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Optical Express D.L.W.E. v Whitecraigs Rugby Club (away) 12th Oct. 2017

63298245-EC5C-4BC8-93C6-297AEB93FBB3I travelled the mile-and-a-half to Whitecraigs Rugby Club to play the early match against Garry McKay (you know Garry, from Inverness). And with an 6.30pm start and a veggie meal already secured, it was going to be a good night!

Now, I remember Garry playing for Broomhill about 10 years ago and he was pretty good then and guess what he’s pretty good now as well. Well, far to good for me at any rate and handed me a choppin’ at No.2. Didn’t even give me a run!

The normal weekly scenario happened next, when none of the available players match up, so we have to play ‘squash puggy’ and wait for a couple of Bells. End ing this game was Andrew Glen and he was on next at No.5 against Allan McKay (you know Allan who hails from Inverness!). Andrew is on a roll at the moment, with 2 West League wins out of 2. Tonight, he once again played a really solid game and even in the tight moments managed to hold his nerve (helped somewhat by a few mistakes by Allan it has to be said). Three more points to the total and Andrew’s 100% record is still intact.

Next on at No.3 was Finlay McGhee for DLWE against Dougie Emery. D0A16568-3C5F-4B8D-92B7-C4103E43D900This was always going to be a tough one with Dougie on his home ‘Banbury-style’ courts (no not the Inverness courts). Could Fin get on the volley quickly enough? The result was 3-0 to Dougie, so the answer was ‘no, he couldn’t’ – however as I say, it was a big ask, against a very good opponent and on the different style courts.

Next on were the No.1 with Craig Valente-Wallace for us, against Andy MacBean (fae Inverness!). This was the match of the night with Andy going 2-0 up and Craig, going from defence to attack, evening things up at 2-2. And so to the 5th! Both men were pretty tired now, but Craig got what looked like a winning lead, with a brilliant backhand volley at 8-6; he was going to be difficult to catch from there. At match ball Andy was given a ‘let’ and then he magnanimously refused to take it on reflection.  So another M.O.T.M. performance from Craig this week – it’s great watching him play like that.

So 2-2 in the match (just like a Wednesday West League should be) and last up were the No.4s with Paul Treon for DLWE and Scott Hay for the Rugby club. This was a good match especially early on when Paul was fresh! Paul was hitting some tremendous winning shots, followed by the odd tin (or 3), followed by another cracker of a shot. On the other hand Scott was getting everything back and really piling on the pressure. The 1st game was very close and the 2nd game was close-ish, but as the match proceeded Paul made more mistakes and Scott looked like he had plenty left in the tank. So a 3-0 win to a very fit looking Scott (who has been to Inverness on his holidays).

Close, but no cigar! A 3-2 loss and just the 6 points in the bag. Still a pint and a veggie curry later and it didn’t seem as bad. There was a sighting of Ewan ‘Nessie’ Hearns at the club as he joined the team meal and he’ll strengthen the WRC line up when he returns.

A week off next week and then onward to Christmas! (10 weeks to go! I know!)

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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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Photo Montage of Saturday at the ‘Return of The West Open 2017’

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Optical Express D.L.W.E. v Hamilton (away) 27th Sept. 2017

September 28, 2017 Leave a comment

2016-op-team-shirts-david-lloyd1st game back and where are the most unusual courts in the West to go and pay on? Whitecraigs RFC you say – well maybe, but I was thinking about the Hamilton saunas.

Still things were looking up as we had an early start with 2 games on before 6pm. And what’s more we were 2-0 up, so it would be a short night at Hamilton right? Well you’d think!

The 2 matches in question were our new No.5 Andrew Glen & our old No.1 Craig (4-team-shirts) Valente Wallace and both did the on-court business. Andrew had his first ever victory in Division 1, with a 3-0 over Norman Patterson (so MOTM surely to Andrew!) and Craig beat Calum 3-1 (surviving a game ball to Calum in the 4th).

All it would take was for me to win at No.2 and secure the points! Right? Wrong! Chris McGeady had other ideas and was up 2-0 and 9-3 before you could say “What’s the ****ing temperature on this court!” Then an unlikely comeback began as I won the 3rd 12-10 and then the 4th as well – but Chris recouped just at the right time to take a tough 5th game and the match.

Well Paul Treon would definitely bring the match home! 11-3 in the 1st – easy! But Steven Healey had other ideas as well! He won the 2nd 13-11 and then the next 2 as well! Disaster!! (MOTM to Stephen)

Finlay McGhee v Colin Towers were on last at 2-2 in ‘The Battle for Hobbiton’ (!)

Great start for Fin going 2-0 up with some punishing rallies, but Colin fought back in a lung busting 3rd to take it to 2-1 and in the 4th he was in charge as well. Was there a nail-biting 5th to look forward to then? Just then, Fin got back into the match with some much straighter play and an amazing run of points, from 1-7 down, to 12-10 up, which meant he won an unlikely game and the match victory was ours (and he secured the bonus points as well!).

Quote of the Night from Norman:

Fin “As the home team, do you find the courts hot, Norman?

Norman “Well they’re good for growing tomatoes in!”

Calum remembered I was a veggi so a very nice meal for me and curry for the lads (and rice only for Colin T – only the 2nd time I’ve seen him eat after a match, in about 25 years!).

Discussions on the intricacies of the “Hamilton Ladder Challenge” system ensued! Turns out you can be 1 one week and 5 the next! But you must accept the challenge!

It’s good to be back on a Wednesday night – especially with a 15-8 team win.

(checkout ‘Broadberry Sports’ on Facebook to see some video clips of the match)

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2017-18 West Leagues Start Tonight – let the fun begin! Here’s the 1st Division line up

September 27, 2017 Leave a comment

West Open 2017 – Just 10 day to go! So Why Not Get Your Entry In?

September 20, 2017 Leave a comment

West Knockout Cup 2017 – ‘The Final’

September 16, 2017 Leave a comment

The final of the 2017 West Knockout Cup is between Newlands & Strathgryffe. Newlands eased past Hamiton 3-1 in Wednesday’s semi-final and Strathgryffe beat Glasgow Uni 4-0 in the other semi-final tie.

Strathgryffe are away for the final and no doubt the Newlands members will be hoping to roar their side to victory. Who’s you’re money on?

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There are some other interesting last round ties including Newlands 2 v Newlands 3 in the plate (favourites have to be the 3rd team with the home advantage!), not to mention Hamilton v Glasgow uni for the bronze medal.

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