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A and B Team First Half Reports

Rhiwbina A clinched the Premier 1 winners spot after a tense final round, which saw them win a tight 3-2 match at Abergavenny. Mr Reliable (Ian Fenner–Evans) played superbly to win comfortably and Rich Murphy (showing a lack of bottle!!) snatched defeat from the jaws of victory by going down in the fifth after having four match balls. Glamour boy Chris Adrian lost out to a class player; his opponents this year have been of a slightly higher standard than he has been used to, to say the least!! Next half he will be more prepared. Rock solid skipper Matt Crowley was always in control and it was left to “air miles” Peter Creed to show off and slot the ball into the nick when not even looking at it to win the match. Great club commitment from our number 1 on the night, bearing in mind his busy schedule. Not present but not forgotten was honorary Welshman James Peach, who turned out throughout the year and won all of his matches, playing some stunning squash; and cult hero Theo Anderson, who cracked open a cold one on a beach down under once news of the team's win had seeped through.

It is a great achievement to win a league which many had regarded as the strongest for some years. Well done to all the players who so give so much time and effort into representing the club so well.

Rhiwbina B side looked to be up against it from the start with two stalwart players from last year, Dave Rees-Godfrey and Ollie Griffiths, being injured. On top of this, Frazer Richards had a summer off hitting a small white ball around a golf course so was rusty on his return. The inclusion of new members Jason Foster and Paul Atkinson added serious quality to the old guard of captain marvel Dave Davies, Simon Kilshaw and Simon Dews. The further addition of quality at the top of the order with Ian Fenner-Evans coming in to play in some crucial games saw some great results throughout the first half and saw the side quickly nestle in behind firm favourites David Lloyd. In the final weeks the team pulled away with some impressive results and were clear coming into the final match. This was a tremendous effort by a very strong squad, who all got on very well across the campaign-so much so that they were all out boozing on the night of the A side's final match. Clearly they were plotting the downfall of their opponents for the second half (or maybe just enjoying a curry and downing a few).

Thank you to all the club members who came down every week to watch. It’s a great vantage spot to enjoy a drink and sit and relax and watch the best club teams in Wales. Thanks to club captain Adrian Creed for all the support and the cult status buttered French bread sticks at each home match. It’s going to be tasty next year and we may have to bring in referees for these A v B matches; I’m sure they will be fiercely contested, which is great. 

Bring it on !!

 


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