Our resident academic and permanent student Henry got it right. Uni 2's will be good today as they are playing Cambridge tomorrow, he asserted. And so it turned out. It got me thinking that sometimes the way the fixtures fall can be as important as who you are playing.
For example if you are playing a University side it helps to catch them at the start of the season before they are organised or at the end, as term is winding down. OMT vary according to school hockey fixtures - as for Oxford OBU you never quite know when they will be at their strongest. Other sides can vary according to skiing commitments and rugby internationals can also take a toll on availability.Always play Wallingford when the farmers are busy.
The Mens 1's manager and I often lament the passing of the old days when playing for a 1st (or 2nd) XI used to mean total commitment or, put another way, not missing a Saturday in the season. Times change.
I'm actually not complaining that the Uni 2's were at their strongest because so were we and , despite the blank scoreline , it made for an absolutely cracking game between the only 2nd XI's in this League which was as good as anything we have been involved in all season. Played in front of a decent crowd and very well umpired (that'll be a beer for me Maharajah!!) both sides were totally committed to the contest which was played throughout at pace and with no little skill.
It made for a compelling game and for the points to be shared was probably a fair outcome, although both sides had chances to nick it. If every game were as good as this one I'd be very happy.