comfortable 3-0 win.
Mandy Dempster (pictured) then found herself embroiled in a tight encounter with the experienced Gwen Isaacs. In a match which swung first one way and then the other, Dempster's positive play, typified by solid drives and delicate drop shots, enabled her to run out the winner in four close games to secure overall team victory for Winchester.
With the pressure off, no.1 Georgina Newham, just back from injury, was able to ease herself back into the swing of things, and she soon found her rhythm, overcoming Chris Howells in straight games to cruise home for the loss of just eight points.
Against Petersfield, the evening got off to a promising start when, in a nerveless performance, Nicolette Meyer calmly contained Caroline Hartley to win in straight games, despite her opponent's determined efforts to gain something from the match.
Junior Erin Walker was up next against seasoned campaigner Jess Warman. Walker showed impressive resilience to stay in contention against Warman's attacking game, fighting back tenaciously from a 0-2 deficit. In a humdinger of a third game Walker narrowly missed out on the chance to stage a comeback, holding a string of game points before just being edged out 9-10.
With the match finely balanced, no. 1 Julie Amies found herself up against Petersfield's in-form Selina Russell, unbeaten in the Hampshire league since the turn of the year. Amies set about the task with her trademark Yorkshire grit and determination, claiming a hard fought first game 9-7. But Russell's accurate play and all court coverage proved too much in the end, allowing her to take the next three games and so claim the winning points for her team.
Nonetheless a solid finish to the season for the ladies allowing them to finish comfortably placed in mid-table in Division 2 of the Hampshire League.