Weekend wash up: 9-10 November 2019
'Great things are done by a series of small things brought together' – Vincent Van Gogh.
And there were certainly great things happening this weekend as we surf into this week's Wash Up, riding a purple wave of victory akin to that depicted in Hokusai's 'The Great Wave off Kangawa.'
This weekend saw Men's Indoor 1sts and 2nds get their campaigns underway at Fleming Park and the 1sts continued where they left off last season, by winning all 3 opening matches. I'll leave it to President, Scott Dale, to run you through the highlights of Cricket's opening salvo.
The 1sts began their championship defence with a strong performance against Portsmouth 2nds, racking up an impressive total of 123 thanks to retirements from Aryan Gupta [26*] Milo Price [27*] and Krissie Mistry [26*]. The batting was replicated with an equally impressive bowling performance with debutant Nick Ward claiming MOM for his figures of 3 wickets for just 3 runs with Kurt Richardson's 22, the only response from the 2's. Southampton were up next for the 1sts, in a pulsating encounter that went down to the wire! A stand out knock from Southampton's opener got them up to a total of 98, before being bowled out. Enter, Portsmouth opener Aryan Gupta [37*] to come back to finish the job off by himself under intense pressure. The final game of the day was a potential banana skin, in Southampton 2's. After an out-of-sorts bowling and fielding display, the 1sts were chasing 110. Strong batting again from Gupta [26*] and Price [27*] and the job was finished by Ward [20*] Mistry and Hasnaat Abass to leave the 1sts with a perfect 3 wins from 3.
The 2's bounced back from their defeat against the 1's with a perfect chase against Southampton 2's. Their target of 118 was easily reached due to strong performances from MOM, Tim Dethridge [25*] Jamie Thakrar [25*] and Henry Pelling-Smith [24*]. Their final game was against Southampton 1's. Having been put into bat, the 2's reached 102 thanks to good displays from Thakrar [25*] and Pelling-Smith . It didn't go our way with the ball however despite some very good bowling from debutant Aaron Patel who finished the game with figures of 2-16.
A special mention to Aryan Gupta as the day's standout performer scoring 90 runs without getting out! A good day at the office for Portsmouth, who look to go again this weekend against Bournemouth, Chichester and Brunel to seal their passage forward in defence of their title.
The Destroyers travelled to Reading on Saturday to get their season underway and set the tone for what's to come with a superb 29-0 success on the road, running in 4 Touchdowns from Aidan Stammers and Team MVP, Sam Hassan who finished the day with 3 rushing touchdowns and 10 carries for 36 yards.
I'll pass you on to the club's Head of Media and Kicker, Brad Whiteman to guide you through the highlights –
'The Hammer award for the biggest hit of the day went to Offensive Tackle Lawrence Cornwall-Baptiste for his huge pancake on the Reading Defensive End.
Play of the game went to Harrison Jones for his hit on a receiver which popped the ball out into the hands of Eddie Koppoe who ran it back to the 1 yard line.
Rookie MVP went to Milton Vita for his consistent aggressive blocking on the offensive line in his first game ever!
Special Teams MVP was awarded to Josh Reilly for his long snapping in the difficult wet and muddy conditions.
Offensive MVP was awarded to the whole offensive line for their domination of the opposition all game long.
Defensive MVP went to Nathaniel 'Tanky' Thatcher who finished the day with 1 solo, 4 assists, 1 TFL [Tackles for Loss Yards] 1 sack, 3 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries. A dominant display for his first game as a Destroyer.'
Bradley Whiteman also knocked over 3 from 3 extra point attempts with Conor 'Dre' Walton scoring on a 2 point conversion attempt.
This win leaves them top in Tier 1, from 2nd placed Holloway, who also saw success on opening day with a convincing win at home to Brighton, who will be the Destroyers next opponents when they visit Langstone next Sunday for another 12 Noon showdown.
A.F photographs credited to @Francesco-fotography
Men's 1sts excellent form continued as they beat visiting Hertfordshire 2nds at Spinnaker, 11-7 to maintain their position at the top of SE2A, with an impressive 4 wins from 4, with their closest rivals now 8 points adrift.
Man of the Match Marwan Kisserwan got a hat-trick and 2 assists in a complete individual performance for the 1's. Top scorer, Tonye Sotonye, Sam Johnson and the impressive James Douglas grabbed 2 apiece with a goal from Dan Allen and an O.G rounding off the scoring on the day. There were further assists from Captain, Patryk Cekus  Josh Barrett, Oscar Hall and the lethal Sotonye. Next in the league is an away trip to Surrey on the 24th, but it's the cup for Pompey next Sunday and Herts 2nds return to Spinnaker for a repeat of this week's fixture as Pompey will be looking to emulate this weekend's display and progress to the next round.
Ultimate's annual 2 day Indoor Tournament saw 18 teams compete against each other, with 4 representing Portsmouth's 'Sublime,' moniker.
Here's Club and Men's Captain, Thomas White to give you the rundown on all things Sublime 2019.
Sublime 4 – MVP Nathan Dickens
Consisting of two experienced players (Mollie Winter and Oli Rayfield), the rest of the squad were all new to the sport and most were entering into their first tournament. Highlights for the team were securing their first point against much fancied Horsham on Day 1, and 2 points recorded against Fly Hard on Day 2, in what was a commendable effort from Sublime 4's.
Sublime 3 – MVP Dan Squire
A tough opening fixture saw a 8-1 defeat against the Chichester Cobras, who'd finished third in Mixed Regional's two weeks ago. Defeat against Leamington Lemmings followed, but the team showed heart and improvement on offence, in an 11-3 defeat against Norwich, an 11-2 loss against Triangle and 6-2 loss against the Wight Wild Cards, the local Isle of Wight team. More improvements were made on Day 2, with a narrow 4-2 loss against Fly Hard, and a 5-3 loss to Scoober Doo, before recording a hard earned 4-0 win over Sublime 4's in their final game.
Sublime 2 – MVP Harry White
A 10-3 loss against quality opposition in 'The Void' and another defeat to Rawhyde, was followed by a narrow 4-3 victory in their third match of the day, before they suffered another defeat to the best team in the competition, Rhumba who had multiple GB players in their rank. A 7-2 loss against Horsham X ended Day 1 for the 2's. Day 2, saw them play against the graduate team High Flying Penguins, going down 6-2 in this one, before defeat against Norwich and then to Sublime 1 – in a tight encounter 6-4, rounded off the tournament and the weekend for Sublime 2.
Sublime 1 – MVP Thomas White
The 1sts opened with a 12-0 victory over Sublime 4, before defeats to Horsham O, Pool and then back to back close encounters of the Sublime kind against the High Flying Penguins and Leamington Lemmings, with Sublime 1 on the wrong end of 5-4 score lines in both matches. Day 2 went much the same way for Sublime 1, in what was a disappointing tournament overall for Sublime 1.
So that's us done for another week, but please join us next week for even more action as in a bumper edition, highlights include... Swim off to BUCS Short Course, Women's Cricket begin their campaign in Canterbury, Men's Cricket return to Fleming Park looking to seal qualification to the final stages of their tournament, Women's Ultimate host Brighton and Chichester in the first leg of their BUCS league competition, Futsal begin their Conference Cup campaigns and American Football welcome Brighton to Langstone...
And remember, the reason winning teams always look so easy on the eye, as though redefining simplicity, is not just about talent, but glorious, exhausting, never-ending hard work. I think that bloke who took his name off one of those Ninja Turtle Dudes summed it up best when he said –
'If People knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn' seem so wonderful at all...' – Michelangelo.