A few quick updates, followed by some waffling for you all to digest!
Firstly the Christmas Social has been moved, both in venue and date. This well attended event will now take place at The Crown, on High Street West, on Tuesday 17th December. The Crown have kindly agreed to put on a buffet and some drinks for us from around 9.15/30 pm. This means club night will be cut a little short, but hopefully everyone will be able to come down to The Crown and relax pre Christmas. Please let Peter know asap if you are attending, and please feel free to bring a partner!
On the match front, the season continues at quite a pace, with some notable success and a few second places!
The Men’s 4 has yet to pick up a win, with further heavy defeats at home to both Deeping and Apollo. The Men’s 6 in the Hunts and Peterborough League, followed their opening win with a very close 5 – 4 defeat at home to Pearl, going right down to the last end of the final game. Sadly they came up short by losing 21 – 19. Close, but no disgrace against any side containing the talents of Kevin Barron. This was swiftly followed by a heavy 7 – 2 defeat to old foes Apollo in Werrington. A tough start to the season, but they look forward to the reverse fixtures to make amends.
The Ladies followed their terrific opening win with a home draw against a strong St Ivo 1 team and then a disappointing 6 – 0 defeat away at Ramsey. Again in both fixtures the ladies fought very hard and will be looking for revenge in the reverse matches.
On the Mixed front, there have been some great results. The Melton and District side played their first match against a good Grantham team, with Sherman and Gaby playing some superb badminton to pick up two vital wins that meant the side finished 5 – 4 victors.
The most notable performance of the season so far (and as it turns out for many a season!), came in the Hunts and Peterborough League. After a tough, but well fought loss away at Jack Hunt, the side of Mark and Pam, Paul and Wen, and Peter and Helen, travelled to Pearl for the Division 1 fixture. Over the years, in the Rutland and Stamford League, Uppingham has been sent away from Pearl with many an 8 – 1 or 9 – 0 loss. With this in mind, the thought of travelling to a stronger Pearl side, traditional Mixed Division 1 winners, was daunting to say the least.
On the night, the years of pain were swept away, with all pairs battling hard and playing well. After the first round of games, Uppingham held a 2 – 1 advantage, with only Mark and Pam having lost to the great talents of Kevin Barron, after making the mistake of taking an 11 – 1 lead in the first end.
The following round of three went in the favour of Uppingham also to take the advantage out to 4 – 2. This time it was Peter and Helens turn to lose to the unstoppable Kevin and his highly talented partner.
With nerves jangling, Paul and Wen lost to Pearls mighty number 1’s and Peter and Helen lost a really tight pair of games to the Pearl number 2’s. With the game score at 4 – 4, eyes turned to Mark and Pam, taking on Pearls number 3 pair. They took the first end and the tension built as Uppingham sniffed a first win at Pearl for many a long year. Just to make things worse, they then lost the second end and the tension became unbearable for some. Not for Mark and Pam however, who played a great third end to take the game and the match.
Amid the celebrations, Kevin, the Pearl skipper congratulated the Uppingham side with the news that Pearl had not lost a home game in the Hunts and Peterborough League for ten years! A tremendous achievement, well done all, lets make it count.
With many games still to play, please try and give your Captains as much support as you can by playing in some matches. It’s great fun, win lose or draw.