Summer is over-rated really, did anything good happen? Well I don’t know if you heard, but some Magmen had internships. In London, I think. Piglet made some of the worst purchases in club history: a £35 Barbour flat cap for “walking the dogs”, a £70 pair of jeans he already owned and arguably worst of all, he even spent more than £50 moulding the shlid. Daniel Reader managed to find and return €220 to its rightful owner while on a pilgrimage to Malia. Eeyore smashed his knee playing cricket and needed surgery – 14/15 golden stick now well up for grabs. Craig Nannestad wrote and directed a play, which even featured the immortal question regarding chickens and bears. Everybody spent Wednesday nights feeling thirsty and alone.
After 13 long long weeks, the boys returned for pre-season. Or rather, the 1st team did. Incoming club captain, Tom Metcalf, insisted upon an additional week of training to shed that summer darb and get fighting fit for the treble campaign. Pool and gym sessions as well as some crossbar fun and games (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qe5miJPicI4) saw the TGAL gang raring to go. Another new policy meant the early arrival of freshers, as six brave young men travelled to campus (and er… Kasbah) from the length and breadth of Britain. Great commitment which has paid immediate dividends – all now hold starting places in the 1’s and 2’s.
Pre-season isn’t all about hard graft. Tour to Sheffield was a huge success, the matches didn’t quite go to plan but Matt Tricker scored a brilliant goal so never mind. Did Warwick save face in the bar? Ask Casey Dennis about his 14 second pint – stuff of nightmares. Despite beating us at hockey and beers, Sheffield were superb hosts and sorted a brilliant night out. James Lowson was even offered accommodation, pity about those “6:30am Freshers’ Fairs”, eh? Altoria Saturday was large, proving sometimes big things come in small packages… or circles. If you’re getting bored of reading this post, why not just check out the highlights from all of PreSea: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJ1cXgVl0aM.
The 2014 trials took place without a bomb scare, and the results speak for themselves. At time of writing: the 1st XI have a 100% record in competitive fixtures, Team Chirps are sitting comfortably in mid-table of Midlands Prem, the 3rd team have bagged 3 points in BUCS before christmas and the 4’s have dispatched the Poly. Freshers have settled into the social scene well, even if one did have to leave School days early with head-ache… The inaugural Noah’s Ark social was a huge success and featured some of the best fancy dress in years. I doubt too many bus drivers have seen a duck getting on the U12 back from campus at 10am on a Sunday.