All other sports back in full swing . . .


The baseball section, represented by Lisboa Basebol Clube, will play a double-header on the Astro pitch this Sunday. The first game starts at 9.30am against Associação Académica da Universidade de Aveiro, while the second game is scheduled for 1.30pm versus White Sharks de Almada. The baseball section plays in the country’s main league, organised by the Portuguese Baseball Federation (Federação Portuguesa de Basebol e Softbol) and will be wrapping up the season at the end of September, hoping to be part of play-off games in October. At the moment, Basebol Clube Tigres de Loulé is at the top of the league. The section practises every Saturday on the Astro from 11.30am onwards.


In tennis news, Greg Leadbeater, head of the Lisbon Casuals tennis section, has made contact with the captain of Sweden’s Ystadt Tennis Club, Christer Andersson, who is expected to come to the facilities in early October with a view to setting up a tournament for next year. The section, which trains every Saturday and Sunday from 11am onwards, is playing its next tournament against Rocha Brava (Algarve) in late September. The section will also play in its big annual game against the Oporto Cricket and Lawn Tennis Club on October 16.


The badminton section expects to meet next week to organise fixtures. They practise on Wednesday evenings in the hall at St. Julian’s from 7.30pm onwards.


The hockey section, which practises on Saturdays from 2pm to 5pm, is planning regular fixtures starting from next week. The section, which plays men’s, women’s, and mixed matches, plans to organise games against local sides such as Cascais, Benfica, Casa Pia and Belenenses. According to section head, Jerry Harris, their next scheduled game will be against a group of students travelling to Portugal from Holland in early October. Hockey is the only Casuals section that has specific practices for children (around six to 14 years old). Practice is from 2pm to 3pm on Saturdays for children and 3pmto 5pm for adults. They also train on Wednesdays from 8pm to 10pm.


The footballers started training again this week on Wednesday night, which will be their regular training hour throughout the season. Paul Hammond, head of the section, said regular fixtures will start in October, with games on Saturday mornings and afternoons. The football section plays teams from NATO, St. Julian’s, the Algarve, Porto, England and Holland.


The Lisbon Hash House Harriers, many of whom are members of the Lisbon Casuals Sports Club, got together last Saturday for Lisbon Hash number 499C, near the Zambujeiro-Murches area in Cascais. The next hash will be on September 11 and the meeting place will be behind Casino Estoril at 1.50pm. LH3 are planning their 500th hash for October 8 to 10, the ‘Vindima’, or wine harvest, hash. People from all over the world are expected. The meeting will be on Friday at 4pm in the Palm Tree bar/restaurant in Largo de Camões in Cascais. Regular hashes are every fortnight.

Scottish dancing

Although not a sport, Scottish dancing is also a part of the club, and they are planning to meet next week to start their regular sessions on Thursday evenings from 8pm to 10.45pm. Sessions are held in the Casuals’ clubhouse, but according to Roger Picken, their secretary, they have been slowly making the shift to the school’s hall and gym, due to the slippery surface of the clubhouse.