First winter match for the Vets 1st team (yes we are running 2 vets teams this winter) against old rivals Henley who always seem to beat us 3-2 ish. The team:
1) Simon 2) Rick 3) Kerry 4) Sohail 5) Ken
First up to the plate was Kerry who was quite frankly awful for the first 2 games & 6 points. Despite playing a fellow at least 10 years his senior, Kerry could barely string a rally together. However at 6-0 down in the third, Kerry started to play and kept it all together to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat with a 3-2 win.
Soh started on the adjacent court but his opponent’s knee gave way midway through the first game. No way that he could carry and Soh got no opportunity to get sweaty (nor argue with the marker in his usual manner). A knock with was had with Simon later. 3-0 win
Rick followed Soh on court. Rick’s preparation consisted of helping Mac move house during the day – probably not that wise for a fellow who has tendency to get injured just by being awake. Rick lost the first game but presumably the aches and pains wore off as he rattled-off the next 3 for a good 3-1 win.
Simon played Irish Jim with whom he’s had a few good battles in the past including their previous encounter which was a 9-0, 0-9, 9-1, 6-9, 9-0 win for Simon! No such mucking about tonight as Simon won comfortably in 3.
Ken, making his debut for the vets, was last on court, played a steady game and came through a tidy 3-1 winner. Ken was strangely absent from the pub afterwards. The remainder of the team are hopeful that this was down to Ken’s choice and not because nobody had remembered to tell him that:-
1) we go to the pub afterwards
2) which pub (Black Horse for future reference)
3) food and beer are supplied at a nominal cost
If any of the above 3 statements are true, your teammates apologise profusely and hope that you will talk to us all again.
So overall a 5-0 (20-4) win for HVets first team and a great start to the season. Man of the match has to be Kerry for his comeback from 2-0,6-0 down.