EDitorial ± 21-Jan-2014

TT1314, Week 14

(presenting yet another guest review by Kevin Cockerill: thanks, Kev!)

After 6 weeks of not playing ping pong I knew this was gonna be tough, so I brought my old pal Neil aka 'Mad Dog', along for moral support. We were playing host to the only team in the league that haven't yet won a game, the Hadleigh Owls, so was this going to change tonight? Not on your nelly!

The fact that they only had two players (Chris and Denise) turn up probably helped, as Rupert had hurt his back and therefore couldn't play. So a 3v0 head start it is then and with all three of us, that being Yang, Steve and I, all bagging a point each it was fast becoming what is known in the business as a 'walk over'.

I have to mention that I won my first game with a 5th end edge which I was slightly embarrassed about, as that’s no way to win after a battle of cunning and wits. So at 6v0, 7v0, 8v0, the points were coming thick and fast. My first win being an epic battle five ender, I was rather hoping my final match wouldn't be another battle, as I was still feeling the effects of the first one, with my legs shaking more than Steven and his green door but .. Yep, you guessed it another five ender down to the wire, which I lost (shaking of the head and tuts commence).

Now Steve asks the question: who's in the doubles?, which I of course always want to be, but given my fitness level and lost point I reluctantly don't pursue this and walk away. "Do you want to play"? Comes the question from Yang. So I find myself in the doubles with Steve. We start off rather shaky but with an epic come back, twice, coming back to win a game whilst being 9v5 & 9v6 down we win the doubles and claim a rare 9v1 victory. Verdict of the evening? Wot a hoot!