EDitorial ± 17-Apr-2008

TT0708, Week 22

Well Arvind, I do believe we've done it. Way back on 20-Sep-2008, the Defiants TT-ers opened their division 3 account with a stonking 9-1 win. After which The Viper proposed that we should aim to win the league, finishing first "at least". Hands up who believed that we could do it? Hands down, Arvind.

We were aiming to go one better than Arsenal in 2003/2004: sure, be unbeaten, better still, win all our matches. Then Kev rang at 5pm from an ambulance pleading an unspecified head injury. With Andy on another continent, that meant losing three points straight away and turning up with only two players, one of whom was Grenvyle. Always good to face a challenge.

Supershaky start, G. going 2-0 down to The Kid, then saving several match points in a 15-13 fourth ender. Saved his luckiest until last with a net-scraping drop shot to win. Phew. Later, G. came unstuck against WW, going down in straight ends including an epic 17-19 middle game.

End of singles: 5-4 to us. Needed a doubles victory to claim our record. Poor opening by the pair of us, and that was before I thwacked Grenvyle's hand with the serrated edge of my crumbling bat. That's gotta hurt, and it did. Defiant we stood, however, winning the next three ends on the bounce. Game over.