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Windsor Dazzlers

Following on the success of the under 14 boys’ teams, the Windsor Dazzlers U18s enjoyed a successful run to emerge as winners of their division at the end of the season. None of the boys dropped a match in their singles throughout and there was a sense of optimism in the team (Patrick Keane, Jakob Robb, Sam Caraher and Kiran Robbin) as they embarked on the next run to the Challenge trophy. The competition became increasingly tough as they progressed through the rounds but the under 18s showed themselves well able to meet each challenge.  Patrick continued to pummel his opponents with cross-court forehands, varying the angles until he managed to manoeuvre them onto Jakob’s court (he prefers his opponents playing from the adjacent court).  Jakob’s relentless baseline game took its toll on the opposition who had no answer to his depth and consistency. Sam succeeded in annoying his opponents into defeat with his use of clever angles, while the victims of Kiran’s forehand left the court picking out the yellow fluff from their front teeth…

Things began to get tough in the semi-final with CIYMS but Windsor pulled through with a 4 – 2 win. The final loomed against Ward Park and a very tense encounter in Bangor resulted in a 3 – 3 draw!  A tension-filled count-back of the games revealed a further draw of 33 games to 33 and a play-off of one set of doubles was agreed. A grimly determined Patrick and Jakob set off in the final battle for the trophy and were 5 – 1 up when the boys were called off court as torrential rain threatened to sweep them out of Bangor altogether.  Ward Park suggested continuing play on another day but Patrick and Jakob were having none of this. They simply put on their coats and trudged out in the blinding rain to get the job done with a 6 – 2 victory and sealed the trophy for Windsor!

Special thanks go to Simon and Przemek for their coaching expertise and great support throughout the season.

Lizanne Dowds