Swanage’s mixed teams have made a confident start to the summer season.
The Mixed 1 team hosted familiar rivals Virgin Active at home on Saturday knowing that they would have to put up a fight to gain points from this meeting. Jo Kiddell and Andy Mutter fought hard to gain the first set from a fresh faced and ambitious first pair who then took the second. It was 6:4, 4:6 and so a match tie-break was to decide the fate of this rubber. The more experienced Swanage pair took control and claimed the first win.
Jo and Andy, buoyant from their win went on to dominate their second match: winning 6:2, 6:2.
Swanage’s second pair, Meg Mutter and Mike Angell had a tricky start to the morning and failed to get a foothold in their first match which they lost 1;6, 1;6. This defeat seemed to make the pair determined to prove their calibre and they raised their games a notch or two as their dictated play in their second match, winning 6:3, 6:4.
The Mixed 2 team travelled all the way to Shaftesbury on Sunday morning to face a another youthful team. Sam Christmas and Graham Ward managed to gain a swift and certain victory over Shaftesbury’s first pair, 6:0, 6:0 and were challenged slightly more in their second, winning 6:1, 6:3
Meanwhile on Court 2 , Helen Knight and Jamie McDonald were engaged in a game for game battle. The Swanage pair claimed the first set 7:5 and seemed to be cruising to victory in the second as they went up 3:0. Shaftesbury, determined to gain something from the meeting, fought back but Swanage eventually sealed victory at 6:4.
It was the same morning as the London Marathon and Jamie and Helen were facing something similar as they then went straight into another point by point, deuce laden match. The Shaftesbury first pair seemed to find their game and after each team securing a set, the match tie-break saw Shaftesbury claiming their only rubber.
Both Mixed matches saw Swanage triumphant by 3 – 1 rubbers.