I hope everyone has enjoyed their reading (sleeping) week and are realising that they should have done something over the last week besides laughing at all the STEM students, and have arguments on Warwick Love. For what was a quiet week for the university, the club had a hectic one.
Firstly the hijinks at circle. Like last year, and I assume every year, people forgot that the real ale festival exists. This lead to a range of UWTC members being panic stricken as they realised not only the lack of circle tickets, but also that copper rooms 1 was shut.
Once people successfully obtained tickets (by any means necessary) we reach the first hurdle of the night: there was ONLY ONE BAR! A single bar for all societies resulted in a 45 minute delay to circle. Thankfully this lead to a few members of the club (who had no tickets and were not fresh and who really should know better) winning a rare victor. These heroes evaded POP’s dedicated security detail in the bar shenanigans managing to sneak into pop behind a crowd of disrupted circlers who had to buy drinks from T-bar.
Ben and Maddie made friends with mixed netball, hoping that we would all do the same as we joined forces in circle. This was a real opportunity for tennis to make friends and show off our circling prowess, as we all know some treat us as a drinking society that enjoys a bit of casual tennis. Sadly, mixed netballers had a different idea as they taught us a lesson during the first hour of circle, with a variety of games that made us feel like we were circling in T-bar with language students.
The social secs ran separate games simultaneously, refusing to tell us what we were playing, resulting in us having to drink until we figured out what was going on. Even worse for those like myself. They quickly began swapping to German and or French (and this was proper German unlike our usual attempts). I personally struggled as we attempted bottle and 20 +1 abruptly in foreign languages. Some showed their intelligence as the linguist amongst us attempted to play, but for people like Lauren this should be easy. Instead Lauren forgot how to count in English but still had impeccable French leading her to still loose. Netball’s take on waterfalls made us reevaluate teamwork, as we had to work together as teams instead of working together to targeting poor Arjun.
Tennis then took over circle and it was Netball’s turn to struggle, as Ben and Maddie were on form as usual. Clements purple induced antics lead to my favourite moment of the night as he started tying people together in fragile tape. Tom suffered majorly when he was abruptly tied to his chair a minute before floor master. He quickly dived to the floor, chair attached to himself as he rushed not to be the last down. What he hadn’t thought about was how to get up again. He was trapped down there for a good minute before those around him realised (definitely not the most sanitary of places). When people tried to rescue him his chair folded up causing him to fall again. On the 2nd attempt at rescue the chair got caught on another chair, and fell again, with Tom still attached. Finally on the 3rd attempt he was up righted successfully.
As with every reading week Sunday social play numbers were thin, but this lead to some good tennis between those around. Matchplay suffered in numbers from the low turnout from social play but that didn’t matter as there was the Social play fixture. Teams from De Montfort and Staffordshire University rocked up to the indoor courts. University of Leicester couldn’t bear to face the competing teams and folded that very morning. During the next 3 hours, social players fought hard in competitive singles matches, followed by social doubles and finally us teaching the visitors how to play eliminator. The poor visitors had to play with the dangerous Jamie Armstrong for their first ever attempt at playing.
Our team members Angus Lockhart, Jamie Armstrong and Anna Presland battled hard and successfully won the day. Leading to being awarded bottle opener medals and a trophy that was brought to week 7 pop. Thankfully it survived the night meaning that it can be challenged for again as we play at Staffordshire week 8 Wednesday. The players for the next match are Ruhi Chitre, Tess Askins and Alex Awadallah.
That's all this week!