The UK’s Largest Female Padel Match a Huge Success.
Friday 10th December HSFC played host to the largest female padel match, we believe, in the UK. Despite the icy conditions over 32 ladies turned up to play in a friendly match of two local clubs – HSFC and Rawdon.
Cathy Thomas and Janet Devlin opened the event with Sandra Wiggins and Hayley Meynell – it was so tight in games – and after half an hour one game ended in a draw. The matches continued like this all evening. As we approached the penultimate round the teams were level pegging. Libby Horn and Jane Barrett, Kirsty Hollingworth and Lisa Robinson went on court and brought Harrogate ahead. It all came down to the last point and the strict rules of counting only completed games at the end of the half hour. After 4 hours and 16 games the result was a draw!
Debbie Naylor organised the communications and finances, recruiting Sue Couture as pizza woman. Thank you to Ben Moghtader at Pizza Pan in Starbeck for sponsoring the pizzas – they were delicious. Libby brought home made mince pies for everyone and the phrase “ Move over Mary Berry” was coined after eating them.
Huge thanks to the supporters and time-keepers who braved the temperatures to support the event – Lynne Creswick, Shirley Bush, Louanna Bracht, Anneliese Robinson, Ted Bracht and Trevor Bush. Thanks to Joe Norcross for providing blankets and support, as well as Jamie at the bar providing hot drinks and alcohol later.
After Shirley has had her knee operation, we hope for a re match with more ladies from HSFC representing our club.
What a fantastic night for the club, for padel and for female sport. And what a credit to coach Nicky Horn, without whose tireless efforts encouraging ladies’ padel at both clubs this would never have been possible.