Ladies Winter County Cup 2016
The CI ladies came away with no wins, but left with their heads held high after gaining huge experience from competing at this level.
This was always going to be a tough ask for a very young CI team, with the average age of 17, including 4 debutants.
Day 1 was a tough one, as the team had been delayed en-route by a bird strike to the incoming plane and didn’t arrive at Wrexham until the following afternoon and had to play straight away after arriving. However there were great performances all around, with a victory for Lauren Barker 6-4 6-3. Also a fantastic performance from Eleanor Johnson at No.3 going down 4-6 6-4 4-6. In the doubles Antonija Sokic and Natasha Forrest took their No.1 pair all the way, just missing out in the deciding championship tiebreak 10-5. The team eventually lost 8-1.
Day 2 was against the best team in the division, North Wales, who had 3 nationally ranked players. Great performances from Antonija Sokic and Lauren Barker were the highlights who both gave gutsy performances and again just missing out. Experience from North Wales told in all matches as vital points going their way. A 9-0 defeat.
Day 3 was the best competitive day for all players, as they all were acclimatised by now and showing that they weren’t just there to make up the numbers. The opponents were Oxfordshire, who fielding a 1.2 rated player, who Antonija Sokic gave her a real test going down 6-1 6-2. Lauren Smeed put a sterling display in at no.4 losing 6-2 7-5. In the doubles the 2 Laurens teamed up and went all the way going down in the deciding championship tiebreak 2-6 6-4 (10-4). Antonija and Natasha again showed what potential there is in this young team when they won more games against Oxford’s no.1 pair than any other pair that week, losing 6-4 6-1. Katie Inder put in a great performance in the 1st set of her singles going down 6-4 6-1. A 9-0 defeat.
Although no team wins, this group of ladies did so well to compete and showed that with more match play under their belts, those tight points they were losing at critical times will start turning into victories of that I’m sure.