Women's British League 2nd Weekend - 21-22 January 2023
Both of Cippenham’s teams in the Women’s British League ended the season in fourth place in their respective divisions, the first team in Division 3 and the second team in Division 4.
The first team, comprising of the club’s up and coming juniors Rachael Iles, Mia Lakhani and Anna Piercey, had to play two matches on Saturday morning and early afternoon to complete the first phase of the division. These were both easy 6-0 wins for Cippenham, firstly over Graham Spicer Club and then Halton 3. Mia was named payer of the match against Spicers as was Rachael against Halton.
The division was then split into two halves with Cippenham, having finished third of the eight teams in the initial phase, being placed in the top half. Ellenborough were the first opponents for Cippenham late on Saturday. Rachael was once again player of the match as her brace and further wins for Mia and Anna gave Cippenham their best result of the season, 4-2 against divisional champions Ellenborough. This proved to be Ellenborough’s only defeat of the entire season!
Sunday did not fare so well for Cippenham as only one further league point was added and the team fell one place in the division to finish fourth. In the morning Cippenham lost out 2-4 to St Neots despite Mia’s two fine wins against Stefania Popa and Lowri Hurd. In the afternoon Rachael, with wins over Nikki Kennard and Gracie Edwards in another player of the match performance, inspired Cippenham to a point with a 3-3 draw against North Essex.
Meanwhile, the Cippenham second team, comprising the club’s veteran players, were playing in the same Wolverhampton venue. Remarkably, even with a slight change of personnel, they produced exactly the same final results in each match as they did in the opening weekend back in October.
Saturday did not fare so well, the team suffering three straight defeats. Jersey were the first to inflict damage on Cippenham’s aspirations as the Channel Islanders ran out 5-1 winners. Only Mary Heffernan got herself on the scoresheet. Mary and Denise Weller then both beat Sandra Yee but were unable to stop Worthing winning 4-2 and in the final match of the day Greenhouse won by the same score despite Julie Dean winning both her matches.
Sunday was a whole lot better as the first point of the weekend was gained against Sutton-at-Hone in the morning. Mary won the player of the match award for her two wins against Nicola Duke and Carol Homewood while Sue Hayes also beat Homewood. The best was saved for last as Cippenham won their final match 4-2 against Drumchapel Glasgow third team. This time it was Denise who won the player of the match accolade after beating both Megan Mulhern and Amelia Smorlarek and she was backed up by Julie also beating Smorlarek and Mary also beating Mulhern.