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Optical Express D.L.W.E. v Giffnock 1 (home) 4th Oct. 2017

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DLWE Musketeers Paulthos, Fintagnan & Swing-amis

Well Giffnock 1 are always a tough proposition and as I’d moved to No.2 at the moment I thought ‘at least I wouldn’t have to get tonked by Owen Hadden….. again!’ However he’s also up to No.2 so nae luck there either!

First home match of the season and when I arrived early I found Ken McBrearty knocking up (for Newlands 3), so I joined him for a tune up. The hit soon deteriorated into squash-teckers with each of us trying to play a more ridiculous shot! (It was a draw! Topspin-forehand-volley-nic versus lob-boast-roller!).

Owen soon arrived to break up these shenanigans and although I started well in our match the inevitable soon kicked in and Owen was well in control. The gulf was so big that we ended up playing a sub-conscious training game, by pumping everything to the back (but he won this as well!).

Next on was ‘Andrew (100% record) Glen’ at No.5 against Calum Stout. I was only half watching this and every time I glanced at a rally, I saw it Calum winning in the main, but all the rallies were hard and Andrew was definitely playing well. When I saw Andrew later I said “Unlucky” to which he replied, “What do you mean I won!” (maybe MOTM again this week for Andrew? Still with his 100%-win record!).

Paul Treon was on next v Matt Stout and Paul lost a very one sided 1st game, but played much better after that and although it was 3-0, the last 2 games were much tighter and he made his opponent work for it.

On next were the No.1s with Craig Valente-Wallace v Stu George. Craig wanted to borrow my Harrow Vapor racket, so what could I say! But I’m glad I did; what a game this was and an unbelievably gutsy performance from Craig. Stu took the 1st reasonably comfortably, but Craig countered with a much more attacking game and some unbelievable physicality; he was throwing himself around the court like a man possessed. The 2nd was tight, but Stu edged it – and the 3rd was another ding-dong, but Craig won that one (great team point!). The 4th was more convincing for Stu, as Craig was like the proverbial burst-baw! (having said that he still chased everything he could). I could easily give MOTM to Craig for that performance, fantastic to watch.

Last on was Finlay McGhee and after last week’s heroics, he was really up against it this week v Chris Murphy. Unfortunately there was just too much of a gulf between the two players, but it didn’t stop Fin playing really well, especially in the 2nd game. However Chris was in control of the match and won 3-0.

So a loss of 4-16, but realistically quite a good performance against one of the Division’s top teams.

Both chicken & veggie pasta for dinner and it was hot, great and there was plenty of it! Result!

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