Oxford Uni Old Boys vs Oxford Uni 28th May

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Oxford Uni Old Boys vs Oxford Uni 28th May

Post by The Doctor » Tue May 10, 2011 6:26 am

If any Old Boys would like to play in this match please pm me. :D

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Re: Oxford Uni Old Boys vs Oxford Uni 28th May

Post by El Capitan » Wed May 11, 2011 10:11 pm

Pretty darn short notice.... but I could be tempted...

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Post by bigjumbo » Fri May 13, 2011 10:51 am

[PM doesn't seem to be working at the moment.]

Andrei,

Do you have a rough idea about what time it would start? I'd like to play for the very old boys but I have some commitments in Southampton around lunchtime that day. I could be up in Oxford 2-2:30ish.

Cheers,
Joules.

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Re: Oxford Uni Old Boys vs Oxford Uni 28th May

Post by Graeme » Fri May 13, 2011 4:02 pm

We haven't agreed a start time yet but I would imagine that arriving at 2 - 2:30 would be completely fine.
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Re: Oxford Uni Old Boys vs Oxford Uni 28th May

Post by The Doctor » Sat May 14, 2011 6:04 am

Let's advertise a 1:30pm start - that way everyone will have arrived by half two. :D

Joules and John - yes, please come and play.

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Re: Oxford Uni Old Boys vs Oxford Uni 28th May

Post by The Doctor » Fri May 20, 2011 3:00 pm

1:30pm Merton bar, 28th May.

John, can you make it?

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Re: Oxford Uni Old Boys vs Oxford Uni 28th May

Post by El Capitan » Sun May 22, 2011 8:45 am

Probably too short notice. I'll check though.

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Re: Oxford Uni Old Boys vs Oxford Uni 28th May

Post by Graeme » Thu May 26, 2011 3:01 pm

I think we've got enough players for the current uni team, plus Mike Hart and Pete F have said they're happy to play for either team.

Unfortunately Merton College's bar doesn't open to serve drinks until 6 or 6:30 but if anyone wants to bring refreshments, beer etc. to the games room from outside that's fine.

We had a pretty close match two years ago, wonder how this one'll go... anyhow should be good, looking forward to it :D.
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Re: Oxford Uni Old Boys vs Oxford Uni 28th May

Post by The Doctor » Tue May 31, 2011 12:44 pm

The Old Boys won an intense and enjoyable encounter 9.5 - 5.5 (as far as I remember).

Thank you to Graeme and the current boys for hosting us and to the alumni for making the trip.

I'll leave it to Graeme to post the full results and tell all about the unusual format we used for our singles matches. :)

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Re: Oxford Uni Old Boys vs Oxford Uni 28th May

Post by Graeme » Mon Jun 06, 2011 11:53 am

Apologies for not posting this sooner, I was busy all of last week.

As Andrei says it was a fun match although pretty one-sided (I make the final score 10.5 - 4.5 in favour of the Old Boys)... We had six on each side so played 9 doubles (each pair plays each opposition pair) and 6 singles matches. Actually the Old Boys had only five so Mike played with a different partner in each match and Dan played singles twice.

Doubles (first to five best of three)

Current Boys:

1 - Graeme Addison & Brodie Pearson
2 - Stanislav Burlakov & Dan Sheppard
3 - James Paul & Alan Shirfan

Old Boys:

A - Dan Gallon & Andrei
B - Mike Hart + random
C - Joules Rathke & Pete Franklin

1 vs A: 2-5 5-3 2-5 (OB)
1 vs B: 3-5 5-3 5-3 (CB)
1 vs C: 3-5 5-1 3-5 (OB)

2 vs A: 2-5 3-5 (OB)
2 vs B: 3-5 5-2 5-2 (CB)
2 vs C: 4-5 1-5 (OB)

3 vs A: 3-5 4-5 (OB)
3 vs B: 3-5 4-5 (OB)
3 vs C: 0-5 4-5 (OB)

For the singles time was getting on as several of us wanted to watch Barcelona spanking Utd in the Champions League Final so we modified the format. We decided to play timed matches (so play for 6 minutes, normal time limit of possession on bars applies). This was fun for a change, I wonder if it could be adapted to tournament play somehow. There was considerable variation in the number of goals that were scored.

Singles

Graeme Addison 6 - 10 Andrei
Stanislav Burlakov 5-4 3-5 1-5 Joules Rathke (Stan had to leave early so this one was played before we decided to changed the format)
Brodie Pearson 5 - 5 Pete Franklin (this is where the 9.5 - 5.5 final score comes from as we hadn't thought about playing a decider for the timed format so just left the match as a draw)
James Paul 2 - 8 Mike Hart
Alan Shirfan 9 - 4 Dan Gallon
Dan Sheppard 4 - 2 Dan Gallon

Many thanks to the Old Boys for coming, was a fun game which we will hopefully do again next year. Also especially well-played to Joules Rathke whose 3-bar was on fire throughout. And unlucky Danny G who proclaimed "I'm not going to lose to someone from Catz" immediately before his 9 - 4 humiliation at the hands of Alan...
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