In their traditional showdown, Seymour versus top-of-the-ladder Kilmore Blue, it was up to captain and coach, Marg ‘In Charge’ Welsh, to find a way to unseat the undefeated Kilmore.
Taking one for the team, Welsh stood out of the playing line to concentrate on captaincy.
From the pool of eight qualifiers emerged Chris ‘Cagey’ Maude, Seth ‘Young Gun’ Burgess, Bruce ‘The Backstop’ Anderson and Harold ‘The Hitman’ Joyce.
The venue at Broadford was neutral ground.
Kilmore had won their past two encounters with Seymour.
Master tactician Steve ‘The Strategist’ Graham, in a pre-match trademark talk, inspired confidence.
The sun now high in the sky and shadows much anticipated, the stage was set and an eerie silence came over the crowd.
After round one, the dust had not yet settled.
It was Kilmore who drew first blood and they left nothing on the court.
‘Young Gun’ and ‘Cagey’ fought hard to come back and salvage a 2/6 loss.
True to form the ‘Backstop’ partnered with ‘Hitman’ Joyce to win 6/2.
The scores were even.
‘In Charge’ Welsh and ‘The Strategist’’ Graham took charge between sets, sending out combinations of ‘Backstop’ and ‘Young Gun’.
It was a hard-hitting frenzy and Kilmore claimed a 6/4 victory.
At the same time, on show court two, ‘The Hitman’ and ‘Cagey’ were locked in a tooth-and-nail battle of epic proportions.
Graham and Welsh were not finished yet.
Something needed to be done and it was Welsh’s sandwich, featuring a special ingredient only available to members.
‘Cagey’ partnered with the ‘Hitman’ for an epic, hour-plus set emerging 7-5 victors.
With their entire year on the line, Kilmore’s lead had reduced to just one game.
Yes, folks, you heard it right.
Never before had Kilmore been challenged like this.
The only question now was whether ‘In Charge’ Welsh and ‘Strategist’ Graham could dare ask more from their team.
Having denied phone access to the confident Noel ‘Sideline’ Roberts, the rallying call to arms came from none other than ‘Backstop’ Anderson.
‘‘Play your own game,’’ he said.
And with that, the final combination of ‘Young Gun’ and ‘Hitman’ entered the court.
‘‘We haven’t lost a set all year and today’s just another day,’’ the crowd heard the ‘Hitman’ say.
The ‘Young Gun’ fired on all barrels, partnering with the ‘Hitman’ to a 6/1 victory.
The result left ‘Backstop’ and ‘Cagey’ with three games to draw or four for victory.
The last set went to Kilmore but the day belonged to Seymour, winning three sets each.
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Signing off for the winter season.
— The Hitman