Match Report for 7/4/2004

Dragons 1st 3 V 2 Chester Rugby 3rd (Away)

The last match of the season was the local derby with Chester Rugby Club, and also arguably the best match of the season.

Chis van Wyk kicked things off storming through the first game against a shell-shocked Al Holl, who recovered to narrowly take the second game. It was nip and tuck from there on in and it seemed a pity that either player had to lose, but Al took it 9-7 in the fifth.

Meanwhile on the next court Colin Elson looked to be tailing off the season at 0-2 and 2-6 down, but the 'never say die' attitude then kicked in, along with a subtle change of tactics, and lo and behold Colin had recovered his lost cause and turned it into a brilliant 3-2, 10-8 in the fifth victory to level the match.

Captain Brian Meehan, then strode on court with the unenviable task of trying to stop the 'steamroller' known as Craig Chadwick!! And even more uneviable it became as 'Chunky Chadwick' took the first game, but the wily Dragons skipper had obviously got the measure of his opponent, and, withstanding the odd tirade or two, played some top notch squash to consign Craig to a rare 3-1 defeat.

Giles Cook was next on and got off to a flyer against 'Tricky' Ricky Popplewell, and was 2-0 up within a matter of minutes. Meantime next door Paul Arthur went off like a 'whirling dervish' against Peter Lee which lasted the entire match, i.e. not very long, as Paul truly 'dungered' Peter for the loss of only a few points, in a 3-0 trouncing.

Back on the show court it was now 2-1 to Giles but Rick had his eye in and levelled the match at 2-2, with the team score also at 2-2, there was all to play for. Not for nothing is Giles known, and he showed this in the last game as he eased through to a 9-4 win to take the match 3-2 for both himself and the team.

And so to finish the season, a great win against the champions (good luck to them in the play-offs) and a third place finish. Well done to a committed Dragons squad, and Philip Noble, winner of the, 'who should be committed' trophy for an unprecedented 5th year in a row - allegedly!!!

Dragons 2nd 3 V 2 Cheshire Oaks 2nd (Home)

Dragons went into the last match against bottom of the table Cheshire Oaks hoping to finish the season with a flourish.

Good Wins for Andy Butters 3-2, promoted to number 1 for the evening, and David Jack 3-0, were backed up by a splendid victory for Godfrey Angove 3-1 over Jon Hunter, who was unbeaten in 18 division 2 matches. It was pointed out afterwards that Jon was only playing in division 4 due to the fact that he has a dislocated knee, which hampers him somewhat, although to balance things up, it is alleged that Godfrey has numerous dislocated brain cells!!

The race for the evening's duffbag title was narrowly taken by Andy Senior from Val Thompson, both scraping up but a few points in 3-0 trouncing's!! It has been suggested that they may find darts more suitable. Nothwithstanding those two duffers, the team managed to finish an up and down season in a creditable 5th place, and will probably have their work cut out to finish above the 3rd team next season, especially under the new management 'dream team' of Spaven and Butters... or should that read 'nightmare'?

Dragons 3rd 5 V 0 Heswall 6th (Away)

The final match at Heswall was the chance for the Dragons 3rds to hold on to their top table position which had been sneaked the previous week.

First on John Partridge cruised to an easy 3-0 victory against Tony Marks dropping a mere 2 points.

Young Steve McMahon at 2 was against the experienced Pete Burrows. In this case youth triumphed over experience to secure a 3-1 win.

Mark Bryant produced some variable squash but managed to secure a 3-2 win when he finally stopped messing about and started playing.

Tony Elliott delivered the decisive performance of the night to notch up the points to secure league victory with a 3-1 win.

Last on Ian Kerrod also secured a 3-1 with the pressure now off.

Another full house for the 3rds ended the season in good form and promises a challenging season in the Autumn. Watch out the 2nds!

This also puts the team into the play-offs, the first round is at home to Alderley Edge 2nd on 21st April - Best of British, chaps!!



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