Combined 1 v Beaverhill - (H) - 10/11/14

Ranmoor Combined 1 team arrived to face Beaverhill on Monday night, in another double-header for the club which saw Combined 2 also in action. With regulars Lesley and Mark absent, it was a first team debut for both Aparna and Rob. Helen and Aparna started things off in the level matches, edging the first end to 20, narrowly missing out in the second 23-21, and sadly losing the third to 16 in what was a hostile game - thanks to Dave H for stepping in as a scorer. Meanwhile, Sam and Rob faced the first men’s pair and despite some excellent long rallies lost out in two ends to 19 and13. Karen and Helen played in another 3 ender for Ranmoor, which again ended in a loss, in a frustrating game. Rich and Rob rescued a point for Ranmoor in the final level match, comfortably winning to 17 and 19 - well played Rob! 3-1 to Beaverhill going in to the mixed matches.

Aparna and Sam proved a good pairing, winning their first competitive match with each other in a tense and competitive 3 ender. Meanwhile, Karen and Rich put their recent defeats away at Paces behind them taking both points in their mixed games - winning the first one comfortably to 8 and 9, and in the final 3 ender of the night overcoming a loss in the first end to take the second point - 20-22, 21-11, 71-7. Rob and Helen - another new pairing on the night - played well together in a good game, losing out to 12 and 18. With honours even at 4-4 it was left to Captain Sam and Aparna to seal the match, which they did in style to 15 and 14, with Sam’s serve on match point directed with pinpoint accuracy to the outer corner of the box (see photo!). Aparna took the ‘man of the match’ award from Sam for her performance on the night - well done Aparna!

So with two wins and two losses under our belts, it’s a long wait til the next fixture in the New Year…..not sure if I can wait that long for more of Sam’s mum’s baking (chocolate fridge cake and lemon cake - mmmm!). The team celebrated with a ‘High School Musical’ style team photo, with Rich taking the prize for best mid-air pose.