Ashford v RBBG

MORE RINKS? PERHAPS NOT. MORE ASHFORD? YES, PLEASE

This year’s Ashford match involved what might prove to be a one-off experience of rinks. We very occasionally play singles in our competitions, and pairs in roll ups, but triples, with three woods is what we know and love. For rinks each player has just two woods and you always feel you could have nailed it with that third wood!

Strangely enough it was our one triple of the day, Bruce, Penny and Geoff on rink 5, who fared worst. But that seems to have been more down to stamina than anything, as more than half way into the match there was only one shot in it. But then Ashford’s Marian, Alan and Barry piled on the points, sixteen without reply in ends 10 to 13, and the last score I recorded for the match saw us lose 8-25.

On rink 4 David, Julie and Hans, with Ashford’s Barbara guesting for us, were also in the hunt at halfway, leading 9-8, but another big performance for Ashford by Gill, Mick, Graham and Tony gave them another good win by 23-12. So often it is the later stages that see us falter – I don’t think our rollups prepare us for sixteen ends.

Rink 6 seemed further confirmation of this theory as it was only at the three quarter mark that Ashford took the lead 9-8, and that was only after skip John took the end with the last wood when we holding two. But then Peggy, Alan and Dennis joined him in racking up several shots in the run in to win 16-9, this time Peter snatching the end for us with last wood of the match to restrict the margin of defeat. Pat and Bella, who shared lead, Barbara and Peter plus Ashford’s Martin nevertheless put in a decent shift, and Peter will hope to continue producing some good shots with RBBG’s bowling arm, which he tried for the first time. Good luck, Peter, and to RBBG’s John, also, in the competitions during their stay at Blind Veterans.

A particular word for Ashford’s skip, John, on rink 6. At 92, John is a few months older than our Bella, 92 in May – it was pure coincidence that they were drawn on the same rink. And how well John played, he and Bella a great advertisement for the benefits of bowling, good exercise and good company, with both in evidence across the green.

RBBG’s John was on rink 2 with Mark, Mick and Ashford’s Mary, and they had a good day. Through this match it was a slow accumulation of shots, usually just one in each end, before RBBG ran out 17-9 winners, with Ashford’s Mick, Sheila, Ron and David paying for a very slow start. The losing margin of eight shots had been established at half way, the second half was even at 6-6.

We had winners on the day on rink 3, also, in the form of Marian, Tony, Tom and Ashford’s John. Again, very few ends resulted in more than single shot wins for one team or the other. Paul, Jean, David and Roy fought hard but ultimately it was a win for RBBG at 18-9 – so by one shot they had bettered the players on rink 2 to secure RBBG rink honours.

We enjoyed an excellent meal post match, and we thank the Ashford club for their hospitality and friendship. With even the weather being kind, staying mild and dry, it was a perfect day out for us and we look forward very much to next year – but triples, we hope!