It was hot and the sun was brutal. How brutal was it? One bald guy lacking a cap was carried out on a stretcher. (Rim shot.) Just kidding, but taking care in those conditions is no joke.
We all had fun, fun, fun–despite the long wait some of us had to endure and the challenging heat, sun, and bit of wind that kicked up during afternoon play. The Hartland volunteers worked very hard to pull off their first outdoor tournament on their less-than-one-year-old courts that are smoother than a Tom Wells backhand volley right down the center of the court. (And we all know there’s not much smoother than that.) Play-wise, it was the usual–everybody had moments of pickleball genius and moments of deep distress when you’re out there wondering how you can possibly be making the kind of errors that you inevitably do. That’s the game. Sometimes as aggravating as a Tom Wells backhand volley right down the center of the court. Am I obsessing? Sorry.
Joan Fisher and Jim Slater earned a Silver in the 3.0 bracket.
Tim Hacker and I took a Bronze in the 4.0 bracket. We did default and it’s a long, dull story involving Hacker’s shortcomings as a husband–please see him if you’re interested in details. Please see Mrs. Hacker if you’re interested in the real story–she’s lovely, by the way, and he’s a lucky guy.
Marsha Koch and Jeff Chantiny won a Silver in the 4.0 bracket. This was Jeff Chantiny’s first tournament and he overcame the kind of nightmare p-ball situation described above in one of his early matches to prevail in the matches that followed. It should be noted that Jeff and Marsha were the only team to actually take a match from the team that took Gold. Unfortunately, they needed to beat them twice–due to the double elimination format–to claim first-place.
First-place winners Merriann Murphy and Dan Seaman, who were unknown to us all, were the surprise of the day and obviously provided excellent competition. And I’d like to make a bitter crack about them, but they were too darn nice.