It’s been half a season since the drawing of names for league singles was introduced, so I thought I’d give you an update on how it’s going for me and my team-mates.
If this is the first you’ve heard of it, perhaps you’d like to take a quick read of my initial post (If You can’t be Good, be Lucky) from the Summer when the rule change was introduced.
Previously on My Darting Life…
The general gist of it is that up until this season, the captain of each team could decide what order to play their players for
the singles part of the match. This was particularly advantageous to the away captain, as the home team was required to write their next players name down first. The away captain could then play tactically to make the best use of the players at their disposal. It was voted in that the playing order of the singles would be decided by the drawing of names randomly. The general consensus of our team was that this would be bad news for us, as we had risen to third in the B Section of the league by making quite good use of the advantages offered by the old system. It was decided however, that we would give it a go and see how things panned out.
To add further spice to the story, the league saw fit to promote us to the top section (A) as the numbers in that Section needed to be made up. This news was met with trepidation by some, but on the whole the team seemed up for the challenge. Realistically, we know we will have done well if we don’t finish bottom – a lack of strength in depth and almost nil experience in the top Section, along with not being able to select players tactically anymore will almost certainly see us relegated come the end of the season in March.
Could Do Better, Easily Distracted
Like one of my old school reports, the bottom line is that we could do better.
At the half-way point of the season, we have yet to win (or even draw) a match, having lost eight-out-of-eight so far, however, the signs are encouraging, but it might just be too late to rescue ourselves if we get going now.
Some of the matches have been properly tough and we’ve taken a couple of pastings, but we expected that against those teams. Where we need to pick up in the rest of the season is against those teams in and around us at the bottom of the table.
Better finishing and an improved team spirit would certainly go a long way to taking a few more points against those teams.
On a personal note, I’m really pleased with the way I’ve played, despite having lost four-out-of-five (and missed three) matches, I’ve impressed most of the time, not panicked and concentrated well. Up until our last match I hadn’t actually done quite enough to win a singles, but I won the last match of the first half 3-1 and feel confident that I can pick up some more wins between now and the end of the season.
So, I guess my summary would be, we’re being quite good, but not very lucky at the moment.
If you’ve enjoyed this update (or would like to pass on some best wishes!), feel free to leave a comment below.