It was Monday night at Base Backpackers Hostel St Kilda, and little did Base know, they were about to be graced with the legend "Seabiscuit"! (The Peoples Champion). Fresh from dominating a hectic world backpackers ping pong tour, and a cancelled Tiger Airways flight, Seabiscuit was in town!
As the Snakies started to flow, the Biscuit was starting to get the famous bung eye, yes that’s right, the same bung eye that distracts even the most focused of opponents!
It was growing closer and closer to 8pm, the start of the first heats of Base Red Eye Bar Monday Night ping Pong championship. Starting out flying under the radar, Seabiscuit surely but swiftly eliminated each opponent and powered through to the final. With the Monday night Base Bingo crew keen to start pulling numbers, the final was fast tracked to an unscheduled starting time of 8.50pm.
First to step up to the table is Shane, followed by a strong posse of Base guests, emotions were running high! Then from out of the blue Survivors 1982 classic, “eye of the tiger” pumps from the speakers. With hood over head The Biscuit enters, does a couple of laps of the table the whole time never loosing eye contact with Shane.
It didn’t take long for Shane to realize he was out of his depth, but bloody hell he wasn’t going down without a fight! The famous powerhouse backhand shot of The Biscuit proved to be too strong for Shane and his beloved Base guests to handle. After losing graciously and exchanging a well-earned handshake with Shane, Seabiscuit claimed his $50 Bar Tab from Base Red Eye Bar Staff and kindly donated Shots and Snakies to Base Guests!!
I guess that’s why they call him “The Peoples Champion!”
By Paul Byrne.
Base Travel Desk - Stkilda