The last Squash Season begins
The drought is over, winter is definitely here. It poured rain in Busselton today, the gutters were overflowing, the drains were backed up and the quadrangle was a quagmire. Yet by this afternoon the sun was shining and the school was dry again, if you'd missed the rain you wouldn't have believed it happened at all, amazing.
I spent most of the day dealing with Country Week stuff, trying to finish my report in time for the coach's debrief at lunchtime, buying cake and drinks for the coaches as promised in my note (yes bribery is alive and well in modern education!) then meeting with Rae Marie and John after lunch to discuss plans for next year, especially to do with finances and ways to cut costs. We had a middleman agent do some of our bookings this year but I don't think it's necessary, I could do the same job without having to pay (and charge kids) more. The group were happy to approve that change and also reported it was the smoothest and most stress free country week they can remember, in fact John, a veteran of some 16 or so country weeks went so far as to say it was the best ever! That made me feel pleased, as did the coach's expressions of thanks and commendation at lunchtime. It is nice to do a job well and nicer still to be affirmed for it. I enjoyed country week and certainly learnt a bit in the process of planning and managing it. Maybe there's a career opportunity for me in event management somewhere down the track when teenagers decide I'm too old/not cool enough to be a school chaplain any more!
The rest of the day was spent doing stuff to prepare for the quiz night on Saturday night. Someone has done some work to gather prizes which is really good news, including a lunch for 8 at a nice cafe which along with a dozen bottles of wine will make a good first prize.
I really hope we get a good crowd, the success of quiz nights is determined by one basic unit of measurement, Bums On Seats!
The new squash season started tonight. It also happens to be the final squash season to be played in Busselton, possibly ever. The squash courts are being sold and redeveloped at the end of the year and that spells almost certain death of squash in the town, it's unlikely anyone will ever build another squash centre here. Squash had it's hey day in the 70's and 80's but with the rise in popularity of indoor sports centres through games like basketball, indoor cricket and volleyball squash has fallen by the wayside.
It's a shame because it's a great game and a really good workout, but ultimately, the dollar will decide it's fate, just as it does so many other things in life!
So I've signed up for one last season. I've been ranked in B2 grade, same as last season, and tonight found myself playing Annabelle, the top ranked B2 player last season! I was pretty rusty, not having swung a racquet in about 2 months, but thankfully my power serve was working ok and I won the first set. Annabelle hit back in the second to tie it up 1-1. I got on top in the third and held on to win but in the 4th she rolled me easily, winning 9-3 to take it to the fifth and deciding set.
I was sweating, breathing hard and my legs were a bit rubbery. My power serving and down the line drives were keeping me in the game against Annabelle's cross court drop shots and angled winners. I gladly accepted a couple of lucky miss-hit winners and stretched in vain for shots going past me. I tried to play her serve on the full to stop from getting tangled up in the back corners but as often as not my timing was lousy and I'd miss it completely or tip it into the back wall.
To my syrprise I got in front in the 5th and despite a few nervous moments when I surrendered the serve managed to stay there to go on and win the game. Mind you, I yelled with more relief than celebration when my final shot stayed in just above the tin and out of reach to finish the game.
I was surprised to win but pleased to do so, and to work up a decent sweat in the process.
When I got home I helped Jordy fold his junk mail while watching Enough Rope.
Now I'm supposed to be doing quiz night questions but as we know, blogging comes first!