With thanks to some of the team members I had been
given many insights about Club Team games and relished the chance
to play in one. The butterflies began from the point of which I
recieved a phone call from Simon Swain asking me to play on the
very day of the match. I did not expect to be involved and
immediately mixed emotions went through my head combining
excitement and nervousness. Eventually I took on words of advice
from my friend Paul Main who strictly told me to just relax and
enjoy, which i took on board.
Finally we arrived and I was feeling pretty calm and confident and
was looking forward to play but it was then the bombshell was
thrown on me. I was first up against the MK number 5 and my nerves
went sky high.
We eventually warmed up and started the game. I managed to hold
the first game putting the pressure on but my opponent managed to
take the lead due to my unforced errors and by that time the game
was over. I was really angry at myself as I was missing shots which
normally came second nature to me but due to my nerves I was just
The second game was a complete wipeout as he was just too
strong. Playing really coercively to the back corners pushing me
really hard and testing my agility as well as my stamina, I worked
extremely hard to stay in the game.
In the final game the table started to go in my favour where I
took a clear four point lead and I could see that my opponent was
tired. But his experience prevailed leading to a 15-8 loss for
In hindsight I certainly could have played alot better than I
did and was more worried about getting things right rather than
playing with my natural instinct. I should have relaxed as that
would have helped my develop a flow in the game which I was not
really able to and raised the level to make it a tougher job for my
I was pleased to see him exhausted by the end of it as I didn't
throw him the game, trying to retain some club dignity. I am so
glad that I have been given this opportunity because not only is it
a wake up call as to where I am in terms of my level but also I
feel quite chuffed considering I have worked hard over the past
year to improve my game and be more competitive. For some it may
not be much, but I personally feel a sense of achievement even
getting this far.
I now look forward to the next opportunity not only to prove to
the club but also prove to myself that I can do better and
hopefully assist LDSC2 make some loud noises in the league!