MAKING A SPLASH IN THE POOL!

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With Christmas now long gone and the autumn pool competitions in the history books time to see how the Spring pool sessions will go. The first rounds were last weekend but I was away with bus driving duties taking elementary kids to Telluride to play in the snow.

Brenda ventured over the road to the Riverfront and although playing well got knocked out fairly early. Sunday was the football post season rounds so a day by the fire only to watch a poor performance from the Broncos who we all expected to do much better. From what I have seen it looks like Seattle again to me as they are the most exciting team going into the semi finals and divisional championships.

A winter storm this week with around 8″ of heavy wet snow but it has melted for the most part although we still have a long way to go and we could get a huge dump at any time!

So this weekend, a long one, thanks to MLK day on Monday, the plan was Riverfront pool on Saturday, skiing on Sunday and collect the trailer on Monday.

Saturday and a few practice frames but I’m playing like a real novice and not enjoying my lack of talent. However we wander over and join all the regulars in the quest to qualify. Brenda is fighting a cold and is very determined even though the bug is sapping her energy. Brenda wins her first round while I lose mine although I wasn’t playing badly. I meet Anita in round two and manage to get the upper hand. Brenda has a great game against top player John McEwan but John takes it in the end.

Brenda and I now have to play and its fairly even and no quarter is asked or given and I finish with a good run for the win. (Sorry) Brenda now drinks heavily to kill the bug while I’m matched with Teresa. She is usually a tough competitor but thanks to my sponsor Gin & Tonic my eyesight and confidence are on a high and I win this one with some good shots.

Meanwhile on the winner’s side the top 4 players, Richie, John McEwan (who else), Fred and Mike (Anita’s husband who has been unstoppable of late winning the last 2 qualifiers of 2014 AND the Championship! and then opening his account with another win last week while I was up the mountain). John beats Richie and Mike loses to Fred.

More GT’s and now I’m playing youngster Austin who I lost to in Round 1. Revenge for the geriatric, so with 4 wins I’m moving up the loser’s table and now meet Richie for a place in the top three. A nicely banked Black and its all mine!

Oh, oh ! its McEwan time again but today I get the run and a great finish so with 6 wins I’ve actually made it to the final!! Fred is maybe at a distinct advantage as a non drinker thanks to a DUI while my sponsor’s have done all they can. I’m on my last ball with Fred still needing 3 and I fluff the shot which was very makeable. Fred cleans up for a well deserved victory and I can have no complaints with my second place finish having started with a first round loss!

Sunday morning and Brenda is suffering so no skiing today, just football and hallmark movies and a nice warm fire. First round of ebay sales complete and throughout ebay all the skiing equipment sales do seem much slower this year …… I wonder why ?

First match and I’m in the doldrums as Seattle just don’t seem to be in the game and look very mediocre. By the second half I’m beginning to despair but then it all changes with some brilliant play and they are back in with a chance. At the end they are all tied up and extra time is a demo of how the game should be played. Well done!

TONY DOWN

 

 

 

 

 

 

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