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Initial post: 29 Mar 2012 11:15:51 BDT
MC Zaptone says:
I can see which sports are proving popular for spectating but what about playing. I suspect that for instance those who hate cricket may never of played it.

I'll declare my hand: I played Sunday league football until I was 33, Then kept wicket for my pub cricket team until a couple of years ago. I regularly played snooker and pool until about 15 years ago. I still play Badminton occasionally. I am now into my second season of Lawn Bowls (indoor & out) and progressing slowly. It is incredibly difficult to remain consistent and very, very tactical. I'm also learning to be a groundsman which is a complete science and bluddy hard work.

What is/was your game?

Posted on 29 Mar 2012 11:33:59 BDT
Last edited by the author on 29 Mar 2012 12:33:35 BDT
I suspect that those that hate certain sports such as cricket, MC, were forced into playing the abomination at school , and would rather have sat in detention doing lines instead as it would have been less boring ! Similarly I suspect that many smaller males of my age detest Rugby and the like from school where they were mercilessly bullied by people twice their size and weight. Not me in this case, but I know it happened . School Games lessons have a lot to answer for ...I skived off after year 2 at my Grammar School after realising that a seperate Games Register was kept , and if you didn't turn up on week 1 , you were not missed all year. I spent the time more productivly getting my homework done and dallying with the girls from the local school who also realised they could get out of games by similarly not turning up. The games we played were far better than the normal school fare of rugby , hockey , cricket atheletics and cross - country running.

I played American Football as a wide receiver for a local team , have a number of Pool trophies and played league Ten Pin Bowling . I am a vice president of a local Rugby union side , but never played. I occasionally use the munipal pitch & putt , but it's more Hack & Whack the way I play it.

Posted on 29 Mar 2012 12:26:20 BDT
Derek W. says:
Nothing other than, like Kevin, League Tenpin Bowling, but retired from that about 3 years ago.

Posted on 29 Mar 2012 13:27:31 BDT
I regularly played the field in my younger days. Was never much of a sportsman though. :)

Posted on 29 Mar 2012 13:31:14 BDT
T. Franklin says:
Not played any sports since leaving school

Posted on 29 Mar 2012 13:43:22 BDT
Lez Lee says:
I spent my 5 years at grammar school avoiding all gym and games by producing my doctor's note (severe asthma) whenever challenged. I actually hadn't had an attack since I was 9 but I was a good actress. If things looked dodgy I had a back-up plan - I bandaged an ankle and limped slightly. I even managed not to learn to dance.
I doubt if the teachers were fooled but I obviously wasn't worth the hassle of a confrontation.

Posted on 29 Mar 2012 14:58:06 BDT
Nugent Dirt says:
At my school cricket was compulsory, the only good thing about it being if it was a warm sunny day, it was always nice to lie down n the outfield having a crafty tab. From there I developed a lifelong loathing for the game. The only other respite was walking back via the tennis courts where the girls were.
Played rugby for the uni 1st XV. I like the sport but never really got into the post match homo erotic antics in the changing rooms.
Nowadays in the winter skiing's my main thing and is one of the reasons I moved out to Germany. Also get to luge, toboggan and best of all ride skidoos. Summertime's all about mountain biking and paragliding, another benefit of being out here.
Otherwise it's swimming for general fitness

Posted on 29 Mar 2012 15:01:15 BDT
Last edited by the author on 29 Mar 2012 15:02:49 BDT
TheFoe says:
Played five aside football every weekend age 18 -22, only stopped because I moved home. In one memorable match a friend videoed the game and I scored 5, but before I had a chance to watch it, he accidently erased it and I was gutted for ages.

Used to play snooker, and got to the doubles final in my local Con club, we lost because I was so nervous, (we had a ref and spectators in the final), that I had a few pints of Double Diamond beforehand for dutch courage, and as a result played appallingly.

Up until I slipped a disc, my wife and I used to play badmington. I've never beaten her, though came close once, the game ending 20.19.

Posted on 29 Mar 2012 16:27:02 BDT
easytiger says:
100m, javelin,hammer and shot for school. Tnemouth under 11s football. Cricket and rugby at senior school-sent for trials with Gosforth(Now Newcastle Falcons) but not big enough at time. Bit of boxing.
Played football for Vembo FC in Gabon until 33 and knackered leg.
Pool-reached the dizzy hieghts of third place in the Tolworth and disirict pool league.
Now keep fit through cycling and jungle treks and chucking things about.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Mar 2012 16:31:10 BDT
MC Zaptone says:
TheFoe I'm glad to hear that you've never beaten your wife, I don't think it would count as sport anyway ;o)
Drinking Wife-beater, now that's a sport I reckon a few on here have excelled at!

