Through to last 16 of Nottingham Cup (handicap)
Through to last 16 of Derby Cup (handicap)
Still joint top of Derby Division 1, not sure who is technically top with game difference. Playing one of the 2 other teams who are joint top in 2 weeks time. My average is P15 W 14.
Nottingham our team has dropped down to around 5th, as we haven't played our stronger players week in week out. I've not played another Notts match since week 1 of the season.
Don't get me wrong, I'm enjoying Derby 1st division, it is a step up from last season, but whilst I'm winning games, its not showing me to the best of my ability, and I want some tougher games. I almost lost a game last night, I was 2-0 down. I expected an easy win after beating their two other players 3-0. I really had to turn on another gear to win. The fact is the guy wasn't a bad player, and I needed more intensity to win. I just wish I could be playing at this intensity every game, its the only way I'm going to improve. It's hard to play intense when you know that your opening loop isn't going to get returned. It's becoming clear that there is a big divide between the top 4 teams in the division and the rest.
Having said that, next round in Nottingham cup should be good. My handicap has been moved from a 'P' to an 'N'. I'm always working towards next season and this would currently put me at around 50-60% div1, if you have any respect for the handicaps! We have been drawn against a lower 1st division side, and my handicap is above all their players meaning they will get something like a 4/6 start (to 21) against me. I only enjoy handicap because I get to play new players, moving through the rounds is always fun, but I'm not too fussed. However, its a competition, and naturally, I want to win.
Recently have really been struggling with mid height kill shots. I think some multiball is in order. It's the kind of shot that if I hit, gives me confidence, and if you miss, it knocks me. Need to sort it. Just the balls that are mid table distance from net and say about 2ft from table surface at a guess. I reckon I missed about 20ish last night. Obviously there are positives in this, I still won my games, and I'm obviously creating the opportunities, but just haven't got the finishing.