Steady starts for Windsor tennis teams
4:01pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in Sport
THEY say if you can’t stand the heat, you should get out of the Cymru Kitchens, but Penarth Windsor Tennis Club have found it perfectly temperate so far.
Despite not being able to field their strongest sides in the first couple of weeks, both the men's and ladies’ teams have made very steady starts.
Last weekend the men’s first team took on Rhiwbina and some pretty intense rain. Remarkably, there was only a brief weather-induced interval as Jason Richards, Dan James, Matt Holmes and top-team debutant Will Marsh agreed to brave the elements with their hosts and competitors. Dan and Jason earned the two rubbers to give Windsor a draw, while Matt and Will gained some valuable experience. For talented junior Will, especially, it will put him in good stead for when he inevitably returns to tennis at that level.
The ladies’ firsts were altogether more sensible and played in the morning before the rains descended. Also in Rhiwbina, their 10am fixture ended in the 2-2 scoreline, with Nicky Davies and Nicky Ritchie sharing the spoils as did Lowri Hughes and Michelle Lewis.
The men’s second team were in fine fettle on Sunday morning with no ill-effects of the previous night’s annual club dinner on show against local rivals Penarth Rectory. First pair Guy Bradley and Tim Dawes were so impervious to the metaphorical heat of the kitchen that they may even have had metaphorical jackets on. With an ice cool nerve, they won a third set tie break before also winning a close second rubber. It was a match that really could have gone either way, with Tom Bellingham and Dan Pitt also winning a third set tie break to give Windsor a 3-1 win that could so easily have been a 3-1 defeat.