9U Brooklands vs Hoole Summer League
By Angela Cuddy
Well earned team win...
Not quite as sunny as last week, our team warmed up together in good spirits. Andrew had stepped in for us at the last minute after poor Sasha had sprained her ankle a few days prior, so we fielded our team with Andrew, Gabriel, Elijah & Thomas.
The first round of singles had us split, 2 rubbers each. Andrew had a marathon 3 set match, playing some great tennis, he's not played orange this season at all but you really couldn't tell, we were very grateful that he stepped in for us.
The second round saw us inch ahead, winning 3 more rubbers, most notable being Gabriel's hard fought win over James. Gabriel has faced James before and come off worse but today he pulled out all the stops, great tennis, you could see how much it meant to him.
So we were 5-3 up, we needed 1 win out of the doubles to seal it.
It looked like Andrew and Gabriel were going to do the job quickly, winning the first set 7-1 but Hoole dug deep and claimed the next 2 sets. Elijah and Thomas had won their first set and had match point in the second, but they lost it after a monster battle 14-16!! It was all looking like it wasn't to be Brooklands' day until Elijah and Thomas kicked up a gear and clinched the third set 7-2. It was all very nail biting, a well deserved win for our mini oranges!!