Posted on behalf of Phil
So it’s goodbye and well done Joe and welcome to our own Swashbuckler, Mark. What a great and well organised day it was too.
I was delighted to be playing with Lee and my two great buddies who most of you know, Philip and Richard. We didn’t trouble the podium but had a great day out there, 7 birdies but unfortunately one bogey. I always believe you need 12 birdies to win a scramble, and it wasn’t far off of that. The course looked good so well done to the green staff and to Matt and Rory, who do so much behind the scenes to make these days what they are. It was fantastic to see our boys, Matt, Jaggsy, Al and Richie win the day, pipping a pistols team with our Hew on countback. Good food at lunchtime and a good presentation of the prizes. We hung around for a few beers but all got home in sensible time to prepare for the evening, and to watch the Chels beat Spurs, great start to the night.
It may be the first Captain’s Ball that I have been to, normally away so I have nothing to compare it with but from the start of the evening it went like clockwork. A fantastic turn out, particularly from our swindle and the Pistols, who have really made a difference to this club since their arrival, a great bunch of guys who know how to party, I think between us we made up 80% of the numbers.
So well done to Mark and all those involved for a fantastic night. Great speech mate, loved the fines and the look on Mr Adams face when he was called up for a dance off, it was a picture. Fabulous entertainment from Mr Lovely’s son Tom and his partner Emily, well done to them, a great idea and it had everyone glued to the dance floor, I am sure I speak for all in wishing them every success in the future.
[Hew’s edit – thought I’d add a very proud Graham Loveless’ email that he sent around on Monday…]
Guys…thank you all so so much for all your compliments about Tom and Emily’s dancing last night. The little man was still buzzing today.
Last night was the biggest audience they have danced in front of outside of their normal dancing circle and competitions (where there are obviously other dancers to support them). This time they were dancing for other people’s enjoyment which brings a different sort of pressure.
They had put in a lot of practise for last night but we simply didn’t know how it would go and I was so pleased (and of course so proud) for them with the awesome reaction they received.
I was so pleased and of course proud that they were able to contribute to our new Captain’s night..
Highlight of the evening for me was seeing Richard and Mr Loveless fall arse over, taking a barmaid with them. I took to the dance floor for the second time this year, so I imagine that was fairly entertaining for most. Great meal too, it’s not an easy one to do Beef Wellington but it was really good, so well done to the chef and kitchen staff. Shame about the lager and Guiness being off, baffling really but there you go, the wine was ok.
Great idea having the roulette and the DJ was spot on. All in all a great night and I dont think we got home until 3am, it certainly feels like that now. Well done to Mr Feas for running his 5th marathon and to Dom for all his great effort collecting on his behalf. And well done to those who got up for golf the next day, you couldn’t of had as much to drink as me, surely, took me 10 hours to recover.
Well done Mark and good luck this year, we are all behind you (I don’t mean driving distance).
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