Season Review Day 6. It’s Tough in the top flight

Rebels-v-KnightsIt was another tough season in Division 1 for the Rebels. They did win more games, gain more points and concede fewer runs than 2017, but all that wasn’t enough to better their position from 12 months ago. That, in truth, was a little frustrating for the team, especially when looking at the table to see they were as close to 4th place as 8th.

Tough Start

The Rebels couldn’t have had a tougher start to the season, their first three games would be against the top three from last year, starting with a home game against the Knights.

In 2017, the Rebels open their season against the Knights and lost. 2018 started in the same way with a 31-10 defeat.  The positives from the game were that the Rebels scored 10 runs.

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The First Derby

There was little time for the Rebels to smart over that early defeat as the next game up was the first club derby.  This derby was one that wouldn’t live long in the memory. The Rebels had a night to forget with both bat and glove. The 18-3 score line does indeed tell the story of the game. Going into the game both teams knew that their respective seasons would not be decided on these derby games, and both would have been happy to get this one out the way early.

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When will May End?

May just kept heaping pain in the Rebels. Following the heavy derby defeat an away trip to Farnham Phoenix capped a low month. the 22-1 defeat matched the margin of defeat inflicted by the Knights, but without the positive of scoring runs. The Rebels just weren’t able to score enough runs to give themselves a shot and when May ended in a rain out with the game against TV Typhoons, a team that the Rebels knew they had to take points off during the season to survive, being put off till later in the season it was a bit of relief.

June Starts with a Flourish

A new month and an early change of fortune. A win, an away win at that and an impressive run tally. The 26-1 win over the Tornadoes game the Rebels the “W” they had been looking for. It also kicked started their offense. While defeats against the Blue Sox and Jets would follow, the Rebels were at least scoring runs now.

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28-14 doesn’t sound that good, but 14 runs was a season high so far and the margin of defeat was the smallest, That was surpassed a week later with a narrow 17-7 to the Jets. The optimism that could have been taken out of those results vanished as June ended in the heaviest defeat of the season in the return derby. This was an evening when it was more the Rebels just has a severe off night as opposed to the Royals playing well. The Royals had, after all, come into this game on the back of two demoralising defeats. This derby is truly filled in the “Bad day at the office draw”.

Survival Comes in July

The business end of the season started with the return fixtures against the Knights and Phoenix. The league position was getting a little tense, TV Tornados had been having an equally rough ride, but a surprise win over Phoenix meant they were matching the Rebels record and only the runs being conceded by the Tornados was keeping them at the bottom. That position strengthened as the Rebels put in a strong performance against the Knights. The 17-12 defeat was the closet game between the teams to date and to only loose by 5 was a help to the Rebels cause. An equally strong performance against Phoenix saw the Rebels go down 22-11, in a game that could have gone their way.

With the season closing fast the Rebels dug deep and got their second win of the year. A tight 27-20 win at home to the Typhoons put Division 1 survival in sight. Nervy, close, at this stage as win is worth its weight and set the Rebels up for the game that all but secured their top-flight status. The 33-22 win over the TV Tornados put distance between the two teams at the bottom. The Tornados had to find two wins from somewhere and with games running out, it did look like only a matter of time before they would go.

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July ended with a bump, another away defeat came against the Blue Sox. The Rebels were on top for most of this game and lost out in the final stages. However, results were going their way elsewhere. The final official fixtures was a 33-6 defeat against the BA Jets, this result secured the Jets survival and a few days later in their make-up game against Tornados their victory secured the Rebels survival.

TV did have the final say of the year. The Typhoons gain revenge for the earlier defeat with a 26-16 victory to end the Rebels season with another defeat.

With 3 wins and 11 defeats, it was a really tough season, but the Rebels did finish 5 points clear of the relegation place and only 6 points off 4th place. It’s a tough tight league and while on paper it doesn’t look all that good, there were lots of positives during the season. For one, they are in Division 1 again next season.

Come and Try Softball

MSC LogoWe run sessions on Friday’s throughout the year to enable anyone interested to try Softball. If you think you would like to give Softball a try, or to learn more about Maidenhead Softball Club and to get involved in Softball, contact us on maidenheadsoftballclub@outlook.com.

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