A breezy night at Cardross saw the visit of Clarkston who had come down from Division 2 last year and would prove a very stern test for our brave warriors. The off season saw our team depleted due to injury and final exams. How would our new dream team get on? We didn’t have long to wait.
At first couple we had the energetic Felix and the delightfully sunny disposition of Big G Porter.
In fact we thought it was Big G. It looked like Big G, walked like Big G and was wearing the new Dumbarton top gifted to him by Jim, who was obviously planning a few protein shakes before the season if he thought this top would fit him, but this impostor wasn’t playing like Big G.
We think it was Big G’s doppelganger who unfortunately for the crowd hadn’t played tennis before. The crowd were more confused than Scooby Doo as the first set went to Clarkston. 6-2
Felix had battled manfully so if Big G appeared soon we still had a chance.
The next two sets were epic. The Cardross guys upped their games and with Felix now paired with someone who could get the ball back things looked different. And different they were. 6-3 6-3 to the home pair and memories of Bad G of set 1 were forgotten. A 2-1 home win for our heroes in their first outing in Div 3 as a pair was fantastic. Well done indeed.
Court 2 saw the newly formed pairing of Keith and Harry tackling some heavy artillery from two Clarkston youngsters. Would our ‘sneaky’ ( I use that term affectionately) veterans be able to mix up the game enough to frustrate and compete with the bombers?
We knew the answer to that.
Of course they could. A mixture of slower serving ( I assume this was on purpose but it may of course have been that it was a long winter and our guys aren’t quite defrosted yet to normal serve speed) and lobbing and in some cases even staging the tennis equivalent of a ‘mic drop’ with Keith abandoning ship mid rally leaving Harry to soldier on himself for a good 4/5 shots before Keith realised the rally was still ongoing and re entered the fray after a lap of Court 1.
It’s never dull down Cardross way………
The rubber went the way of Clarkston 3-0 although bookies had stopped taking bets on Cardross taking the second set when they sped into a 5-1 lead but the youngsters clawed them back to take it 7-5. A poor result on the night but an awful lot of positives from the game and of course Keith’s step count for the day was a new Personal Best so it’s all good….
Down on the dark lands of Court 3 Capt Mclatchie & Jamie were looking good to seal a victory for us in our first game but unfortunately they suffered a bit of third set syndrome after safely securing the first two sets.
The Clarkston pair settled into the game and took the third set 7-5. A strong performance from our third couple to win 2-1 on the night but sadly it meant a 5-4 victory for the visiting Clarkston team.
It has to be said though great start to the year. 4 sets in the first game gets us ahead of Capt Maclatchie’s algorithm