Hi everyone, this week we played Highway at their new home venue, St Barbaras. It felt a little strange, almost like a knockout competition on neutral ground. After some head scratching we reduced our numbers to 4 rinks to match up with the Highway numbers. The weather held out, another warm pleasant day, the (green) bowled fairly well and the Highway welcomed us warmly as always. A few niggling problems to start, a couple of drop outs, managed to plug the gaps with reserves. Then the captain gets taken crock on Thursday with gout in his toe. Again pulled in another player, then on the day another withdrawal meaning the Captain has to play. The captain said he fully understood this withdrawal and hopes everything is ok with the members family.
The ends this week was a close affair and the result showed just how close in the end, the Jaguar men won 43 ends and Highway men won 41 ends. Just 2 ends in the whole game, we played 21 ends this week due to the weather being a little cooler. The result overall, well we’ll get to that later. As we’ve said we played 4 rinks this week, and the honours were shared, 2 rinks each, again an indicator that the result may be close.
Rink 2 skippered by John E, ex member of both clubs ( StBarbaras and Highway), won with a score of 16/14. Not a great deal in this game, the 5th end saw Jaguar score a 3 to take a small lead. However, by the 12th end the Highway team had pegged us back. Over the next 6 ends saw Jaguar won 5 ends, achieving a nice 5 shot lead. One end to go Jaguar drop a 3 and the win is in the bag for the Jags, well done.
Rink 3 skippered by Luke, won with a score of 18/14, a run of 6 ends scoring 10 shots gave the Jags a comfortable 11 point lead at the halfway stage. A mini blip meant the Highway team won the next 4 ends scoring 9 shots to get back into the game. The Jags added 3 shots in the next 2 ends to get a 5 shot lead, final 3 ends went in Highways favour winning 2, but taking only 2 shots meant that the Jags held on at the end.
Rink 4 skippered by Captain Darren, lost with a score of 17/23, the score doesn’t reflect truly the order of play. When the Jags managed to catch up they followed it with a needless mishap and dropped shots. The ends in this game were fairly even Jag 10 / Highway 11. With all the team changes this week and on the green issues on the day from the adjacent rink it gets harder and harder just to play a game and enjoy it. It was embarrassing and left a black mark on our club. Apologies were extended to the Highway Captain for the Jaguar members conduct.
Rink 5 skippered by Derek, lost with a score of 15/19. Looking at the scorecard it is evident that the old cliché of “game of 2 halves ” is bang on. At the hallway point the Jags were 13 shots adrift, in the second half the Jags tried everything registering 12 shots to 3 shots. The ends were close at 10/11 and well done to the Jag boys for a massive effort in the second half. Perhaps the experience of Mr Price at lead helped out.
Well Done to Steve Hingston, only your 2nd game for the Jags, the feedback and lovely positive comments from both skips on your rink about your play, must be encouraging for you.
The highest winning rink went to Luke this week on Rink 3, well done after all the disruption at the beginning of the game. The overall score this week went against the Jaguars and was 66/70, only just lost and this is encouraging when you take into account the green condition.
Big Thank You to the following for stepping in: John G, Bill P and Dafydd P.
Also Thank you to John Hurst (Highway) for stepping in, when one of our members had to leave the green unexpectedly, (dubious reasons though) (Rink 3).