The sense of personal despair at throwing away the league title has long since lifted, but my computer
took slightly longer to recover from its sulk. Apparently it essentially all came down to a rook and
pawn ending in the match Bourne End 2 v Aylesbury. Enough said, but watch out for a belated roundup
of stats in the New Year.
So give or take a few postponements, its nearly the halfway point in this year's club championship
which has been a little more unpredictable than last season. A personal and unofficial reflection
on what has happened so far.
Aylesbury 1; The defending champions started the campaign by winning against Wycombe & Hazlemere 1
(yawn), but evidently distracted by off the board activities and the challenge of 'hunt the venue'
have lost tricky but winnable away fixtures against Berkhamsted and Gerrards Cross. Victory against
Wycombe & Hazlemere 2 opened the account at their new and hopefully permanent venue. Need to win
their home games if they are to get back into the running, but plenty to play for.
Berkhamsted 1: A bit stop start, a win against Aylesbury and a draw with Bourne End would normally be
regarded as good results but offset by losing at home to Wycombe & Hazlemere side which seems to
have overcome its raditional fear of crossing the county boundaries. [ See SL v Wycombe & Hazlemere
results for further evidence]. Nevertheless are tucked into second place at the turn of the year.
Chances of making further progress will probably be clearer after the trip to Aylesbury early in the
Bourne End 1: Players out of form or out of the country has meant they no longer seem the threat of
recent years, but should never be taken lightly.
Bourne End 2: Division 1 is very hard work, and have yet to win a match although struggling valiantly.
Appear locked in a relegation battle with Wycombe & Hazlemere 2.
Gerrards Cross: Proof that at least one Australian can organise a winning team. On grading the fifth
strongest side but until faltering at Berkhamsted in the last division match of 2010 had the chance
to lead into 2011. Sadly unable to raise their strongest side for that match.
Wycombe & Hazlemere 1: Having dumped the league controller after his failings last season, the
season got off to the worse sort of start with a narrow win over Wycombe & Hazlemere 2 and then
defeat by Aylesbury 1. Since then have upped the performance level and ground out four more wins.
But after last year will be taking it one game or one move at a time. [ Regular readers will note
the absence of references to Christmas trees this year]
Wycombe & Hazlemere 2: The weakest team in the league regularly gets hammered, but has edged
ahead of Bourne End 2 by winning the four pointer at home. So just need to survive the return fixture?!
And its not about just about the team score, so special praise to Vassos Georgiou who has played all
6 games for GX 1 and scored 5/6 the only player scoring above 80% from 6 games.