With trepidation the DAC Farris Cup team will bravely present themselves for battle at the Birmingham Athletic Club for the 12th clash for this respected, prominent trophy. Overall we hold a 6 victory to 5 lead, but we have only walked out the winner once in the past 5 years... which just happened to be the most recent one.
As defending champions, I’m apprehensive of which BAC team will be standing before us. From 2011 to 2014, their line up made us look like the 2008 Lions, but last year we looked like the 1972 Dolphins that went 16-0 and won the Superbowl. Being that it is their turn to host, and they would be stinging from last January’s loss, I fear we may well be fighting an uphill battle while wearing rollerskates. But, I’m an optimist at heart, and I know as a club we are improving and getting tougher. No task is too great to overcome!
The Farris Cup first started in January of 2005. It has become a traditional event between the 2 major Atheltic Clubs of the city, an event that embodies the spirit of the late John C. Farris who sadly passed in 2004. He was a member of both clubs, a staunch suporter and promoter of the game.
The DAC team will be represented by the winners and finalists of the 2015 Club Championships. There will be 14 singles matches made up of 2 matches in each division (2.5 to 5.5) and additionally 3 doubles matches - A, B, and senior. I encourage each and every one of you to come to the BAC and cheer on our squad, the off court support would be extremely helpful!
Matches are scheduled to start at 9.15am and conclude at about 12.30pm. There is an offical luncheon which you are also invited to attend (coast and tie, ~$20 per person, rsvp a must) where the presentation of the Farris Cup to the winning team (us?!) takes place. We haven’t won the Cup on their courts since 2010... time for that to change!
Our players:Jed Elley, Vikram Chopra, Eric Green, Sante Fratarcangeli, Paul Ward, Phil Pitters, Tom MacEachern, Dane Fossee, Josh Slominski, Jason Currie, Chris Webber, Mike Rock, John Rogers, Andrew Walawender, Peter Logan, Kirk Haggarty, Greg Rivard, Mike Counsman, John Dunwoody, and Bob Burton.