Wellington Tennis Club’s youthful ‘C’ team gave the leaders of the West Somerset Tennis League Division 5 a real battle in their penultimate fixture of the season. The match ended in a dramatic draw with each team winning 5 sets and exactly 45 games which earned them both 5.5 points.
Fielding three teenagers, Wellington were more than a match for the hard-hitting Taunton School ‘B’ side. Their captain Mike Burns said, “We’ve not lost this season nor played such a close match. Wellington’s youngsters played extremely well. It was an excellent match.”
Harry Stafford and Georgie Simms won the first tie-break, lost the second but then managed to win the championship tie-break earning Wellington 2 set points.
First pair James Evans and Anna Kennedy also forced a championship tie-break but lost it. At this stage of the match it was 3 points apiece.
In the men’s doubles, Harry and James won 6-3, 7-5 but Anna and Georgie lost a close ladies’ doubles 3-6, 5-7. WTC Chair, Sue Rackley, said, “It was a super match to watch with parents supporting the players. I’m very proud that they fought so competitively and held their nerve. If exams and school commitments weren’t an issue, we could field them all more often.”
In the final ‘C’ team match of the season, Wellington defeated Hemyock ‘C’ 9 -0 with Ian Davies, Charles St George, Yaz Cannell and Jo Evans proving the more consistent players.
Sue said, “The players in ‘C’ team have improved this year. They’ve won 4, drawn 1 and lost 5. This team is for those who wish to experience competitive play – and the players vary each match with varying results. Overall, 13 different players have featured in this team.”