Well, as happened last year (and it’s not that odd really, since the full players lists and such aren’t yet sorted out), the fixtures list for the Bodley just changed. The new lineup looks like this:
|Bodley||1||Home||St Benildus A v B||Wed||7:30||24/09/14|
|Bodley B||3||Away||Elm Mount||Mon||7:30||03/11/14|
|Bodley B||6||Home||Rathmines B||Wed||7:30||28/01/15|
|Bodley B||11||Neutral||Rathmines A||Sun||TBC||19/04/15|
So the order of the home/away games has switched around (and now we’re playing four away games instead of five, though we still have the six hour road trip that is Enniscorthy – fair’s fair, they’re having to haul themselves about a lot more than we are in order to compete) and while the first match next Wednesday remains the club A-v-B teams in a home setting, Wicklow and Curragh B have both withdrawn from the Bodley so they’re being replaced by Inchicore and Blanchardstown (but it’s not a straight swap, all the dates have nudged around now that we don’t have a Curragh A-v-B match in round one). Wicklow were a bit of a wildcard team, with at least one very high-ranked player and they should really have been a division or two up but a combination of odd circumstances and the rules put them in the Bodley last year. Start and end dates for the season remain unchanged, but we have a slightly smaller gap over xmas now, coming back on Jan 15 instead of Jan 21. No harm there.
And I’m now acting as a deputy captain for the team (which sounds terribly grandiose, but captain in the Bodley translates to team manager in target shooting or “logistics dogsbody” in English 😀 It just means I’m an adult with a car who didn’t step back sharply enough when people asked for volunteers – it’s not like we have a huge surplus of those at the moment, which is kindof a problem – we actually have more players than captains available). Didn’t think the Code of Ethics for Children In Sport course I did for WTSC would get used in chess, but there you go.
All told, I should be sitting out three of the games so we can cycle players in so everyone gets to play, but that’ll be fairly flexible so it might be more or less than the eight games that I play. And this being my second season, I should now be a little less learning-what-happens-next and a little more on the ball, so hopefully I can hang on to my current rating or push it up slightly (though with so few rated games, that rating number is quite unstable, so I’m taking it with a pinch or two of salt for now).