Mens 1 v Grenhilheg (A) - 6/3/13

After a near 2 month break from matches, due to scheduling and weather interruptions, Mens 1 returned to action looking to bounce back from their only defeat of the season with a win against Grenhilheg, who had been beaten 6-3 at our place earlier in the season.  The match was played on 3 courts throughout, fortunately given the 2 hour time slot for the match.

The oppositions first pair had proven difficult to beat last time out and a tense thriller developed early on between them & our top pair of Dave H & Rich W with the home pair winning the first end to 18 before our guys bounced back in the second winning to 16 but couldn't quite take the final end, losing to 19 with a bit of needle giving the game an extra edge.  Next up against this strong pair was Sam & Ravi who played some good badminton but couldn't quite get over the line in losing 14 & 16 with some tight calls going the way of the home side.  Finally Dave W & Andy took the home pair on and again kept themselves in the hunt but couldn't get the win either in losing to 16 in each end.

The other pairs were a different proposition for our boys with the 2nd pair being beaten 14 & 19 by Dave W & Andy, keeping it interesting all the way in the second by being 4 points down at 17-13 near the end.  Rich W & Dave H were still recovering from the adrenaline of their first game but came round enough to win 19 & 13 in the end.  Last up for this pair was Sam & Ravi who took the first game to 12 before having one of those games to forget as they lost to 9 & then bouncing back once more to win to 13.

The 3rd pair showed the only change from our previous match with one of the opposition pair being new to us.  Sam & Ravi had taken them on first winning a tight first end to 19 before getting going more in the second in winning to 13.  Dave W & Andy never managed to get away from the opponents when they took this pair on but managed to win the 1st end to 18 before a tight 2nd end saw the game swing back & forth all the way to the end, 5-0 to the home side turned to 15-15 late on before a mix up at 20-19 up saw Andy & Dave almost leave a simple put away to each other and the opposition then went game point up before our boys rallied to win 23-21.  The final match for this pair saw Dave H & Rich W getting into their stride as they won 15 & 14 to wrap up another win.

So a final score of 6-3 saw us bounce back and sets up up nicely for the upcoming visit of undefeated Jaguar 1 on Monday.  With 4 games left (2 against Jaguar 1) we are looking to continue our push towards division 1 for next season and still have a chance of back to back divisional titles.