First on was David (Craig) and as ever he had Elvi, the mascot, in tow. I think this wee girl has seen more squash than her mother ever has – and that’s in her first 2 years! And she’s probably been on court more as well! Honestly you can’t keep her off in-between games and I’m usually the one doing the fetching as the opposition player wonders why a munchkin has got hold of his racket! This week’s bemused opponent was Ross Lawrie (Vogue fashion guru!) – but undaunted Ross strolled the 1st two games. However it was looking like our first team point was secured in the 3rd as Dave was game ball up, but Ross wrestled victory from the jaws of defeat to win 3-0
Next on was Colin (Clarke) against Scott (Dilbert) Adams. Now Scott has got a bit of a forehand on him (leftie). So don’t put it there Col! It was a bit of a ding dong, but Col was doing most of the donging at the crucial times, because although all of the games were really close (with 3 tie-breaks) Scott won this 3-1. Still a team point towards the good ship DLWE!
Next on was me against Jase Lang. Now talking of ding dongs, we’ve had a couple in our last encounters! Jase (L) is more than half my age, fitter and better at every shot on the court – except one! So the whole game is spent with me trying to only play one shot! I’m sure Jase is fed up playing me, but there you have it – I’m not here to lie down and so when I had match ball in the 4th game I thought this was a great opportunity! However Jase wrestled the match back with some great retrieving; and I couldn’t help but think that if he’s capable of doing that for a few points, then if he did it on every point I wouldn’t have got any games. He stepped it up in the 5th and I hit a few too many in the tin, but ‘you live by the sword and you die by the sword’, so ho-hum. I gave it my all and I know that because the next day I could feel the injuries! Loss 3-2
Doug (Macmillan) took to the court next against James Dare and it’s fair to say that James gave it his all tonight, just like I did – and tonight this was enough. James took a storming lead by winning the 1st two games – and with those in the bank, he was never going to be easy to beat. Doug got back to 2-2 with a great 13-11 win in the 4th, but in the 5th James had saved just enough. He won 7-11 to take the match 2-3.
Last up was Craig (Valentie Wallace) against Martin Woods at No.1. I went for a quick shower and was amazed to hear it was all over in the blink of an eye! Craig came into the changing room looking slightly bemused, as he’s won 3-0. The first was a tough one by all reports and Craig won it 11-8, but with an 11-1 in the 2nd it wasn’t all together surprising to hear that Martin retired in the 3rd. Still a win against your coach is a great thing and so Craig got to drive Martin home with tonight’s bragging rights!
So 8 points is double our tally last time so onward and upwards! Hopefully!
Soup, sandwiches & pizza – with a bottle of Kelburn – finished the night off a treat!
First on was David ‘and so to the 5th’ Craig. And so to the 5th! Mark Coyle (the youngster) got a good lead in the 5th and Dave just couldn’t get his nose back in front. Great game though. (Loss 3-2. One-zero in the match)
Next on was Doug (Macmillan) v Mikey Rodgerson. And so to the 5th – Doug (the youngster) is fast becoming king of the 5 setters and he wrestled another win this week with some determined squash. (Win 3-2. One-all in the match)
I went on next against Patrick O’Sullivan – and so to the 5th. It was close at 8-9 but Patrick (the youngster) did just enough to hold on. I can’t say I was in the best of spirits after that one, but I got a good joke e-mailed to me just at that time which cheered me up a little bit! (Loss 3-2. Two-1 down in the match)
“A husband and wife came for counselling after 25 years of marriage. When asked what the problem was, the wife went into an angry tirade listing each and every problem they had ever had in the 25 years they had been married.
She went on and on: neglect, lack of intimacy, emptiness, loneliness, feeling unloved and unloveable, a long list of unmet needs she had endured over the course of their quarter century of marriage.
Finally, after allowing this to go on for a sufficient length of time, the therapist stood up, walked around his desk and, asking the wife to stand, embraced her and kissed her passionately on the mouth.
The woman shut up and, in a daze, quietly sat down;. The therapist turned to the husband and said, “This is what your wife needs at least seven times a week. Do you think you can do this?”
The husband thought for a moment and replied, “Well, Doc, I can drop her off here on Tuesday and Friday, but on the other days I play squash.”
Next on (and back from injury) was Colin (Clark) against Jonathan Brady. And so to the 4th! Jonathan (the youngster) played lots of great squash, but also lots of mistakes and Colin was able to hold on long enough for the mistakes to take over. (Win 3-1. Two-all in the match)
Last up was Craig (Valente Wallace) against Stuart Pitt. And so to the 5th! A real tussle and the match went to 10-10. Craig and Stu (both youngster) gave it everything on the night, but Stuart just squeezed home. (Loss 3-2. Two-three down in the match!)
We got 12 points though. In fact the score of the games on the night was 12-12, but Giffnock got the bonus points to take home.
Tough to take!
Well I’m looking for a positive spin for the match last Wednesday, but really I’m struggling. I was thinking we could get a 3-2 from this tie against Whitecraigs Rugby – and if we played really well we may even win 3-2, however what actually happened was that we all lost and apart from Craig we all got tonked!
First on was Davie (Craig) and mascot/daughter Elvi – against Nairn McMasters. A real tough one for the big man and I would have been amazed if we’d have won this one. He didn’t! Dave was moving well enough, but Nairn was just too clever and kept Dave at bay for the whole match to win 3-0 (I didn’t see a lot of the match as the mascot kept me busy with her James Bond Aston Martin Match Box car (also Doug looked pretty jealous of her Nike gutties!) – she was obviously on Santa’s ‘Nice’ list at Christmas!)
Another great match against the South African Knights last night at Newlands against a ‘West Select’ side of Peter O’Hara, Stuart George, Mark Ford, Peter Halliday and Owen Hadden.
And it went to the last match with a 3-2 win for the Knights. When I arrived it was all finished, but the South African’s were in good ‘spirit’ and were looking forward to going into town to celebrate their win.
Great to see the S.A.Knights again a new team on every trip, but a great bunch of lads every time.