Oh, yeah, thanks Nuge I forgot swimming, that's something I try do do at least twice a week, can't beat it for a quick, low impact work out followed by a steam room. I've never been ski-ing, don't think the old footballers knees could handle it, always fancied the luge or toboggan any tips on a good resort to learn?

Posted on 29 Mar 2012 16:31:49 BDT
Last edited by the author on 29 Mar 2012 16:32:05 BDT
We don't seem to have many, if indeed any golfers amongst the Amazon fellowship, which I must say makes a pleasant change. I find myself constantly in the company of people who seem to spend every waking minute obsessing over said pastime, whether it be people that I meet in my professional life or the regulars in the pubs that I frequent. If they're not playing, they're discussing previous rounds that they have played in painstaking detail. Personally, it's a subject on which I have always been well and truly in the Mark Twain camp.

Posted on 29 Mar 2012 16:43:31 BDT
Lez Lee says:
I still find it odd to see little boys carrying golf-clubs to school.

Posted on 29 Mar 2012 16:48:08 BDT
easytiger says:
Forgot to mention a few years playing golf-gave it up for the very reasons you stated. Used to do a lot of sea fishing but again same reason.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Mar 2012 17:10:47 BDT
Nugent Dirt says:
MC - One of the most fun things they offer at Tignes for sure is luge-ing down to Val d'Isere...in the dark. That's quite a crack, not knowing what you're going to hit. But if you're hard enough there's the legendary Cresta Run (toboganning) at St Moritz in Switzerland. Have yet to go there myself.
Liq - yep, it sure is good to find. My former bosses back in Cheltenham were golf nuts. I think my contempt for that pastime (not a sport in my book, any more so than darts or shove h'appeny) was a major barrier to promotion. My brother's a keen player too but then he is a bit of a twonk it has to be said.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Mar 2012 17:17:29 BDT
MC Zaptone says:
Nuge, I don't think going head first down a mountain on a tray in the dark is quite what I meant by learning/begginers !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted on 29 Mar 2012 17:31:18 BDT
Last edited by the author on 29 Mar 2012 21:17:41 BDT
At my junior school sport was mandatory every day and at secondary school (minor public school) at least three times a week. They had to find something to do with us apart from the routine s*d*mising! Hated rugby, mainly because at the age of 13, I was 4 foot 10 inches and thinner than the Thin White Duke. Put on some more height and weight since then!

Gave up cricket after one year away at school and took up tennis instead. Not many people played tennis, although we had three good grass courts and we managed to start a team to play other schools. I have always played tennis off and on but when I lived in London, I took up squash and played 2 or 3 times a week for about ten years. When I came back to Leicester, somebody at work introduced me to badminton and I got completely hooked. I have been playing it ever since, scratching around in the lower levels of the Leicestershire league. The trouble is now I am in my mid 50's, the opposition are getting younger and fitter and it takes me longer to recover after each match. So it might be time to take up something less energetic, like sitting at home listening to music with a nice drop of malt!

Posted on 29 Mar 2012 17:35:43 BDT
Played rugby (selected for county squad at colt level) and cricket when younger and not too bad at a couple of field events. Lack of stamina meant I wasn't a natural runner so cross country and middle distance was what I hated doing (conversely, my brother was very good in running events and won a couple of area competitions when at high school). Similar to Nugent, I was put off playing rugby for local club after witnessing some of their less savoury practical jokes and humiliating 'rite of passage initiation ceremonies' (i.e. what members of the senior XVs used to do in the younger players' beer...) - just TOO out there for my liking. I also became quite myopic as my 20s wore on so maybe playing rugby with contact lenses in wouldn't have been a good idea anyway.

Posted on 29 Mar 2012 17:52:27 BDT
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Posted on 29 Mar 2012 18:30:55 BDT
Had asthma until I was 11 when a specialist put me on a course of physical therapy to strengthen my lungs. Took up running and found I was good at middle distances, i.e. 800m, 1500m and 5000m and cross-country. Also ventured into cycle racing but didn't have parents interested in sport to finance/support me.

