During the Corona Virus lockdown, several of the Thrashers team decided to keep their fitness levels up and support each other’s mental health by participating in the ‘Solent Thrashers 2020 Corona Games’.
The games were the brain child of 5th year DE Lewis Minns.
Que some impressive feats of physicality combined with some even more impressive banter.
Team Members Team Name
Matt Hewlett (WR) & Jake Alward (OL) Beauty & the Beast
Rob Bloodworth (RB) & Dayle Greenfield (WR) Globo Gym Deadly Vipers
Lewis Minns (DL) & Chris Baker (WR) The ‘Baker-Lew’ Line
Paddy Tickner (LB) & J Alex ‘TT’ Geas (RB) The Alouettes
Lou Robbins (OL) & Ally Reid (QB) Transformers
Peter Macey (DB) & Adam McClure (OL) M&M’s
Finley Minns (Fan) & Shaun Minns (Stats) Geriatric & The Juvenile
Adam Bowley (RB) & Charlotte Platt (Fan) Run DNC
Vasily Fedorov (LB) & Mrs Fedorov (Fan) ShuvaS
Brad Sawyers (QB) & Thomas Bane (RB) Blood Sweat and Beers
Efe Collins (RB) & Craig Appleton (LB) Ebony & Ivory
Harry Parsons (DB) & Mike Wing (OL) Little and Large
1: Max press ups in 1 minute
2: Plank for max time
3: Max squat thrusts in 1 minute
4: Wall sit for max time
5: Wonderlic test
6: ‘Minns Medley’ 10 dips, 10 squat thrusts, 10 squats, 10 press ups, 10 high-knees, 10 step ups – fastest time
1. Max Press-ups
What a start to the Corona games! Some seriously impressive numbers mixed with questionable form, depth and lockouts paved the way for hilarious banter and form shaming. The ultra-competitive nature of the team trying to squeeze out dodgy extra reps resulted in the call for the alleged 1970 team press-up champions to judge the videos posted on the Facebook Messenger group. Many, many reps lost their lives that day. The winning team for this challenge was the Globo Gym Deadly Vipers with 129 reps, closely followed by Ebony & Ivory with 127 and M&M’s with 122 reps.
2. Plank for Max Time
Some good times on this event required creativity from several team members, not on how to achieve better times, but on how to get their video file size to upload on to Facebook Messenger. The team quickly learned that music was a key factor in shutting off the pain and extending their times. Fast forwarded videos of team members shaking and grimacing provided evidence of their achievements. The Globo Gym Deadly Viper once again took this event with a combined time of 08:21 with M&M’s in second (07:20) and Ebony & Ivory in third (06:48). The Globo Gym Deadly Vipers were taking a commanding lead with Ebony & Ivory and M&M’s in joint second overall.
3. Max Squat Thrusts in 1 Minute
The squat thrusts finally saw another team take to the podium as the Globo Gym Deadly Vipers let their lead slip. This was the first event that tested lung capacity rather than muscular endurance in 60 seconds of true maximum effort. Winners of this event were Ebony & Ivory (130 reps) with M&M’s once again taking second (126 reps) and in third, new boys to the podium, Blood Sweat and Beers (117 reps).
Points After 3 Events (Top 5)
Ebony & Ivory - 33
M&M’s - 32
Globo Gym Deadly Vipers - 28
Blood Sweat and Beers - 27.5
The Baker-Lew Line - 23
4. Wall Sit for Max Time
M&M’s took their first win (07:12) at a crucial time, just as Ebony & Ivory have an absolute mare finishing 10th out of 12. The Globo Gym Deadly Vipers also saw their earlier grip on the lead fading further, finishing 5th. The Baker-Lew Line took second with 06:34 and The Alouettes in 3rd with 06:08. The two teams getting their 1st podium finishes. Perhaps harder than this event, was not throwing up afterwards.
5. Wonderlic Test
It was time to engage the brains for some quick thinking, if anything this would help rest those worn out bodies, full with lockdown beer and cake. This event gave Beauty & The Beast not only their first podium, but the event win, beating their nearest rivals by a massive 10 points (84). In second and also seeing their 1st podium finish was Transformers with 74, followed by a 2nd consecutive podium for The Baker-Lew Line with 73.
Points with only 1 Event Remaining (Top 5)
M&M’s - 52
Ebony & Ivory - 42
The Baker-Lew Line - 42
Blood Sweat and Beers - 39.5
The Alouettes - 38.5
6. ‘Minns Medley’ (Double Point Event)
With all at steak the form police were out in force again. Inquests in to the step size, chair height (for the dips) and even the order of exercises were reviewed. First place was guaranteed as long as M&M’s managed fifth or better. The battle for second was a different story with 6 teams within 6 points of each other. Impressive speed and quick transitions were key to victory in the event. The times were so close that the event ended in a joint victory. Both M&M’s and Ebony & Ivory took the win with a time of 01:41 with the Globo Gym Deadly Vipers back on the podium with a time of 01:47.
It seems consistency was key for M&M’s finishing no lower than 5th in any event. While all the other teams seemed to have at least one weakness, the GB lineman Adam McClure and the king of the bat-down, Peter Macey were strong throughout. For that reason, they can hold the Corona Cup high.
Position Team Name Points
1 M&M’s 75
2 Ebony & Ivory 65
3 The ‘Baker-Lew’ Line 62
4 Blood Sweat and Beers 59.5
5 Globo Gym Deadly Vipers 57
6 Run DNC 49
7 The Alouettes 48.5
8 Transformers 45.5
9 ShuvaS 33
10 Beauty & The Beast 30.5
11 Geriatric & The Juvenile 22
12 Little and Large 16