Newcastle Under 14 girls played their first away match on Saturday 9th May 2015. The destination was Cloughey Tennis Club. So bright and early on Saturday morning the team of Molly Crawford, Sinead Flanigan, Ellen Gorman and Amelia Burns set off. After a windy journey on the Strangford/Portaferry crossing, we reached our destination slightly earlier than the 11am fixture. Due to coaching at Cloughey, the girls were unable to warm up immediately so an improvised exercise routine was carried out on Cloughey Beach and sand dunes.
Eventually the matches got under way, with doubles being played first. Both pairings played well together and Newcastle won both matches. The girls were feeling buoyant if a little windswept. The singles matches commenced with Molly and Sinead playing first. The sun came through and the girls played well with some excellent shots executed. Both girls won so the pressure was now on Ellen and Amelia. They both stepped up to the mark, playing confidently and hitting the ball with gusto. Again, both girls won their singles so Newcastle came away very happy with a score of 6-0.
Cloughey Tennis Club provided much needed refreshments and juice. The camaraderie between both teams was great and some amusing tales were told. A big thank you to Cloughey for their hospitality and home baked goodies!
The journey home was chatty until larger than expected ice creams were purchased. Some quiet time ensued. Well done to the girls who represented the club in a very sporting manner.
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