Junior British League 2nd Weekend - 21/22 January 2017

Girls struggle again after encouraging start

The Cippenham girls’ team, competing in Division 2, struggled again when the Junior British League came to its seasonal conclusion at Derby over the weekend. It was always going to be tough for a team missing its number one player, Jemma Walker.

However, the weekend got off to a promising start with what turned out to be the only victory of the season. Megan Ashfield and Jasmine Williams both produced impressive displays, winning all their matches, as Cippenham won 4-2 against Ashford Brunswick. Jasmine did very well to win the final set against Federica Bonato from 2-1 down to secure maximum points for her side.

Unfortunately, that was as good as it got for Cippenham who lost all of their other four matches. Megan secured a consolation win against Lucy Johnston as Cippenham lost the Saturday afternoon match against Ulster 5-1 and worse was to follow as the day ended with a 6-0 defeat against divisional champions Swerve.

It was Jasmine who got the consolation in the 5-1 defeat to Burton Uxbridge 3 on Sunday morning and the weekend finished with a 4-2 defeat at the hands of London-based Greenhouse. Jasmine Williams capped was a good weekend personally with two wins in this match but Shristi Ghosh and Megan Ashfield were unable to add to her tally.