A look ahead to a pretty big weekend
First and foremost, if the Beast from the East allows, here are the fixtures for the weekend:
As is tradition in the week running up to Blues’ Varsity. Our roving reporter sat down with the captains ahead of their big game on Sunday.
Blues’ captains interview
I’m sat in the middle of the large upstairs room at Wilberforce road. It’s early evening and I can’t help feeling like we’re missing out on one of Wilby’s great sunsets thanks to the Beast from the East. My musings are interrupted by the arrival of this year’s Blues captains, Matt Cockerill and Hatty Darling. Hatty bounds over and shakes my hand with gusto. Matt traces the perimeter of the room muttering about ¼ zips and match reports before taking his pew.
“Whoa, gosh it really is windy outside! Where’s your hair gone Matt?”
Matt: ‘Oh offer something Jean’
Hatty: ‘Grow up Matt’
(Further chat tennis ensued and then we got down to business.)
“So the weather over the last few days has certainly impacted preparations for the University Match. How have you been handling the icy conditions?”
Hatty: ‘The pitch has been frozen all week so we have been really struggling to get time with the stick and balls.’
Matt: ‘We soon realized that the pitch on V-day may not be entirely ice free and so we should probably get some practice in on the slippery conditions. Some of the boys have been finding it tough going’
Hatty: ‘Matt has actually been really helpful, giving us some tips on how to move freely while looking graceful on the ice’
(NB: It has recently come to light that Matt was a keen figure skater up until the age of 14, after which the pressures of the adult figure skating scene forced him into an early retirement.’
Matt: ‘I have experience handling the pressures of big events on the ice, I was glad to help. When I was scrote number 7 in the Dancing on Ice rendition of Oliver, I always use to say to myself “Head up, feet together. You. Are. A. Swan!”, it always helped to calm the nerves – outwardly at least! At the end of the day, when you remember ice is just slippy ground it becomes a lot easier’
“With the big day just around the corner, are you doing anything special to prepare?”
Matt: ‘I’ve left it very much up to the boys. I know Duckers has been hitting the gym hard, I think he is worried how little he fills out his playing shirt and the kite effect with the wind as it is, whereas Jerv has been carb-loading in a big way. It’s personal preference.’
‘This is what two days of not drinking water does to your rig’ – M.J. -> M.B
Hatty: ‘I’ve done the same thing. It’s completely up to the girls’
Papped. Big night out Lydia?
“Thank you so much for your time. Just to finish up, can we have a comment on the Wblues promo vid?”
Matt: ‘Yeah sure … it’s real bad’
Hatty: ‘Classic M’blues, offering the as usual’
Best of luck to both teams on Sunday!
Blues Varsity Puzzle Section
Southgate bus entertainment – all answers are loosely sports related.
The French hear strength for him (6)
Plugs the Light Brigade? (8)
Match coal slice angrily (2,7)
In panic, ingots on the cake (5)
Likelihood of scratcher container (7)