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DLR v Whitecraigs Rugby – Home (Match Report) 22nd February 2012

Well Whitecraigs Rugby tonight and a match we really hoped to win, but they went away with the points.

All three courts were in use, so I didn’t see all the matches. First on was Jason (Lang) v Matt Anderson at No.4. This is one I didn’t see, but Jason won the 1st game, before Matt came back strongly to win the next three. All the games were 8s and 9s so a tough match, but one up to WC. (Cont’d below)

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Cont’d ….. I was marking the No.5’s Gordon (Smith) v Archie Pollok. Now it’s fair to say that Gordon didn’t like Archie’s game; it was too short and clinical for Gordon, who was looking for a 45 minute run. Gordon was frustrated with the lack of rallies and whenever he played a lose shot he didn’t follow up, so Archie could play a winner without any pressure. Now don’t get me wrong there were flashes of great play from Gordon, a fabulous width & length on the backhand drive (at times) lovely cross-court volleys (on occasions) and the odd cross-court drive winner. However these were not joined-up enough and despite being 7-9 in the 1st and 5-0 in the 2nd Archie dominate the rest of the match (11-7  11-5  11-6). In the bar after Archie said as much, when he commented “I won the short game with my soft shots.” And Gordon replied

“You also won the middle and the back games as well!”

Kev (Moran) was also on the other court at the same time (so I didn’t see this one either) against the up and coming James Wilson, but it didn’t matter how up and coming he was tonight Kev was just too strong – although James did get 9 in the 2nd game – 11-4 11-9  11-4. This will be a good clash in the future no doubt.

I was on next against Nairn McMaster. This was controversial, but I suppose it was the fact that both Nairn and I have similar games and were always destined to get in each other’s way; and in contrast to that the refs were very different sorts of players who maybe see things differently.

Time after time I was getting bewildering (I use the word advisedly)’ no let’ decisions. In the end I thought just give up arguing and play. So I did and that was probably the worst decision I could have made. I know I have a bad reputation for arguing on court and I should really try and just get on with it, but every bad decision that went unchallenged the marker must have thought it was OK to give the same again.

I said to Nairn that if the marker thinks I can’t get the ball I have to show more effort and this may involve a bit of pushing and I wanted to apologise in advance. So I made no further comments to the umpire, but when Nairn was directly between me and the ball I made 100% effort to show that my opponent ‘was the interference’ and I was going directly to the ball and would have got it. This involved a lot of pushing and shoving and it certainly must have showed the marker something as I started getting a few lets.

Well inevitably Nairn had had enough of the pushing and at 4-3 he told me so in no uncertain terms. A point later I conceded the tie (and the match) as there is no way I wanted to carry on in this way if I was going to fall out with a decent guy like Nairn over a squash match when tempers were high. In retrospect I really feel I let the team down, but I’m also not sure what else I could have done (other than just lose every other point with a whimper –pride would not have let me do that).

Dougie (Kempsell) was on last v Dougie Emery at No.2. I missed the first two games as I was on court, but (our) Dougie seems to have been in control of these at 11-4  11-2. However a good fighting performance from (their) Dougie gave him a game ball in the 3rd (with a rolling nic off a boast!) but he wasn’t able to convert this and (our) Dougie won the game 12-10 and the match 3-0.

So an early night and hopefully no bad feelings as we all had a pint and some food in the bar after. Then off home to write this 2nd draft of the match report!

Well as there was nothing too comical to report on tonight’s game here are some jokes!

1) While attending a Marriage Weekend, Ken and his wife, Janet, listened to the instructor declare,
‘It is essential that husbands and wives know the things that are important to each other.’

He then addressed the men:
‘Can you name and describe your wife’s favourite flower?’

Ken leaned over, touched Janet’s arm gently, and whispered, “It’s Homepride, isn’t it ?”

And thus began Ken’s life of celibacy …………….

2) A man was walking down the street when he was accosted by a particularly dirty and shabby-looking homeless man who asked him for a couple of dollars for dinner. The man took out his wallet, extracted ten dollars and asked, “If I give you this money, will you buy some beer with it instead of dinner?”
“No, I had to stop drinking years ago,” the homeless man replied.
“Will you use it to go fishing instead of buying food?” the man asked.
“No, I don’t waste time fishing,” the homeless man said. “I need to spend all my time trying to stay alive.”
“Will you spend this on green fees at a golf course instead of food?” the man asked.
“Are you NUTS!” replied the homeless man. “I haven’t played golf in 20 years!”
“Well,” said the man, “I’m not going to give you money. Instead, I’m going to take you home for a shower and a terrific dinner cooked by my wife.”
The homeless man was astounded. “Won’t your wife be furious with you for doing that?
The man replied, “That’s okay. It’s important for her to see what a man looks like after he has given up drinking, fishing and golf .”

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