Today we played our first competitive fixtures, and it was a great day from start to finish. Okay, so the slight detour to take in the stunning scenery of the cooling towers near to East Midlands Parkway wasn’t great (I’ll admit, that was entirely due to me misreading the map), but once we were there it was a great day. We played three games in total, one against a team from the University of Lincoln and two against teams from Nottingham University. We attacked the first game with great intensity, commitment and no shortage of skill, and came away with a strong victory. The second game was a slightly different proposition – there was plenty of effort, but the things we were trying that worked well in the first game didn’t seem to come off so well in the second, and ended up in defeat. We then faced the prospect of picking ourselves up straight away for the next match, and so it was a credit to everyone involved that after an extremely tight first 15 minutes we managed to pull away and secure our second victory of the afternoon. Everyone played their part, and the less experienced players came on strongly during the afternoon, especially in defence.
I’d like to take this opportunity to once again thank Nottingham University for hosting the games, and also to the University of Lincoln for coming down to play too. They were three tough, hard-fought games, and after two months doing nothing but training, it was exactly what we needed as a club. Hopefully these will be just the first of many encounters between the teams in the years to come.
I for one cannot wait to get back on the court again and play some more competitive fixtures, so we’ll work hard to get some further fixtures confirmed asap. In the meantime, we’ll look to bring that same intensity to our training sessions as we did for the two sessions last week. So, if you didn’t come along today, we not pop down on Thursday night? It’ll be the best £1.50 you spend all week, guaranteed.