Having beaten Worthings 2nd and 3rd teams last year in Division 3, 11 Southsea players turned up for this much sterner challenge against Worthings top team.
Not only that, but Southsea’s policy of giving everyone who turns up a game in home matches and Andy’s choice to play as a pointer in the triples mean’t that we would be short a shooter in the doubles.
3 Southsea players were making their debut. Husband and wife pairing Mike and Maz Woolley and recent PE signup Ian Dunt faced off v Worthing in their first ever match.
Triples chosen were Ray/Andy/Matt and Maz/Peter/Peter. Ray’s team got off to a poor start, but by the time they were at a score of 2-5 down Maz’s team had already triumphed 13-8 and were walking off the pitch. This added to the Southsea support and Ray’s team managed to turn things around, eventually running out 13-9 winners. A good feeling of 2-0 up after the triples. (Well done Maz winning in her first ever game),
11 players meant an almost complete change of players for the doubles. Dawn/Trevor, Mike/Andy and Colin/Ian were chosen. Colin/Ian were in a difficult situation with neither being a natural shooter (yet). They went down 6-13 against Angela/Tony of Worthing. (Unlucky Ian in first ever game). Dawn/Trevor had a hard fought game vs Martin/Malcolm, but things were not to be and they lost 8-13. So things were getting perilous at 2-2 in games. Luckily Mike was pointing like a demon in the unfinished double, and this allowed Andy to be a bit selective with his shooting in the failing light. They were never really troubled running out 13-5 winners against Diane/Bob who found Southsea’s unusual terrain a bit troublesome. (Well done Mike in his first ever game).
Southsea 3 – Worthing Peacocks 2
Well done Southsea on picking up a valuable bonus point for the win….