On Monday 20th October, Aces played Free Church B. Both team captains Kate Hughes and Jeff Harris had a chuckle at the start, hoping for a slightly earlier finish compared to last year's 11.15pm finish! Aces captain Hughes started the match off beating Jeff Harris 11-5, 11-6, 8-11, 11-5. This was followed by Ben Willson overcoming Sam Wiggins 11-7, 11-5, 11-3. Wiggins could not cope with the Willson serves! Due to Mike Rinnhofer arriving slightly late, Hughes then played Warwickshire Junior Sam Weaving, who had been representing Lillington over the recent weekend in the Junior British League competition. Hughes started well winning 11-5, 11-6 only to lose the third end 9-11. However, Kate refocused in the 4th, storming to a 11-4 win. The match between Hughes and Weaving had some excellent rallies; Weaving retrieving lots of balls from all over the table. Willson was next up against Jeff Harris, where he was the victor 3-0. Kate then played Sam Wiggins, winning 3-1 (losing the third set again!). Mike Rinnhofer certainly got his money's worth in his first two matches, having a long battle against Sam Weaving in his first match. With the game taking over half an hour, Mike came out on top (just!!) 7-11, 16-14, 11-5, 8-11, 11-9. This was then followed by another 5-set battle against Sam Wiggins which Mike narrowly lost, 10-12, 12-10, 12-10, 7-11, 13-15- taking the overall match score to 6-1 to the Aces. For the second time in two matches Hughes and Willson teamed up for the doubles; this time a more consistent performance 11-7, 11-7, 11-9 against Wiggins and Harris. Willson continued to make life difficult for the Free Church Juniors beating Sam Weaving 3-1, followed by Rinnhofer ending the night with a 3-1 win against Jeff Harris. The score line ended 9-1 to Aces, and a slightly earlier finish of 10.45pm! Resident umpire Inky Moss came down to score throughout the evening, despite having been away all weekend umpiring at Junior British League.
So far the Aces have recorded 46/50 points. Thank you to all player who have represented the team so far.
Singles averages so far....
Ian Ferguson 9/9; Willson 11/12; Hughes 13/15; Rinnhofer 8/9.
Doubles: Hughes & Ferguson 2/2; Hughes & Willson 2/2; Willson & Rinnhofer 1/1
Kate Hughes (Aces Team Captain): 21st October 2014.