|Posted by woolstonlawnbilliards on September 19, 2010 at 5:13 PM|
The day dawned sunny and bright as the much-anticipated new season dawned with it. Hang me for a coward and a ninny, but I hadn't actually been down to the grounds to check out shifting after the earthquakes. Last season I got up early and went and mowed the pitch too short in the frost and the grass was very yellow looking and there were clumps of cut grass strewn all over the shop. Not a great look, really. This year I had a trip to the tip to manage, but purely on a whim swung by the recycled clothing warehouse first.
Hanging beguilingly in the men's trousie section were three pairs of brand spanking new whites with button flies! I bought the buggers straight off, found a white polo to present to the heel dragging Master of the Treasury, a bag to carry equipment, and with a wallet only ten dollars lighter I scurried back.
Because I'd been such a coward there was no setting up in advance done, so all the wherewithal to mark the pitch and mow it had to be brought along. Wonders! Not only were the McCombs Memorial Lawns flat and intact, but I could see the remains of last years pitch still vaguely visible! I suppose when one section of grass has been kept consistently flat it doesn't keep up with the rest over the winter. Made marking out a doddle.
Added to the fun of the proceedings was the coincidence of International Talk Like A Pirate Day. No-one dressed up particularly, but we cursed each other's scurvy tactics, declared certain shots the leavings of squawking popinjays etc. GROG was also served to good effect.
To the pain!
Acting President for Life Nic Farra took on the Master of the Treasury Karl Hitchcock in two mighty singles tussles. These fell in favour of the Principle Despot, 21-4 & 21-15.
The real treat of the day was the two juniors' doubles matches. Max and Zulfiah paired up against Robin and Ena and both games were hair's-breadth close and involving all kinds of tricky drop cannon shots and strategic enmity. Max and Zulf took out both matches 21-20 and 21-17. Watch out for these young guns!