The club’s annual fixture against the Jesters was as keenly fought as ever, but in the end the strength of the visitors (three of whom looked strangely familiar) was too much for us.
Representing the club were Richard Bridge, Edd Horder, Guy Matthews and Andy Pringle, while the Jesters team included James Birch and Steve Platts (established Executioners), as well as ex-Executioner Rupert Mathieu and his colleague Bertie Mills.
From the off, the Jesters had looked the stronger four, and so it proved. Guy and Edd were soundly beaten by Rupert and Bertie – the latter showing no sign of the rustiness that had been promised! On the contrary, his power found many winners, while the quality of his and Rupert’s serves made it very hard to score points.
Meanwhile, Richard and Andy were having a much closer battle with James and Steve. James, in particular, was playing very well and ably backed up by Steve, who grew in confidence as the games went on.
The long and short of jt was a big lead for the Jesters at the halfway point – and the omens took a turn for the worse when Edd Horder had to retire injured.
Happily, Ophir Even was on hand to deputise and put in a sterling performance. In fact, he and Guy took the first game against Steve and James, no mean feat.
Sadly, there were no celebrations as Andy and Richard struggled against Rupert and Bertie. The latter’s power was again a constant problem, although the Executioners would admit their tactics weren’t perhaps spot on.
A change in tactics did see them get closer to the Jesters pair in the second game, but the result was the same…
And, overall, the Jesters scored an emphatic win – although the margin of victory belied the efforts, and quality, of the Executioners.
Still, if we’ve learnt one thing for next year, it’s not to loan our best players to the opposition!
Pringle & Bridge vs Birch & Platts – 10-15, 9-15
Pringle & Bridge vs Mathieu & Mills – 3-15, 10-15
Matthews & Horder vs Mathieu & Mills – 3-15, 6-15
Matthews & Even vs Birch & Platts – 15-13, 4-11 (cut short, thrown out of St Paul’s!)
Result: Executioners 60, Jesters 114