Our visit to Corley

Only a handful of games left this season and it feels like an eternity, this week we didn’t travel to far and paid a visit to Corley for a return match. The weather was really pleasant and felt really warm at times, the green bowled as well as can be expected      (the usual uphill return to clubhouse). Thank you to Captain Trevor who along with his fellow members put on a lovely afternoon of bowls.

The game this week was a bit juxta to start, one minute we are playing 5rinks ,then 4rinks, then 2 fours and 3 triples. On arrival at Corley we found the home team 2 more players short, this meant we had 32 in total. This being enough for 4 rinks of 4, and also meant the Jaguar had to oblige and lend 3 players to Corley. So the game this week was contested over 84 ends, Jaguar scored on 36 with Corley scoring on 48 ends. The overall score didn’t exactly go the Jags way either when we didn’t win a single rink.

Rink 1 skippered by John B lost with a score of 17/18, at the mid point the scores were level 8 shots a piece, by the 15th end Jaguar found themselves 6shots behind. The next 2 ends see Jaguar score a 3 and 2 to narrow the deficit to just 1, closing 4 ends points shared 3 each thus meaning losing by just 1 shot. Great effort .

Rink 2 skippered by Darren lost with a score of 15/20, the scoring was shared during the game, that is until the Jags dropped a 5 on the 17th end. Dropping this score at this late stage in the game made it really difficult to catch up. Lots of effort put into another game yet again and no result to show. The Jags won 11 ends in this game, however not being able to capitalise on single scores in these ends meant not being able to catch up.

Rink 4 skippered by Ken O lost with a score of 9/31, a slow start saw the Jags 6 shots adrift at the 5th end. By the 10th end this gap had been maintained, still 6 adrift, now Corley went on a mini charge and scored 8 shots over next 4 ends. Jaguar respond with a 3 on the 15th end and Corley come again and win the next 5 ends scoring 12shots. Two mini periods within the game is where Corley did all the damage, Corley took 16ends in this game and the result shows how dominant they were.

Rink 5 skippered by Luke lost with a score of 20/24, the end score on this rink was even , with Corley just edging it 11/10. At the mid point in the game it was honours even, (11 shots a piece). 4 ends later the Jags found themselves 6 shots behind, a big 6 shot drop on the 17th end put the pressure on the Jags who responded by winning 3 of the last 4 ends scoring 6 shots just coming up short. Close game when you look at the scorecard, the difference seems to be the 4 ends where Corley scored some 16 shots.

So this week we didn’t win a single rink as we’ve already said , therefore the normal highest winning rink prize now changes to the lowest losing rink. From the above details we can see that Rink 1 skippered by John B lost by a single point, well done to everyone on Rink 1 . The overall score was Jaguar 61 Corley 93

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