This week we visited our friends at St Barbaras, the weather is still on our side. However it would be nice to have a little cooling shower, the game was reduced, with agreement from both Captains, to 18 ends due to the continuing heatwave. Our local rivals have had an issue this last week with their watering system and this was evident by the green condition. Difficult to read and hold the weight doesn’t even begin to explain how the green played.(ice)
The number of ends won this week shows that this was going to be a close game, Jaguar won 45ends and St Barbaras won 45 ends , wow this is tight game. When you consider the green condition ( and we accept it was the same for both sides ) the Jaguar team are probably chuffed with the result. The final score actually came down to the last end of the last rink on the green, the score being Jaguar 83 / St Barbaras 82. To get a win on this green, admittedly by only one shot was a massive feat of achievement and thank you and well done to all involved.
Rink 1 was skippered by John Gardner won 18/17, with 5 ends to go Jaguar was 6 shots up, take nothing for granted in this game, St Barbaras hit back with 8 shots over 3 ends to take the lead at a crucial time in the game. Jaguars No 3 Jenny took the jack into the ditch this enabled Jaguar to take 2 shots on final end and the match.
Rink 2 skippered by Captain Darren won with a score of 20/17, with 3 ends to play Jaguar dropped a 6. Up to this point Jaguar was keeping the scoreboard ticking over then on the 15th end the dreaded 6 this levelled things up and best of 3 ends ensued. St Barbaras struck first with a 2 Jaguar scored a 1 this meant one shot behind last end. Jaguar struck with a 4 on last end, this also meant winning 10ends to 8ends for the Jag. Thanks to all the players on the rink, one end must be a record for with 6 players already bowled there was a grand total of 4 woods on the green ( I use green as a generic term related to bowls)
Rink 3 skippered by John Eyles lost with a score of 12/18, this rink looked like a draw and with 2/3 of the game played there was little in it. The scoring was shared between the two teams over the first 12 ends. However, the 14th end proved decisive Jaguar was hit with a 5 from St Barbaras and this was enough.
Rink 4 skippered by Bill Price won with a score of 20/11 again 2/3 into game all looked even, scoring was shared through this period of play. Although in the last third the ends won were shared also, the only difference was that the Jaguar three ends scored 9 shots against 4 from St Barbaras. This proved enough for Bill to take the highest winning rink this week, well done to all the Jaguar players on Rink 4.
Rink 5 skippered by Ken lost with a score of 13/19, looking at the scorecard this was a struggle, we had to sub a player this didn’t help, but that’s not an excuse. Jaguar scored their first point in the 7th end ( 2/3 into game) remember the tricky green mentioned earlier, by this stage Jaguar was 10/1 down. Jaguar scored a three to get off the mark, but St Barbaras reeled off 8 shots over 4 ends. looking at the card Jaguar tried really hard to catch up, picking up 10 shots over 5 ends to make the score more respectable.
We have already mentioned how difficult the green was today, no fault of St Barbaras, equipment failure is one of those things. When you combine these circumstances with the current weather anomaly and it has a massive affect on the actual playing surface.
I would like to thank Val Gardner for her assistance in collecting the match fees before the game. With the support of the committee, I personally can’t see any reason why this system can’t continue.
Thank you to all the ladies who put their names down for this game, it was a little uncomfortable at the last mixed game when the opposition ask where are all the ladies for a mixed game.