TERM 3 WEEK 9
Week 9: The Trilogy
The week started with the Sports Ball, i.e. UWTC’s opportunity to put on our best outfits and show that the rowdy corner is sometimes capable of being civilised (well only slightly). We were all very excited, but none as much as household name Mr. Harry Gardner. He went a bit too heavy on the vinos during pre-drinks on the piazza, and was probably the only member that needed a chaperone to take him in— there was even a "Harry watch" chat created just in case.
After the food came, Alex Reed quickly managed to ruin it by covering it in mustard, not realising what it was. The meal ended with a slightly questionable orange tart, but the copious amounts of wine made it go down a lot easier. Following on from this it was time for even more pictures and basically a live band version of many of pops greatest hits, fortunately without Baywatch because it's a nightmare trying to put a bowtie back on.
There was a big turnout for the final Wednesday social play of the year with some big games of eliminator, and some even bigger shots in bluff. It was clear that some members were quite out of practise and were more used to having a pint in their hands than a racket. It was also a great place to catch up and discuss plans for the rest of the week. At the start, there was a very exciting match between Ryan and Lars to watch, with Ryan throwing in a dive half way through to pick up an injury just so he may have an excuse if he lost. However, Ryan rose from the ashes and managed to pull out a huge win, maybe this year he may actually be able to win something?
After the very hot social play it was time for everyone's favourite night of the week: a slightly hungover visit to the famous copper rooms. This week's circle had the first display of the tennis clubs brightest and most energetic new member: an Inflatable Beach BallTM. Many a pint were lost, but the “football’s coming home” chants quickly made us forget. All in all, a great circle with fresher's duels with the water pistols being a personal highlight. Unfortunately, we did not see a Willey vs Tommy round 2, mainly because we couldn't actually see Willey (And his name is…), here's hoping this week there will be a few more gambles!
On Friday, three teams from UWTC entered the inflatable fun day. The goal was simple; beat the other tennis teams that were competing, and of course enjoy a free soak on a scorching day. Congratulations to the leavers team, who finished impressively in the upper tier. Less can be said for the other two teams, 2nd last and 3rd last respectively. A special mention goes to Clement, who somehow managed to get caught on a slide soaked in bubble bath, confusing the rest of the team as to his whereabouts.
Saturday saw the return of the annual charity hockey tournament and Warwick Tennis entered 9 of its finest to compete for glory. Inspired by Connors ‘agricultural’ style of play and support from the side-lines louder than all other teams combined, the team exceeded expectations. An unlucky draw in the group stages meant that we were put up against three actual hockey teams, resulting in three out of three (minor) defeats and an injury to self-confessed ‘two-minute sprint man’ Ollie Heath, who took on the responsibility of managing the team afterwards. We came into our own during the knockout stages of the plate, finding the perfect balance between defence (including resident hockey player DCR absolutely bossing the midfield), some silky skills in attack and goal scoring instincts from Grace and Claire to rival Harry Kane. Despite an earlier injury, Claire managed to finish as top scorer with four goals, including an outrageous backwards tweener to open the scoring in the quarters. Two wins in quick succession led us to the semis despite some members of the opposing team shouting that ‘we’re really bad at hockey’ and ‘that’s not how you should play.’ Eventually we fell victim to an extra-time winner courtesy of a double ricochet off the post by Mixed Hockey (3-2).
The racketlon also took place on the weekend and despite a couple of late withdrawals, the team managed to put on an impressive performance, only losing by two points overall. The team excelled at the table tennis section, securing 408 points out of a possible 420. Congrats to everyone who competed!
So that brought Week 9 to a close and next week signifies the end of the year for us all and the end of university for some, yet there’s plenty to look forward to with a trip to Kasbah planned, Finals Day to look forward to as well as the final circle of the year. Prepare yourselves Tennis, it’s going to be big.
Kraven and Ollie