Taverners took to the ice with a slightly different lineup on Thursday at St.Vital. Specifically, with Mr. James on the sideline David Hakes volunteered to take his place.
On this day, it was the best of times and the worst of times, in several respects. First, to our chagrin, we found out that as a result of our efforts in the first round of the season, we were promoted to the division above. Frankly, we found the lowest division sufficiently challenging, thank you.
Then, we took to the ice against what promised to be a much stronger squad (visualize Yeovil Town against say, Wolves). This turned out to be case, as our opposition, having won the toss, scored 5 in the first end.
That said, in conversing with the skip for the opposition, it came to light that the team we were playing comprised only one original team member. This is an automatic default, but it up to us to call it. Actually, honour would demand that they confess in advance, but that’s another story.
After much discussion back and forth over the next couple of ends between the Taverners we decided that it might be unfair to other teams who would have been competing against our opposition for further promotion, if we permitted the result to stand, and we declared the default (which, as it turns out they had no issue with).
As for ourselves, if this game is an indication, we belong in the division where we started. We ended the game after four ends, mainly because the opposition ran out of scoreboard. Again anything we could do, they could do better. Too bad that their regular team didn’t show, but them’s the breaks. (Actual final score 13-1).
With the “victory” our record stands at 4-2.
Thanks to Mr. Wilcox (hey, no cast) and Mr. Vanderwert for providing a gallery, and to Mr. Roberts for coming by for drinks. Thanks to David for sparing for us. For those who might be interested we will need players starting for most of the next few months as in December as Mr. Page is taking a sojourn in Cuba and in January and February Mr. Bayney and I will be going on holidays also.
I have not yet registered for the Manitoba Open bonspiel but it will be 18-22 January for those who would like to mark their calendars in advance.