Its finally over for me, the 2011/12 season has been a successful one, I've seen my national mens ranking fall slightly (down 20 places to 110) but my vets has gone up slightly from 36 to 32.
Winning the Lincs mens singles title has to be the high point though, and as I have only lost to two Lincolnshire players all season ( Mark Donoghue in the vets final and John Hancock in the Moran trophy) in all competitions ( I beat Paul Johnson in both the British league and the Haig cup) I feel justified in holding the title of 'county number one' for now at least.
I always like this time of the year, its time to take stock of your game (and weight in my case) and have a rest from serious practice and matches. I know that many players don't understand properly what its like to have 'burn out' because they have never been committed enough to put the long hours of dedication in to their schedules, and they also have never reached their full potential. I hate practice, it feels like a chore, especially when there is nothing exiting coming up to play in competitively, I Prefer coaching, at least there is potential for improvement of the pupils. I have amassed so much TT knowledge through the years, its amazing, and I am still obsessed with keeping up to date, so whilst you lot are watching footy etc, or practising hard, I spend my evenings on the TT forums conversing with players/coaches from around the world.