I go off on my course in astral navigation (following the stars around Africa in
search of suitable babies to purchase), further news is breaking on a most
urgent issue. On the 24th October the ‘Ladder’ cometh to Aldenham for the first
In medieval times you usually pushed it away from the parapet and followed through with a bucket of boiling oil , but in today's brave new world you register to play fives on it and then try to destroy your opponents in a more sporting fashion.
So it’s time to extract the proverbial digit, get onto fivesonline, register yourself with OUR club - not any old (boys) club - and get your name down for this fixture! BE AWARE, we have committed ourselves to no less than THREE TRAYS of sandwiches. So you'd better turn up!
Thus was the exhortation to participate disseminated to the expectant hordes.
Response was good and, with the arrival of a few outside contenders, four courts (16 participants) commenced play, with the uncommitted filling a further court. Upon conclusion everyone assembled in the Roundbush before returning home.
The second of the two fixtures was played on 4th March 2007. Initially it seemed all 6 courts would be in use, but a couple of late withdrawals saw the draw close with 5 courts and 20 players. Not a bad turnout….After a pre-match exhortation by Ed Taylor, play commenced – in some cases rather more successfully than others! There was a distinct lack of usable/acceptable balls which spoiled the evening for several entrants – a heavy hint to your Secretary that a new batch should be ordered (where do all the balls go?). Nonetheless, most players had returned to good humour by the time they left the pub.
At the time of writing, the Club’s official standing in the Ladder is FOURTH with 1000 points - taking into account All Players’ scores. This would probably be better still if everyone had picked Aldenham as their primary club…….... As a matter of interest the Club total points table, taking into account all its usual players, is as follows:
Phillip Lyndon 280
Neil Margerison 270
Graham Pulsford 220
Joshua Rose 140
Rubel Mallik 130
Chris Cernuschi 120
Richard Smith 100
Simon Randall 100
Paul Kendall 90
Richard Dennis 65
Andrew Fraser 60
Jonathan Lindsay 60
Bob Pace 35
Tim Shepherd 35
Martin Lindsay 30
Matthew Barrett 30
David Goad 30
Totting that lot up, we actually clock some 1795 points!!!