The baseball section, represented by Lisboa Basebol Clube (LBC), were to travel to Loulé last Sunday, but because it couldn’t get the mandatory minimum number of players to go (nine), the game was considered a forfeit in favour of Loulé. Several of the top players had work commitments, according to Miguel Cardoso, Club President. Around the league, Loulé lost its morning game to Núcleo de Basebol da Universidade de Aveiro (6-12), which helped the team from the land of ‘ovos moles’ remain in first place. This Sunday, LBC will travel up North to play Caciques de Espinho. The section practises every Saturday on the Astroturf pitch at the Casuals from 11:30am to 2pm.
Stuart Smith, ex-captain of the rugby team, said plans are still on for Sunday’s match against Oeiras, though by the time The Resident went to press, the venue had not been confirmed. Rugby plays around 10 games every season, against a mixture of Portuguese sides, touring sides and Royal Navy Ships.
There was a league match played at the Casuals last Sunday between Friends Cricket Club (FCC) and Comunidade Hindu Portuguesa (CHP). Friends batted first and were in trouble at 85 runs for eight wickets after 20 overs, but their tailenders bailed them out, finishing on 188 all out. In reply CHP put on 161 runs for 7 after 29 overs, but because of a slow over rate, the game could not be completed. A projected score gave CHP victory (191 runs), but the captains agreed that if points become important for league positions, the game could be replayed. This Sunday Oeiras Cricket Club (OCC), formerly the Lisbon Casuals cricket team, play Friends.
In hockey news, the section is expected to play a match tomorrow at 3pm against Dramático de Cascais at the Casuals, reported Kai Wenzel. Last weekend regular practise was held on Saturday, and the section hopes to start junior practises in the first weekend of October. Eventually the section is expecting practise to be from 2pm to 3pm on Saturdays for children and 3pm to 5pm for adults. They also train on Wednesdays from 8pm to 10pm.
The Lisbon Hash House Harriers are counting down to their 500th celebratory weekend, taking place between October 8 and 10. The next hash will start at 2pm from the parking area behind the Estoril Casino tomorrow (September 25). The group offers the opportunity to enjoy good company and exercise in the beautiful Lisbon/Cascais countryside. The Lisbon hash is a family hash – its youngest participant is 18 months old, and it has several family pets (dogs) that come and join the run. In all, 36 hashers, including three dogs and one toddler, took part in the last hash, Lisbon Hash number 499d, which started in Monsanto, Lisbon. The trail was approximately 20km for the runners and 12km for the walkers. Two hashers wore ‘I have survived the hurricane’ T-shirts from their recent trip to Florida, but of course were punished for wearing these shirts instead of the regulation Hash version, and had to drink a ‘down down’.
The Scottish Country Dancing section had its second session yesterday, after resuming its sessions in the Casuals’ clubhouse last week. A start was made on learning the dances on the social programme of the Iberian Weekend. Despite the fact that the group already knew some of the dances, ‘summer holiday amnesia’ seemed to have struck a large number of members and progress was slower than might have been expected, although this meant the relative beginners present were at no significant disadvantage. The section plans on learning or revising four or five dances from the Iberian programme every week. To find out what they are in advance, please ring Deputy Leader Grace Chidlow. Step and formation practise and other dances, both simple and more advanced, are part of each session’s programme. Newcomers are always welcome.
As the golf section has only been getting three or four people at events recently, it has put off all fixtures until after their big annual event – the Third Casuals Golf Championship, on Sunday December 12 at Penha Longa in Sintra, which will be played at discounted rates. Section head Dave Jackson expects most of the golfers to be present, and they’ll take advantage of the gathering to decide what to do about future events.
at open weekend
Last weekend, the Lisbon Casuals Sports Club held its open weekend and the new season kicked off with a BBQ on Saturday afternoon. Plenty of sport was played throughout the day, including tennis, baseball, hockey and football, though Chairman Stuart Bloye was disappointed with the low number of potential new members.
To find out when and where to watch or take part in these sports, or for further information, call their respective representatives: Cricket – Sandy Buccimazza (919 834 060); Baseball – Santo Attinello (214 857 124); Tennis – Greg Leadbeater (214 579 612); Hockey – Jerry Harris(917 517 117); Football – Paul Hammond (916 183 845); Badminton – Jörgen Hultren (969 523 486); Scottish Dancing – Grace Chidlow (968 043 668); Golf – Dave Jackson (919 666 202); Rugby – Stuart Smith (912 257 757) and Hash Master Mark Hanmer (964 686 183).