9U Brooklands vs Bowden LTC Summer League
By Angela Cuddy
What an unexpected start to our brand new Orange Team!
This Orange team was brand new, only Gabriel had played a couple of orange team matches before so we really weren't expecting any sort of result against a strong Bowden team. Gabriel, Elijah & Thomas had all played in a football tournament in the morning and the red team tennis match a couple of hours ago, but they were full of energy as they warmed up, Dhanush slotted right in when he arrived, with a great energy and attitude.
We finished the fixture drawing 10-10 and there were 3 stand out matches for me...
Gabriel and Elijah's singles matches vs Bowden's number one seed, Ruby Senior... Wow, she brought out some of the best tennis that I've seen them both play. Both took her to a third set and both only losing their matches by 2 points! The perfect example of when you should be proud of yourself and your performance even though you didn't win.
Then there was Thomas & Dhanush's doubles win. Without it, we would have lost the fixture. Orange doubles has to be the most confusing for the kids. The lines are confusing (orange for serve, regular for the rest of the rally) and the serving swaps about every two points... Dhanush hadn't played any orange matches before this fixture and this was Thomas' first orange doubles match! There was great rallies, drama over line calls and long sets in this match, but our Brooky boys clinched it in the end, 7-5, 12-10.
Our captain totted up the sets and although we shared the points with a drawer, we go ahead in the league because we won 14 sets vs their 10!
Honestly, all us parents were beaming, these boys are amazing!! What a start to their orange team tennis story.