Monday, 6 May 2013

Racketballers at Hatton (Mon, May 6)

Leading the line at Hatton was Alex Stewart making her RB team debut.  And lead the line she did as she took out Ian Evans 15-11 15-9 15-12. Mike Wagner at #5 also played Ian and cancelled out Ian's previous win by losing him15-12 15-13 15-7.
   We finally got Ian Evans off court and big Derek Addison took on Sean at #4 and promptly went one game down. Undeterred, The Big Man fought back to 14-14 in the second and using the new-fangled 2-clear rule, snuck it 16-14. Ditto for the third, except this time he bottled it at 14-14. And normal service resumed as he lost the fourth 9-15.
   Our best left-hander Brian Sloan took on Malcolm Mitchell at #2, contested the first well 12-15 but the second and third slipped away without getting into double digits.
   Capt Grieve faced Danny Pollok at #1 and lost 5, 9 and 13 so it looked like he was just about to get a game off him if it went on any longer.
   Late but better than never, Christy took on Mark at #3.Christy was in control for the first two but at 13-8 in the third, decided some skid boast, corkscrews and screwing around in general were in order as a 3-0 was obviously in the bag. Cue major egg on face a Mark refused to oblige with any more tin shots and brought it to game ball twice before converting 17-15.  The fourth took on a surreal feeling as the ball burst (a first in my 3 years of racketball experience) but we played on as if it was a cold squash ball, evey shot being a drop and Christy won on a dead weight drop. And then had to play a let, to guffaws in the gallery.
This time he screwed the nut to get 13-1 ahead before screwing around and Mark was too knackered to avoid the tine so 3-1 to Christy in trhe end.
  It might be obvious that I didn't see the other matches, hence one line from the marking sheet is all I can come up with.
    Tea consisted of cheesy pasta and cottage pie, pizza, bhajees and somosa's  topped off with lemon or chocolate swiss roll.
   The banter was scintillating as Malcolm held forth on the price war in West Calder now that Tesco Extra is taking on Scotmid... but will never compete with the local Ernie who delivers 2 litres of milk for £1.10.
Alex Stewart looked shell-shocked by her intro to mens team match chat, as the ladies match teas usually bring up quite laddish chat by comparison. Next match topic at Hatton will be crocheting and knitting.


Anonymous said...

Who organised the food? It's an amazing selection.

GrangeSquashClub said...

Malcolm's wife cooked up the 2 mains while Ian E and the other Hatton guys chipped in with their side dishes. Top Nosh.