Ran for Aldershot, Farnham and District, Surrey County, Southern Counties AA, National and at International level. Took up running again as a veteran in 2001 winning the 2002 Southern Counties 1500m which placed me 15th on the world rankings.

Tried Orienteering - but its no good going fast if its the wrong direction.

Placed 4th for speed pistol event in NRA Champs at Bisley.

Won a short-course Triathlon in '96 at first attempt.

After being ill for three years I got fit enough in 2007, with the help of my GP, to compete for Hampshire in the Inter-Counties at race walking (cos' I'm not allowed to do impact sports anymore). Currently, the illness seems to have got the better of me but I'll be damned if I'm taking up bowls.

Posted on 29 Mar 2012 19:22:37 BDT
Gordon Dent says:
I mostly played hockey at school. I played cricket, too, but, despite being a decent bowler, I couldn't bat, catch or throw. I started playing squash in sixth form and played on & off for several years, with a more regular schedule around 1994-96. Since I came back to the UK in 1998 I haven't played any sport regularly. We play the students at football & cricket once a year (and get soundly thrashed), but I don't play anything else these days. My only real exercise is walking the dog, in the canine perambulation rather than Rufus Thomas sense.

Posted on 29 Mar 2012 19:31:23 BDT
TheFoe says:
Great game we used to play at school, involved running, tackling and a bit of water. We called it kiss chase, and they said I was responsible for the girls doing so well in the 100m sprint! ;-)

Posted on 29 Mar 2012 20:29:45 BDT
S.R.J says:
Played football up to the age of 45, including 5 a side but had to stop playing that around 40ish...pace was too much. I then took up refereeing sunday league for a few years ,but got fed up of the abuse- mainly from spectators!
Loved cricket and played for a pub team up to 5/6yrs ago-once got a hat trick!
Incidentally can I recommend this- " Beyond A Boundary ", probably the greatest cricket book ever and without doubt one of the finest sport books too.
S.R.J

Posted on 29 Mar 2012 20:42:39 BDT
Last edited by the author on 29 Mar 2012 20:45:08 BDT
Carradale says:
Football at primary and out of school at secondary. Rugby at secondary (athletics and tennis too) and on to FPs for a couple of years but got fed up with lads "humour" and drinking. Football and rugby at college . Cycled a lot as a youth to fishing spots. Swimming always and still. Getting back to hillwalking

Posted on 29 Mar 2012 22:30:23 BDT
RedJohn says:
Played most sports, some better than others, particularly swimming and cycling. Won Liverpool U16 50 yd freestyle championships (29.6secs - slow by todays standards) and 2nd in 100yds. Represented Liverpool, Lancashire and Northern Counties in Nationals. Competed in the Wallasey to New Brighton swim in the River Mersey once, that was enough! Split time with cycling and went under the hour for 25ml tt (59.53) in 1961. Best time for 10 miles was 22.40. No sub-15lb bikes in those days! Once rode from Liverpool to Lands End and back in 8 days for 'training'. No Severn Bridge then so crossed the River Severn via the long since defunct Aust Ferry, anyone remember that? Longest single day ride to Betws-y-coed and back, 145 mls.
Could also run a bit but unfortunately Triathlon hadn't been invented then! Did the next best thing and coached no.1 son to compete for G.Britain in several European and World Ironman Championships. His times/results now make mine look fairly tame, but, as the ubiquitous 'they' say, "things were different then".
Oh, also got a belt in Wing Chun later in life, just before diagnosis of 'Pagets' ended sporting activities.
Nice to talk about it all though.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Mar 2012 22:49:58 BDT
Last edited by the author on 29 Mar 2012 22:50:51 BDT
MC Zaptone says:
" I'll be damned if I'm taking up bowls." Funny the reputation it's got over here as an old peoples game. I'm regularly playing/watching games with Kiwis and Aussies in their early twenties all of them regular Rugby and Cricket players. This year my club are holding a 'Down-under Day' and we have had requests from the Australian Cricket Team to take part after the final ODI at Old Trafford.
Hopefully this might change over time as we have youngsters who take it for Sport GCSE (or todays equivalent). As an avid ex-snooker player I love the tactical skill required for Triples and Rinks and think more people would love it if they tried it.
I also reckon that the game in general has become much more relaxed than it used to be as they search for younger members.
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