Sunday, November 20, 2011

FriBall PickleDay - November 20, 2011

Bright sun and a breeze welcomed 9 players at Gower Park. Players: Johnny, Carol, Mike, Gary A (featured above), Ray, Jan, Lynne, Sharon and Ron. We played for about 2-1/2 hours and enjoyed the coolish day and competitive play. Below: Lynne and Carol in action.

Below: Jan and Mike

Hope everyone has a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

Spike and Cupcake

Thursday, November 17, 2011

'Level Play' - P'ball - Tuesday, 11/15/2011 -

An overcast and warmish day brought 11 players to the courts at Gower Park. Bob H even showed up, proof positive that he did not meet his maker contrary to oft-repeated rumors. Joanie was there too - after a short hiatus. In all: Johnny, Carol, Peter, Joanie, Bob H, Bob T, Mike, Steve, Gary, Ray and Ron.

Today was the first day of trying to maintain (on a trial basis) court play at two skill levels (Advance and Intermediate). It did or didn't work very well - depending on your point of view. For some, the process of assigning players to the Advanced court was a little awkward.

Nevertheless, there were many exciting matches on both courts and everyone got to play as many matches as they were up for.

Johnny showed the troops one of his many model planes that he has made over the years - a beauty made of balsa wood. I wish I tore myself away from the 'A' game court to take a look! (A pointed Editorial comment).

Above: The good old days.

See you on the courts.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

11/11/11 - Veteran's Day - Pickleball

Eleven, eleven, eleven. And, Veteran's Day.

Nine players were on hand and we had a beautiful day to boot. Players: Steve, Lynne, Carol, Johnny, Mike, Peter, Gary A, Gary and yours truly - but, not all of the time. We played long and hard and, as always had many good matches and at least a few that went into 'overtime'.

Note: If you haven't chipped into the Pickleball Fund - please see Gary A. the cost per person is $10. That whopping amount will most likely keep us supplied with Pickleballs for a year. This amounts to the paultry sum of 20 cents a week.

And: We are looking to recruit more players to help fill up our 5 courts, to bring some new blood into our group and perhaps to allow for different levels of play. If you know anyone who might be interested in taking up Pickleball - have them contact someone in the group, or bring them along to a session and some of our players will work with them on a separate court. You will be hearing more about UPG's growing pains in the near future. If you have any suggestions about recruitment, please contact Gary A.


Pickleball - Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Yon Editor and former complaint processor was on the road - so, match scheduler/ball handler Steve-E-Wonder passed this sketchy info along to the UPG publishers for your reading pleasure (or, displeasure). Either way there is no charge for this information, and IT IS NOT COPYWRITE PROTECTED.

Players: Gary A, Gary, Anne, Mike, Bob T, Peter, Ray, Jan and Steve.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Coming out of the woodwork - Tue, 11/1/11

We had a sparkling day and it brought out a good crowd who promptly occupied 3 courts. Here goes: Joanie after a 2 week absence, Johnny and Carol (out of commission for about two weeks but on the way toward a full recovery from colds), Ron and Sharon (travels, a little surgery (Ron), cold symptoms) both at about 75% after a 5 week hiatus, Jan, Steve, Anne, Peter, Mike, Gary and Bob T. That would amount to about 12 players - give or take a few. Ralph (recovering from surgery) came by to say hello. He'll be out of action for about another month.

It was good to have so many players on hand. As a result there was a lot of good action and many fine games. Some of the recovering players shortened their session but stayed on to gab and watch the final matches.                               

See you on the courts.
Sterling Stainless Masonry III