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    Roma Club - A sunny story

    Niloc has asked me to put this post on.

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    Wasn’t it a good idea to take all those photos last summer so that now, in the depths of winter, you can almost feel the warmth of those pictures? And suddenly remember all the little things that made you laugh.
    One of my best memories was not the hot beaches or the mountain hikes, but of a cricket match. A hilarious afternoon when 6 members of the Romahome factory cricket team took on the Roma Club ‘volunteers’ (ie those who didn’t have a good excuse at the ready when Chairman Bill Steers saw them). You might think that even six regular cricket players could wipe the floor with our motley crew – but we had a cunning plan – we changed the rules!

    Players in fancy dress get a bonus of 6 runs.

    A soft ball may be used at the request of the batsman.

    Underarm bowling may be allowed by the Umpire.

    Anyone the spectators think is taking the game seriously could have 6 runs deducted.

    Mixed sex teams are allowed.

    The Umpire may award extra runs to individuals who entertain the spectators.


    Negotiations with Romahome MD Brian Bailey proved sticky – till we offered him a pint. The rest, as they say, is history, or in this case doggerel (bad verse)

    The cricket match
    Romahome factory versus Roma Club
    ‘Twas on the good ship Isle of Wight
    The battle lines were stumps,
    Leading on his trusty crew
    Captain Brian was in the dumps
    He had about him a cricket club
    But only six could play
    Amongst them a cabin boy
    And Anna, Hip Hip Hooray
    Against them stood a mighty horde
    Of fifty Roaming folk
    Who loaned them three more players
    A bit of a pig in a poke
    Before the game could commence
    A line of pixies did appear
    Cheerleaders of the Roma Club
    An earful did we fear
    But harmonious they were
    And ‘I like to go a wandering’ did they sing
    But wait, what was that?
    Since when was ‘toilet emptying’ our thing?
    And to the game came personalities
    Bob the Builder, the Scarecrow and Rod Stewart
    That tennis ball, Oh, how hard they threw it
    Underarm or over arm it wasn’t cricket as you knew it
    The man with the hat said ‘Press’
    And eagerly on his every word we hung
    For who’s to know if he has many brown paper bags
    And each one a little ‘bung’

    Six runs for dressing up and
    With umpire and scorer on our side
    The game was finely balanced
    But then the Factory let their standards slide
    With one mighty swipe
    The ball flew like a rocket
    With a beer in one hand
    The fielder nonchalant with other hand in pocket
    So the game is over, Roma Club by just two runs
    Now we know who the scorer favours
    But was it Brian who called
    ‘You should’ve gone to Specsavers !!!’
    Colin Payn
    Publicity Officer, Roma Club
    www.romaclub.org.uk





    Bob the Builder


    1. Players in fancy dress 2. Romahome Ltd M D Brian Bailey with a captain’s innings 3. The Roma Club Cheerleaders
    Attached Files
    Graham
    Did you know you can follow us on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter or you can visit us at our Website

    #2
    He he that looks like it was great fun!

    Love the poem as well, just captures it all - I wasn't there, but it feels like I didn't miss everything now!

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      #3
      Great stuff Graham, like JayJay I wasn't there sounds like all had a great time indeed, thanks for sharing it with those who didn't attend.
      Gadgetman......... (Bryan)
      'Live without regrets'

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        #4
        Originally posted by gadgetman View Post
        Great stuff Graham, like JayJay I wasn't there sounds like all had a great time indeed, thanks for sharing it with those who didn't attend.
        Nothing to do with me I just posted for Colin he deserves the credit.
        Graham
        Did you know you can follow us on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter or you can visit us at our Website

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          #5
          Thanks for putting it on Graham. I did think of entering on the poems section but didn't want to give Ian apoplexy!
          Colin

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            #6
            That's great Colin and what lovely photos.

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              #7
              Originally posted by niloc View Post
              Thanks for putting it on Graham. I did think of entering on the poems section but didn't want to give Ian apoplexy!
              Colin
              Hi Colin,
              I thought the poem was funny, it was a great meet wasnt it, and the weather was good.The site was a really top notch site and it would be good to go back someday although the site manageress was not pleased that some early bookers turned up and then wanted to be moved onto the rally pitch a few days later.That screws up her booking for pitches at a peak time,she had a bit of a rant about it saying she wouldnt have Romaclub back again.Hopefully she was just having a bad day.
              The Isle of Wight is clearly a popular venue,roll on the next one.




              Last edited by Ian.C.S; 06-02-2011, 19:12.
              Young men sow wild oats.Old men grow sage.

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