Ladies over 40’s Inter County Match Report

The women’s over 40 team played the first matches of their group at Club Kingswood on a sunny Sunday in October.

The ladies had a tough morning against a very strong Hertfordshire – losing all their matches, however Jackie Gregory, Dawn White and Colleen Campbell all played well and managed to pick up a game giving Essex a few much needed points for the league.

Jackie Gregory v Maureen Morrison 0/3
Lisa Tolhurst v Isobel Smith 0/3
Dawn White v Sheila Blake 1/3
Kerry Munn v Libby Montgomerie 0/3
Colleen Campbell v Laura Taylor 1/3

Essex 3 points
Hertfordshire 20 points

Undaunted, the ladies approached the afternoon match against Sussex with renewed enthusiasm.

Colleen Campbell played impressively and beat her opponent 3-1 – 9/7 in the 4th game. At the same time Dawn White lost on the adjacent court 0-3. Jackie Gregory was next and was pleased to pick up a game from former professional player Zoe Shardlow. Kerry Munn had a heart-stopping match against Katica Robertson. She had a bad start going 2-0 down but after advice and a pep talk from her fellow team members pulled it back to 2-2. She went 8-3 up in the 5th game but Katica managed to summon some more energy and pulled it back to 8-8. Kerry called 2 points and finally managed to get the vital winning points to finish the match 10-9 in the fifth.

This left Lisa to play the critical last rubber as it was now standing at 2 matches each. Unfortunately a tough match in the morning and a long night shift meant Lisa was physically unable to overpower her opponent but did pick up a well-earned game.

Jackie Gregory v Zoe Shardlow 1-3
Lisa Tolhurst v Sarah Naish 1-3
Dawn White v Wendy Griffiths-Simpson 0-3
Kerry Munn v Katica Robertson 3-2
Colleen Campbell v Sharon Rowe 3-1

Essex 8 points
Sussex 17 points

The team is now looking ahead to their final match against Surrey in January, which will once again be hosted at Club Kingswood.

New girl, Michelle Higgins, will be making her debut, which will hopefully give more strength and depth to the team.

Report by Kerry Munn, women’s over 40s captain