It was the singles knock out last night (11th Feb) and I had three team members in. Sadly one was not well which left two and myself as chalker.
My neighbour came for moral support and company, and we arrived at the venue in plenty of time.
It was empty.
Seems there was a change of venue following the sudden death of one of the committee members, and everything had been put out on Facebook. The organisers know I am not on FB so it was pure luck that we found out in time and I could let the two girls know, as they weren’t aware either.
I had words to say when we went in and I signed my girls on. Apparently the time had been changed too to 7.15 instead of 7.45, so as I didn’t know that either and it was nearly half past, they had to include my two and do their paperwork again (tough. I was cross).
With both divisions playing at the same place, it was packed and uncomfortably hot, but at least they were kept separate and it wasn’t such a shambles of organisation as the pairs had been a little while ago.
One of my girls played early and got knocked out so I chalked the next game as is the tradition for the losing side. No problem, though I asked for a marker pen for the white board as I cannot get on with electronics and the other chalkers had cocked up scoring big time on other matches.
My other girl wasn’t put on until 9 30, though I was asked to chalk another game beforehand, which I did quite happily. Sadly she lost too, and then they had the raffle so things were put on hold for a bit.
The team member who only wants to play away games and has not been in touch was there with her fiance. He asked if I’d put her in for the knockout and I said No as I had to put the names in 2 weeks ago. I’m sorry if she was miffed about that, but I’m not running round after her when she has no interest in our team and has already agreed to play for someone else next season.
The raffle was a great success, raising £400 for the family of this lady, who we had played a fortnight ago. She was only 51, had been taken ill on Thursday and admitted to hospital where she had a heart attack on Saturday morning and died. It has been a shock to everyone.
The games resumed, and I rang Hubby to come and collect us as I didn’t seem to be needed to chalk another game. People were leaving and it was thinning out, but the intention was to play down to the final of each and as there were still a fair few games to play, it looked like being a late night.