Mens 1 v PMC 2 - 9/12/13

Men’s 1 returned to Fir Vale school looking to make PMC 2 their first victims of the season.  With the opposition having one pair who we had each played against us for their 1st team we knew they would be a difficult pair to beat but the other 2 pairs were more to our standard and we felt confident of at least putting up a fight.

With Dave H recovering from his operation, although turning out to support and offer advice from the sidelines, it was left to Deepak to partner Rich W for the night.  The rest of our team were the usual suspects and once again we started with all 3 courts for the first and second round of games.

The match seemed to rest on performances against pairs 2 & 3 as the first pair swept us all aside with relative ease, Sam/Mark & Dave W/Andy managed equal points but none of our guys could take an end.

Rich/Deepak took on the 2nd pair first up and showed their ability to gel as a pairing by taking the game in straight ends against a tricky older player and powerful partner.  Dave W/Andy were taking on the third pair and had a poor start in going 10-2 down before battling back to have a game point before a 22-20 loss in the first end.  The second end turned on a disputed line call by the opposition which put our guys off their game in losing to 10.

In the second round Sam/Mark took on the second pair and comfortably defeated them to 12 & 8.  Rich/Deepak were having to work harder and the third pair but managed to get through to victory.

In the final round of games Sam/Mark defeated the third pair with relative comfort once again.  Unfortunately Dave W/Andy could not sneak home against the second pair as they lost out to 18 in both ends.

A narrow 5-4 defeat gives us hope of avenging the result at our own place.  Well done to Deepak for securing 2 points alongside Rich in their first match as a pairing.