I arrived at Yokine Reserve a little after 7:00 am to miserable drizzle falling and the sight of two forlorn figures drudging around the wet grass arena.
Yes, Bob and TerryW were there well before me and had set about setting the courts and grounds up as usual without any fuss or bother. We, the casters, owe these two 'gentlemen' a huge debt of gratitude. Without their efforts, our day would just not start or run on time.
Gilders turned up next, and with a little instruction, was able to roll the die to select the relevant distances for the accuracy. Group 3 for the seniors, group 4 for the veterans, and group 2 for the single-handed. No sooner was the die rolled, then Willow had the court ready to go.
I had a funny feeling something wasn't quite right, then I realized what it was. Jimmy wasn't there. Our devote veteran Jimmy Strong had failed to turn up for the first time that I can remember in a very long time.