On probably one of the quietest boasters league evenings we have seen for a many a season, the 2017 hangover seems to be continuing all week. The courts have been eerily uninhabited compared to what we are used to seeing, it appears the haze lifts this coming Saturday when the courts are jammed from 8.30am onwards when reality hits and people realize there is still half a season left!
There is a new captain in town as well, as John Mann has bravely taken over the reins for the Space Geckos team while our good friend Josh Slominski is taking a rest. John has stepped into his new role with all the gusto you’d expect already “threatening” his players with expulsion for future lack luster performances. I can’t say his fear-mongering tactic isn’t working, the Space Geckos picked up a round one best 14 bonus points. The three that didn’t show are probably in hiding and a “Mann – hunt” is underway… (collective groan!)
We’ll start off this week’s individual performances with Colin Bayer of the aforementioned Space Geckos. Maybe it was the pressure of having his new captain sitting courtside and monitoring his every step and swing, maybe it was the distraction of a couple of young ladies on the stepper machines, or maybe it was his sweat on his glasses, but witnessing him lose the last rally of the first game (at 14-all) by having the ball smack in in the forehead squarely between the eyes was one I wish we had on video and something that I simply couldn’t pass up mentioning. Beneficiary of this unfortunate incident was Paul Ward (Wardogs), who, by the way, won the match 2-1.
Other impressive, but not so theatrical results… Robert Welch (Wardogs) can breathe a little easier today knowing that he isn’t as far out of his depths as he thought he was going to be after I moved him up 2 spots from the first half. He won yesterday 2-1 over Andrew Walawender (Space Geckos), two of those games were 15-14. Going a step better, Jordan Dean (Wardogs) also managed to win 2-1 yesterday and I moved him up three spots! Marc Toapcio (Foss Nation) chalked up a notable win taking Zac MacVoy (Butter Nutz) 2-1, and Blake Ellis (Winky-Dinks) fell over the line (almost literally) with a 2-1 victory over Andy Adamo (Nicker Ballers), both players heaving and keeling over, grateful there wasn’t a fourth game to contend with. The Holiday season can be cruel to some.
We sputtered out of the gates for the new year, so we better get with the program sooner rather than later. There is plenty of squash to be played, so let’s get to it!