2021 GC Federation Shield

Way back in history (2019) Broadwas qualified for the 2020 GC Federations Shield by winning the West Midlands Level Play league. The 2020 Shield was postponed till this year because of the impact of Covid.
Our long awaited first match was played away against Long Eaton, winners of the 2019 East Midlands league, on 5th July. The Federation Shield knock out matches are played under handicap rules, a format that Long Eaton are not accustomed to.
Chris Jackson (2) and Stephanie White (7) played very well in the doubles beating Stuart Smith (0) and Fran Wall (5) by 7-6 and 7-5. However both the morning singles went to Broadwas with Howard Freeman (8) beating John Skuse (8) 7-5, 7-2 and late call-up (due to a Covid ping) Barry Kirby (6) overcoming Carol Warren (10) by 7-3, 5-7, 7-6. So the match stood at 2-1 to Broadwas at lunch.
In the afternoon singles Stuart won 7-6, 7-3 against Chris, Fran and Stephanie left it unfinished at 7-6, 3-7, Barry lost to Joan 3-7, 7-3, 5-7 but Howard continued his winning streak 7-6, 7-5 against Carol.
With new friendships made, compliments all round, thanks to the hosts and a rain-free day it was home in time for tea! Next stop – Sussex County !
Stuart Smith