Term 1 Week 1
Another year at God's great club is underway, under the watchful eye of our Lord, Dave of the Disco. To those of you who are new to the club this year, welcome, hopefully you're in for an absolute treat over the next 1/2/3/4/5+ years.
This year's excitement kicked off three weeks ago
with the great and the good (and the rest) of the
men's team returning from their summer holiday
early to re-hone their skills in preparation for
demolishing the Midlands Leagues this year.
Presumably strong tennis was achieved by all, I
say presumably because having just asked what
happened at pre-season, the reply I got was a
short and far from sweet: "bleep test was shite". A healthy dose of circle was also enjoyed, albeit after one social sec deemed it acceptable to rock up 45 minutes late, with it being obvious from the start that everyone's form had worryingly dropped since the end of last term. This was epitomised in one painful moment where silence descended on the room for a good ten seconds, before the general murmur of "well this is shit" could be heard. Hopefully, some of us will discover some rowdy enthusiasm quickly or else we could be in for one hell of a long year!
Tuesday saw Warwick's most electable members (and me. ha. ahaha.) take to the sports hall for a mind-numbing day of convincing people who'd never seen a tennis racket in their lives that this was indeed the sport for them. Special shout-out must go to Malina for procuring many freshers to social play by bouncing up to them and
shouting in their face despite being under no obligation to! Evidence that it was a successful day
of recruiting could be measured by the fact that we'd run out of flyers by 2:30, an impressive
oversight on our part.
As Wednesday rolled around, the first of our social
play taster sessions got under way, causing
literally thousands* of Warwick's keenest to
descend upon the hallowed clay of Westwood to
try their hand at 20+1, racket lives, eliminator and
Bluff™. An impressive level of Bluff™ was
witnessed for a first session of the year, raising
prospects that the game will once again reach the
heady heights of Messrs Matthews and Jackson. It
has long been said that the ghost of Sam Matthews haunts the courts of Westwood until someone shows potential to challenge him; only then will he come among us again.
As the light faded and the evening fell, 40 of Warwick Tennis' bravest souls headed on down to the Holy Grail of the Copper Rooms. The tension and excitement in the queue could only be matched by the tunnel before a World Cup Final. Self-titled Cam-Ron delivered a professional and entertaining performance as circle masters, whilst an exciting crowd bayed for blood/purple. There were pint races, gambles, upside-down pints and of course Tally-Ho, all before 10 o'clock came around we were treated to four hours of musical heaven. Al was called, Bay was watched, and there were even rumours that Will Grigg was in fact on fire. Next week's circle has an 'Around the World' theme, so think creatively for a costume that will simultaneously astonish and delight! Tickets may have sold out, but ask around for spares, if you're lucky there may still be some floating about. Week 3 in 'Bring a Fresher'
circle, so freshers find an old member and they should have a spare for
you; returning members go and grab yourself a fresher!
This week has also seen hundreds of hopefuls chance their arm for a
space in the team this year. The standard, as I have reliably been
informed, was "high". For those of you who made it, congratulations, to
those of you who didn't, oh well, social play's where the fun's at anyway!
Matches get under way this Wednesday, with the Women's first team
playing at home against Cambridge and an early season derby between
the Men's seconds and the Men's thirds. Spicy. So, if you'd looked at
your calendar and realised there's a gaping hole on Wednesday
afternoon, come on down to Westwood, the teams will really appreciate
all the support they can get.
Finally, our week was polished off with a much needed serving of pizza and beer in the company of our ever-fantastic exec.
Thank you to everyone who's come along to any of our events this week, we really really do hope you'll stick around for good. This coming week we have Cardio Tennis on Monday, led by Mr Abs himself, Clement Ehall; social play on Wednesday and Sunday, and the return of MatchPlay also on Sunday. Remember to like the Facebook group 'Warwick Tennis' if you haven't already for all the updates you'll ever need, about the club and indeed general life.
Love your exec xoxox
*probably about 70 in truth